Park Güell, Gaudí’s wonderfully eccentric park with its giant salamander made of brightly coloured tiles, was finished in 1900. Photograph: Getty

When Carl Clancy finally made it to Barcelona in February 1913, he installed himself in a two-bedroom apartment with a balcony(...)

Le Perthus: Pyrenean frontier village “shopping hell”. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

When Carl Clancy rode his Henderson motorcycle over the Pyrenees from France into Spain 100 years ago, it's a fair bet that Le Perthus was just(...)

“I will never buy Chenonceau, even though, were there any justice in the world, it would be mine, all mine.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Carl Clancy’s route south from Chartres took him into the Loire Valley: the valley of the big, fat, lazy river, of impossibly beautiful small t(...)

          Chartres Cathedral: “One could stay for weeks, months even and still not notice everything or feel one had done justice to the achievement of the architect, builders, masons and stained-glass makers who had created it.” Photograph: Alain Jocard

Carl Clancy rode away from Paris alone after his erstwhile partner, Walter Storey, returned to the United States, without explanation in Clancy(...)

James Joyce. While staying at the Grand Hotel Corneille in  1902/03 he hoped for, among other things, some regular work with The Irish Times. Photograph: Getty

Rue Corneille is a narrow street, perhaps 150m long, linking Place Paul Claudel and the Place de L’Odéon on Paris’s Left Bank. Today it (...)

The former Grand Hotel Corneille (now apartments) in Paris (right) and ajoining bookshop.   Carl Clancy stayed at the hotel in 1912/13; as did, at other  times,  James Joyce, JM Synge and WB Yeats. Photogaph: Peter Murtagh

When Carl Clancy and Walter Storey breezed into Paris in late November 1912, during all the time th(...)

Candle-lit memorial shrine to Bishop Oscar Romero, murdered in El Salvador in 1998, in the Church of Notre Dame in Bruges. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Dutch, Belgian and northeastern parts of France through which Carl Clancy rode his motorcycle in November 1912 were sho(...)

Johan Jansen and his 1988 BMW R100 with its home-made luggage boxes. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Johan Jansen is a gardener. He is 50 years of age and single. Johan lives in Eindhoven in the southern part of the Netherlands, not too f(...)

Gary Walker photographing Henk te Veldhuis’s local history book. Photograph: Peter Murtagh.

It would be easy to think the Netherlands is one big motorway. As we travel south from Amsterdam on Easter we(...)

Gary Walker holding up the Ace Cafe counter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Ace Cafe in north London is a landmark institution for bikers, spoken of with reverence and respect. It is in a scroful(...)