Smell of burnt rubber

The circuit Reims-Gueux was a Grand Prix motor racing road course
located in Gueux, west of Reims in the Champagne region – established in 1926.
The almost 8 km long circuit placed with start/finish line on public road.
The last year for Formula One at Reims came in 1966,
the final sports car competitions were held in 1969,
motorcycle racing continued for another 3 years.
In 1972, Reims-Gueux closed permanently due to financial difficulties.
In 1997 a historic race was cancelled for technical reasons.
So in 2002, the bulldozers arrived to demolish some portions of the track.
A few sections of the old buildings are still visible today around the pit lane.

The smell of burnt rubber almost gone.


Cheese story

Guess most have heard of the Camembert cheese.
Fewer may know that it is named after a small village in southern Normandy.
About the 2 very popular cheeses camembert and brie – from each regions of France.
it is said that the difference between them is only 300 km.
It is true in terms of distance, but there are similarities and differences as well.

The story tells that a priest on the run from the Brie area,
hid at a farmer’s wife in the village of Camembert.
As thanks for the help, he leave the cheese recipe for her.
The adventure of the Camembert cheese was thus underway.
The farmer’s wife was Marie Harel,
she is attributed as the mother of the cheese.

Marie Harel is honored both in the village and in the larger town of Vimoutier.
The last mentioned place with a statue that lost its head and other injuries,
during fighting during the invasion of Normandy.
The locals couldn’t afford the re-establishment of the sculpture.
Dairiemen from US Ohio, some of them had been in the battles.
They sponsored a new Marie Harel statue, it’s “cheese with heart”.

Remembrance of partnership

Dancing in the streets too, all the events are due 75 years since D-Day.

As usual inspired by “Restlessjo” and her “Monday walk” themes.

US rangers climbs the cliffs of Normandy in France
to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
The same way as the it happen in 1944.
This time without hostile fire and probably better developed equipment.
The old boys who took the real trip up in the 40s,
however nodded admiringly as they saw the young climb up.


Give way, railway

Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands.
Though it is the most northerly, is actually the closest to France,
which is only a bit less than 10 kilometers away.

As the only of the Channel islands, it still have a railway.
The amazing distance of a bit more than 3 kilometers.
With 2 stations and some pitstops.
The Alderney Railway was opened in 1847.
The railway is run by volunteers
– usually operates during summer weekends and bank holidays.

Its original purpose was to carry stone from the eastern end of the island
– to build the breakwater and the victorian era forts.

As usual inspired by “Restlessjo” and her “Monday walk” themes.

Headquarters at the east end of the track
One of the enthusiasts meets to work / hobby.

Along the route.

Rocky seaside

Fort Clonque is a 19th-century coastal fortress in Alderney.
Built at a time when french naval power,
was becoming an increasing concern to the british.
Built on a rocky outcrop of land joined to the island by a causeway
– that can be submerged at high tide.
It was manned by fifty men and fortified with up to 10 guns,
mostly 68-pounders, however none was ever fired in anger.

Scenes from a Gene Kelly film were shot at Fort Clonque in 1953.

The fort fell into disuse before being rescued by investors in 1966,
it now provides comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 13 people.

Caught in different angles and tidal.