Night trains and ferries

Amsterdam, city of bicycles.

Our Interrail trip through Europe in fall 2015: Basel, night train to Berlin, reminiscences of the Wall in 1989. Currywurst from a jovial salesgirl and Jazz concert in A-Trane. Overcrowded train to Amsterdam. Jazz Cafe Alto and FOAM photo museum. Short walk in Rotterdam. Overnight ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich. London was jammed and we were late…… Continue reading Night trains and ferries

Col d’Izoard

A cyclist climbs the road to Col d'Izoard (2360 m) leading through dramatic rock formations and pinnacles – La Casse Deserte.

Col d’Izoard is a 2360 m mountain pass in the French Alps categorized as an Hors Categorie climb in the Tour de France. Le Tour first climbed the Col d’Izoard in 1922 – in those days over unpaved roads. There is a memorial near the summit commemorating the epic battles between Fausto Coppi and Louison…… Continue reading Col d’Izoard

Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux (1912 m) in the Provence is a lonely giant with a white head of bare limestone without any vegetation. The classic climb from BĂ©doin has an elevation gain of 1551 meters over 21.3 kilometers and attracts amateur cyclists from all over the world. The stretch through the forest to Chalet Reynard is hard…… Continue reading Mont Ventoux

Tour de France 2014: Stage 14

Riders descend from Col d'Izoard during Tour de France stage 14 leading from Grenoble to Risoul July 19, 2014.

For the 2014 Tour de France, things were a bit different from other races, photographically speaking. Instead of covering several stages of the Tour as before, I concentrated on one Ă©tape and tried to broaden the view. The product is on its own microsite entitled «Stage 14». Col d’Izoard Because of the dramatic landscape I chose stage 14 of the 2014…… Continue reading Tour de France 2014: Stage 14

Postcard from Provence

Lavender field in Provence.

Sault is a village in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-CĂ´te d’Azur region in France with hundreds of lavender fields in the area. The historical use of lavender goes back more than two thousand years. Lavender is essential for perfumes and cosmetics and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects. Lavender is also insect repellant – although bees visiting lavender…… Continue reading Postcard from Provence

Tour de France 2014 Race Preview

The 101st Tour de France starts in hilly Yorkshire in Northern England on 5th July 2014. The race will be an intense fight between Alberto Contador and defending champion Chris Froome. Cycling has become big in Britain – no wonder after two Tour de France wins by British Team Sky by Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and…… Continue reading Tour de France 2014 Race Preview

Tour de France 2012

A rider ascents at the Mur de Péguère pass in the Pyrenees during the 14th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Limoux and Foix, July 15, 2012.

In a great team performance, Bradley Wiggins won the 99th edition of the Tour de France after having taken the lead in the first time trial. With persistent concentration, the Sky team escorted their captain over the 3497 kilometers of the Tour. The First British Tour de France Winner Sky team paced the peloton in…… Continue reading Tour de France 2012

Tour de France, Stage 16

Thomas Voeckler of team Europcar descends from the Col de Peyresourde in the Pyrenees during the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Pau and Bagnères-de-Luchon, July 18, 2012.

After the flat stage in the Gascogne on Monday, the riders had a day off on Tuesday. So far, they’ve cycled 2751 kilometers in a bit more than 68 hours. Bradley Wiggins has a lead of three minutes to last year’s Tour winner Cadel Evans. Four days are left until the finish in Paris. Stage…… Continue reading Tour de France, Stage 16

Tour de France, Stage 15

Nicki Sorensen of team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank cycles near Montesquiou in the Gascogne during the 15th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Samatan and Pau, July 16, 2012.

The 15th stage of the 99th Tour de France leads through the Gascogne, land of d’Artagnan, Alexandre Dumas’s character in The Three Musketeers. The stage starts in Samatan. The town is home of the Foie Gras fair, but the Tour riders don’t have the time to taste it. The route is pretty flat on to…… Continue reading Tour de France, Stage 15