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Arrondissement de Saumur

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  • Day23

    Montjean-sur-Loire to Boussiere. 70 km.

    September 27, 2017 in France

    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. Uh-oh...here 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 chambre....no 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 stay...you just have to know where to find them 🙄. We now have places booked for the next 4 nights 🤣.
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  • Day2

    Montsoreau

    October 8 in France

    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

  • Day13

    Montsoreau

    August 12, 2016 in France

    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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  • Day104

    Saumur

    September 5 in France

    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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  • Day123

    Saumur, Loire Valley

    October 6, 2017 in France

    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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  • Day16

    Le Guedeniau

    September 30 in France

    This is one of our favourite French Aires and we usually stop off hear for the night before the long drive to Calais.
    Not much happening but it is safe and free. There is a collection box by the water point that we put a few Euros in before leaving.
    At the Aires this time we found ourselves parking next to a group of French Mushroom hunters and using the international language of Wine a very pleasant evening was had by all.
    The group photo is very dark but it’s the memory that counts.
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  • Day33

    J+31

    September 18, 2016 in France

    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

    For two nights to rest etc.

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Arrondissement de Saumur

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