RIP Queen of Soul

Sun is setting gently over the valley. A quiet evening in, TV off, listening to Aretha Franklin playlists in respect of the Queen of Soul who died yesterday. One of my absolute favourite singers.

I have been singing R.E,S.P.E.C.T all day, not least on my bike ride to work this morning. 1 song, nearly 90 minutes. Seems right.

Great playlist in the Guardian this morning too – here. 

I guess you could click on any link and hear something great. But for fun and entertainment from someone who could do everything – her turn in the Blues Brothers movie near steals the whole show.

Enjoy.

#WorldBicycleDay – celebrating cycling through my years

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Celebrating World Bicycle Day Destination: the Butte de Lion, memorial on the site of the Battle of Waterloo – 1815 Connection? Invention of the bicycle – just 2 years later – 1817 Ensemble: Shorts of the Cyclists’ Touring Club – … Continue reading

#WorldBicycleDay is here! Celebrating everywhere

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It is easy to be skeptical about promotional days and wonder how anyone choses them. But if ever there was a day that has my name on it Sunday 3rd June is the one. Due to a lobbying campaign by … Continue reading

This is why Venice stays in my recommendations for your “bucket list”

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Venice. The city on the lagoon. “La Serenissima”, the serene one. One of the world’s most iconic tourist sights. Or a city swamped in tourists creating an ecological nightmare? Let me put my personal cards on the table. I have … Continue reading

Great people, great cycling and perfect weather – Ljubljana provides all the elements for a perfect cycle tour

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Many elements came together last week for a memorable bike tour around Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia. I had already rather fallen for Ljubljana’s charms on previous trips, (post here) but this time I had a glorious spring afternoon and great … Continue reading

Does it get any more Dutch? Cycling to the frozen canal to go skating

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After two very cold days in Utrecht this was going to be a blog post about the resilience of the bare-headed Dutch cyclists riding around in a wind chill of minus 10 Celsius. Or maybe a quick update on the … Continue reading

Timeless scenes of France – Market day beneath the plane trees

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Morning coffee and a croissant at the market in La Grand Combe. A seemingly timeless scene. We love local markets when we are on holiday because the produce just seems brighter and more interesting than at home, and because of … Continue reading