Arrondissement de Saumur

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  • Day104


    September 5, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The sun went out in Honfleur so we moved south to Saumur on the Loire. The river is looking very dry.
    We found a very nice and peaceful site (Huttopia) situated at the top of the valley side within a vineyard only 6k from Saumur. We enjoyed it so much we stayed for two additional nights.
    We cycled into Saumur on Thursday for a look see and to view a municipal site we had previously stayed at one night on our way back from the south. The 50m pool had fallen into decay and a new small leisure pool installed instead. We then cycled up the Loire for a few miles on the left bank before returning to our site via the sharp hill to the top of the valley.
    Friday saw A take out the road bike for a morning ride down river nearly as far as Angers all along the tourist route which was very enjoyable. K stayed at base to do some sewing in the sunshine.
    Saturday - cycled back to Saumur to look at the market which was very busy. Mussels were selling fast so we got some for evening meal. Spent the afternoon in the warm sun chilling by and swinmming in the fabulous pool.
    Sunday chilling
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  • Day13


    August 12, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    A very sunny and beautiful 40 miles along La Loire, lots of lovely wide sandy beaches and the prettiest village called Le Thoureil right on the waters edge (we're going to live there, obvs).

    Spent the afternoon looking around Montsoreau Chateau, stunning but unfortunately hosting a contemporary art exhibition which neither of us could understand. A lot of staring with blank faces!!!

    Went to Saumur Chateau this morning. Bigger and grander, much more up Olly's rue. Now enjoying an enormous beer before we head back to camp and Olly embarks on his mission to shed some trailer weight, something he has become verging on obsessed with in the last few days... first victim is the much loved air matress :( followed by 'cutting out sections of tent'.

    Update on how much sleep we get tonight awaits...
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  • Day23

    Montjean-sur-Loire to Boussiere. 70 km.

    September 27, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Another 70 km. Another manoir. Ho-hum..😏. Tho with a little bit of adventure.

    Great variety on our ride today and all good paths. Still lots of farmland, forest patches. The Euro-velo took us thru lots of small towns today... very cool riding thru their narrow winding streets. Riding up along the dykes for a good part of the time. And of course along la Loire or a side channel.

    Late getaway after chatting to our hostess Mlyne who's an artist. She wants to spend more time in her craft but the manor keeps her pretty busy. And we think there's always stuff to do around our place! It's for sale...I have her card if you're interested 😊.

    Late coffee with a sampling of the local fromage. It's lunchtime for the workers...their usual 2-1/2 hours for une biere (ou deux), dejeuner-midi, et le nap. A different pace of life.

    Picnic lunch - with wine and more cheese - beside la Loire. Then...what's this?...Get out the lunettes de soleil 🌞! Sun at the back feels great! Pass through the town of Savonnieres, that produces some of the best dry white wine in the world. Duly noted 🤔.

    All going according to plan. Reach the town of St Mathurin Sur Loire at 4:30 pm, stock up at the epicerie and find a chambre. Well...not so fast. Only 2 (small) places right in the town and both full. Phone from the tourist info to others in the area...tout complet or get an answering machine which of course I can't understand. it comes 😯. The biker's fear come true!

    Now 5:30 pm and still time to get to the larger town of Saumur - 35 km away - but need to boot it to arrive before dark. So boot it we do, keeping our eyes open for chambres-d'hotes along the way.

    See a sign and take the road a la droite. Can't see any place, so why not ask the locals? Oh yah...we don't speak their language 🙄. (A bit surprised at how little English is spoken in what is a pretty major tourist area). Back to the main road. See another sign a ways ahead and turn a la droite aussi. But just how far up this road is this idea. Back to the main road. A little more time wasted 😯.

    45 minutes later - Voila! La Boussiniere chambres-d'hotes. In the middle of nowhere (tho not much is too far around here...just lots farther on a bike!). Another very cool manor up on the hill, built in 1626. Just one other set of guests...c'est tout. So lots of places to just have to know where to find them 🙄. We now have places booked for the next 4 nights 🤣.
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  • Day4

    Along the Loire to Fontevraud L'Abbeye

    May 23, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The Loire last night by the campsite.

    Fellow campers are also cycling to Nice, heavily laden. Target 60 km a day.

    Refreshments at a Petanque competition.

    Lunch was a tasting menu in a cave (home grown mushrooms ).

  • Day2


    October 8, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Lundi, 8 octobre 2018
    Nous voulons atteindre ce soir la région des châteaux de la Loire et trouver un aussi bel endroit pour notre bivouac que hier soir. En passant par Montargis et Orléans, nous suivons dorénavant la Loire. Beaugency est une belle ville médiévale avec abbatiale et château. Nous allons admirer ce petit joyau et laissons nous gâter au Relais du Château. En passant Blois et Tours, nous arrivons à l'embouchure de la Vienne dans la Loire et prenons nos quartiers à Montsoreau au camping L'Isle Verte, au bord de la Loire. Une petite promenade nous fait découvrir ce bourg, son château et ses ruelles étroites. Une bière sous les derniers rayons de soleil, nous fait du bien.Read more

  • Day123

    Saumur, Loire Valley

    October 6, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We had read in the guide books that Saumur was an interesting place to visit so we headed there, staying at another aire on a island in the middle of the Loire river.

    With the sun shining, we jumped on the bike and headed a few kilometres away to visit a mushroom museum and farm located in troglodyte caves. We learnt a lot about mushrooms from all over the world and how they are produced.

    Distillery Combier, which started in 1834, is the birthplace of the original Triple Sec. We learnt about the process of distilling this delicious drink using Haitian orange skins and how Gustav Eiffel was responsible for designing the distillery interior. They have recently had the law changed and are now legally making absinthe again. After our tour, we sampled a range of their products and came away with a bottle of their famous Triple Sec which we were told to keep in the freezer.
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  • Day33


    September 18, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Aujourdhui, c'était 1 ère étape avec mon "nouveau" vélo...
    Profitant de la journée du Patrimoine, on part avec les cousins (V.B., F.B et p.v.) vers Saumur pour visiter le musée des blindés...
    Au 5ème kilomètre, je touche la roue de mon filleul à 35km/h et en quelques instants, ma face, mon épaule et ma cuisse carressaient le bitume...Read more

  • Day15

    Saumur AirBnB

    June 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    For two nights to rest etc.

  • Day5

    Le Chantepie

    July 1, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

    Woke up to a grey morning but cool so perfect for a small 6km run along the Loire. Lunch soon followed at a lovely little restaurant where we all had Plat du Jour and a nice bottle of Sauvignon. Walk back to camp followed by a short snooze and the planning of next stop, somewhere near Bordeaux, that is where the sun appears to have gone 😎. Dinner of sausage baguette foliwed by caremelised bananas in Calvados and fromage blanc! Lush !!Read more

  • Day3

    Le Chantepie camping

    June 29, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

    Met up with the Wards in Saumur, popped into Ackerman wine caves and procured several cases of fizz and white wine. Lesley cooked a lovely tagine for dinner and provided dessert in the form of lemon meringue. More fizz followed and then some sampling of Calvados from Mont St Michel region that Mike had cleverly provided.
    A long sleep followed
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