Arc de Triomphe – Napoleon’s Triumphal Arch

"Go Home Beneath Triumphal Arch" - A Promise by Napoleon to his Men: Though less artistic than its older cousin of Porte Saint-Denis, the Arc de Triomphe is the more famous and far larger. Set on Place de Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, atop the hill of Chaillot, it forms the centre from which … [Read more...]

St Bernard Pass – gateway throughout the ages

From Martigny in Switzerland (along the Via Francigena) we struggled over the hardy obstacle of a mountain ridge. Because a flood two weeks before had washed away the walking track and the railway track - both of which followed the river. We had planned to walk from Martigny to Orsieres that day, … [Read more...]