Comfort zone crusher: Col du Tourmalet

Table of contents

  1. Prologue
  2. The Pyrenees
  3. Col du Tourmalet
  4. Hunt for the Col
  5. Epilogue

Prologue

How to deal with a broken pedal in high altitude mountains

I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.

It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.

As I was climbing up this mountain half an hour ago, a jeep was passing me by, and the …

Inspiring figures of history: Jeanne d’Arc

FAITH is the basis of all “miracles” and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science

– “Think and grow rich”, chapter 3

Introduction

It is the 29 April 1429.

English troops have been besieging Orléans, a city situated on the powerful Loire river in north-central France, for over six months.

The French royal army faces once more its main adversary in a gruesome and complicated conflict which is smoldering for several decades now (this long period of consecutive military campaigns will later be denominated as Hundred

Visiting Poland: Kraków, Warszawa, Poznań, Szczecin, Wrocław

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Cities and places
    1. Kraków
    2. Warszawa
    3. Poznań
    4. Szczecin
  3. Genealogy
  4. Conclusion

1. Introduction

My mother’s parents are from small towns near Wrocław, a city in Lower Silesia which belongs to Poland since 1945.

My grandparents met in the mid-1930s as my grandfather was working as a butcher in and around Breslau1 (which was the German name of Wrocław) and my grandmother was occupied in her father’s business (Konditorei) in Breslau. They quickly fell in love and married at the end of 1939 only …

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