Art is everywhere in France. In the museums, on and in the cathedrals and chateaux, along the side of the roads I cycle along. Some of this art is quite famous, while others are a little less known. For some reason, I'm drawn to the lesser known, wackier, more out there and interesting works of … Continue reading My Favorite Wild & Wacky French Statues
My second trip to Paris got a little bit exciting, then quite scary ... and then there were riot police, batons and tear gas. It's 1983: I'm the editor of Vertiflite magazine, a publication of the American Helicopter Society. It's June, I'm in Paris, covering the Paris Air Show, a little in over my head … Continue reading My Paris Stories … The Great Riot of 1983
Hardly a day passes but somebody invents a new kind of bicycle. Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 1894 This was so very true, and here are three of my favorite new kinds of bicycle inventions: the Velo-Douche, Lawn Mower Bicycle and the Bicycle Sailboat. The Velo-Douche There’s nothing like a nice, refreshing shower after a long ride. … Continue reading Bicycle History: The Velo-Douche, Lawn Mower Bicycle & Bicycle Sailboat
Beasts and bicycles, just think of all the fascinating possibilities. Here are three of the stories I found in old newspapers that leapt off the faded pages and bit me ... The Bear, the Bicycle, and the Bloomers Bruin was a performer, a dancing bear who lived with his “master” somewhere in London. Apparently this … Continue reading Bicycle History: Lions & Tigers & Bears … and Bikes!
The bicycle is everywhere, in every country and culture, and can be used for good and for evil, as you'll see. So, off we go on a quick bike trip around the world: Spain, France, Greece, Russia, Morocco, England, back to Spain and, finally, South Africa. Spain: No Bull Birmingham Daily Post, England, July 2, … Continue reading Around the World With Bicycle History: A King, Sultan, Bullfighter, Deadly Duel & the World’s Most Expensive Bike