Apart from hiking, cycling is one of my favorite activities during weekends or short vacations.
Bike tours alongside the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.
There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg to the city center of Bamberg, I need about three and a half hours with my mountain bike.
In spring 2017 I spent my holidays in Northern France for both improving my French skills and for deepening my cultural and historical knowledge.
History is a subject I’ve been interested in my whole life, so I was glad to have the opportunity to visit several former war zones in Lorraine and Alsace (Elsass-Lothringen1 ) near the borders to Germany and Luxembourg.
1 German and French names of places, sights, cities etc. will be rendered in italics in this article
The entire border …
This article is a short abstract about a once groundbreaking civil engineering work, which however became wholly obsolete in the 20th century: Le canal du Midi in South France.
I took a short glimpse at parts of this construction, which essential elements were built at the end of the 17th century, during a few days trip to Narbonne and a stay in Toulouse, where the river Garonne is directly jointed with the canal.
Le canal du Midi (“The canal of the South“…