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Hautvillers, Champagne, France

Le Tour de France – Part Five, Champagne

Champagne For Everyone There is more to the region than bubbly, with great cities built up on the wealth of the world’s favourite celebratory drink. The champers capital Reims, it’s smaller cousin Épernay and nearby Troyes are all must sees, as are the Champagne routes with their beguiling scenery, interesting villages and of course their mega rich chateaus. Reims is […]

Riquewihr, Alsace, France

Le Tour de France – Part Four, Alsace, Lorraine & Lyon

Alsace The region that has changed from being German to French on more than one occasion is now firmly part of France, albeit retaining a distinctly Germanic feel in many places. The best known and noticeably most Arian city is the diplomatic centre of Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament Building and the European Court of Human Rights. The city […]

Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France

Le Tour de France – Part Three, Avignon & Roman France

Continuing my alternative tour ideas in France utilising engine power, I am now turning my attention to Romanesque France…… Gaulish The two main cities that you can use as a convenient base to explore the Roman sites are Avignon & Nîmes, so let’s start there. Avignon The walled compact city of Avignon and it’s smaller, younger brother Villeneuve-lès-Avignon sit […]

Villages of Provence

Le Tour de France – Part Two, Provence & The Camargue

Continuing my touring ideas for France, not by bicycle but by road and rail (see my stage one post for Côte d’Azur). Provence Also accessible from Nice, a better gateway is Marseille, especially as you can now get a direct train there from London. You can read about my journey and stay in the great city here. […]

Cannes, France

Le Tour de France – Part One, Côte D’Azur

Perhaps the toughest sporting event of them all, Le Tour de France, is now into its closing few days. Those precipitous mountain roads of the Alps & Pyrenees that they climb make me wince just thinking about them. Hopefully the sport is now totally drug free meaning the event truly is the ultimate test for a […]

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #7 – Damascus

#7 – Damascus, Syria (population estimated 1.8 million) I visited Damascus in 2009, two years before civil war broke out. As a government stronghold, the main city has seen relatively little damage compared to the territories that were held by ‘rebel factions’ or ISIS. I have documented my love of Syria many times on this […]

Isle of Barra, Scotland

Monday Morning Blues #24 – Isle of Barra, Scotland

Every Monday I post a photo featuring the colour blue aimed at beating the Monday morning blues. I am joined by some of my friends on Twitter and it would be great if you joined in too. Just search for @wilburstravels Today is a special edition as I am posting several fabulous photographs taken by […]

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

Monday Morning Blues #16 – Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Every working Monday me and a few of my Twitter pals (@wilburstravels) post a picture on Monday morning aimed at beating those Monday morning blues. Why not join in and spread the word? Post a picture from a wonderful place that features the colour blue. My choice today is of the fabulous mosque in the […]

Brothers-in-Arms, Aleppo Citadel, Syria

Sunday Photos – Citizens of Syria

Yesterday I was honoured to give a talk about my 2009 journey from Istanbul to Damascus at the wonderful Globetrotters Club in London. The journey took me from Istanbul to Ankara, Adana, Antakya, Aleppo, Raqqa Province, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Palmyra and finally Damascus, a distance of over 1,000 miles in 12 wonderful days. I finished […]

Lake, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

Monday Morning Blues #13 – Cambodian Lake

I took this photo in 2015 whilst in Siem Reap Province. Join me in posting a ‘blue themed’ photo every Monday morning to help us all beat those Monday Morning Blues. Join us too on Twitter @wilburstravels.