Tag Archives: Europe

Photos: Central France & the Loire

Still getting photos up onto my Flickr account, although over there I’m actually up to Nantes and nearly at the end of the trip, especially as I took very few photos in Paris right at the end of the trip.

Group Photo at the Loire

Above, group photo at Digion where we met the Loire, the last of this trip’s great rivers!

Modern Stain Glass

Stain glass in Nevers.

Gutter Runner

Gutter running in Nevers, two or three stories above the street.

Looking South from Sancerre

Looking south from Sancerre.

Another gym, Sully-sur-Loire

Our five-star accommodation in Sully-sur-Loire.

Sully Chateau, Straighter

We can’t stop now, we’re in chateau country! The first of the famous Loire chateaus in Sully-sur-Loire.

Bike & Loire

Our lunch stop somewhere along the Loire, near Orleans.

Me, Château de Chambord

Me, with the awesome Chateau de Chambord in the background.

Château de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau – the famous “bridge chateau” over the Cher river.

More to come, we had several more days in the Loire, then Nantes itself, a trip out to the Atlantic from Nantes, and then Paris!

Photos: Eastern France

It’s been a while since my last Europe photo post! Here’s a few photos from the eastern part of France, midway through our May-July 2014 bike tour.

Over on Flickr, I’ve got the entire European Bike Trip 2014 album, and country-specific albums (same photos, just organized by single country) for Austria, Germany, Switzerland and now France. What I put up here on the blog is only ever a selection of photos, please do check the entire collection out over on Flickr!

Dreilanderbrucke Panorama

Rolling Laundry Rack

Besançon Place de la Révolution Panorama

Le Tricolore

Eastward Panorama

Follow The Cat

Bike Kid

Then It Rained Some More

Sacré-Coeur Basilica Panorama

Je Suis Un Chat.

More to come!

Photos: Ulm to Switzerland

Been a little while since my last photo post here. I’m still steadily plowing through the seven weeks of photos I took (nearly 3000…) and have finally reached the end of the German leg and gotten into Switzerland!

The entire collection is over on Flickr, and I’ve also divided it up by country. So far there’s Austria, Germany and Switzerland albums up, with France obviously still to come.

Just a few highlights below!

Ulmer Münster Tower, Panorama

Above, a two-photo stitched panorama of the main tower of Ulm Cathedral.

Obermarchtal Kloster Pano

Obermarchtal Cloister, one of the Catholic hostels we stayed in. Parts of the main building date back to 800 AD…

Pano At Rechtenstein

On a bridge over the Danube.

Schloss Sigmaringen

Schloss Sigmaringen is what happens when you take the basic idea of “castle on a rock” and dial it up ALL the way. It’s awesome.

Toblerone!

You can tell you’re in Switzerland when the incredibly expensive coffee comes with a tiny Toblerone bar instead of a biscuit.

Lots more to come, I’m up to June 19th and the trip went until July 20th!

Photos: Dillingen & Blaubeuren

Dillingen was our last stop in Bavaria; after that it was into Baden-Wurtemburg and, as the joke goes, out of Bavaria and into Germany.

The Jesuits and other Catholic orders have historically been a huge presence in Dillingen, so the main part of the old town is an impressive place with some spectacularly decorated churches.

As always, the entire European tour photo album is over here on Flickr. I’ve also started to set up individual country-specific albums – Austria and Germany so far, Switzerland and France will come in due time.

Dillingen Schloss Pano

Dillingen Tower

Jesuit Church, Dillingen

Blaubeuren is up in the hills above the Danube, and had a distinctly different architectural style to what we’d seen so far down in the river. Very “Brothers Grimm” fairytale German, lots of half-timbered buildings and exposed woodwork. The town is also tucked into a tight bowl with forested hills looming on all sides.

Blaubeuren

Blaubeuren

Blaubeuren Turret

The Blautopf or “Blue Hole” on one edge of the village is the “bottomless” entrance to a series of flooded caves under the town and in the hills around town.

Blaubeuren Blautopf Reflections

More soon, I’m nearly at the end of Germany and have just over a months worth of photos still to go through, process and post!