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Arrondissement de Tours

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  • Day25

    Port Saint Avertin (2)

    August 7, 2016 in France ⋅

    France and August....outside the main cities everybody takes a couple of weeks holiday, almost impossible to find an open shop on a weekend. Shouldn't complain the weather is perfect at the moment (maybe too warm?) so I'd take time off too if I could - hang on, I have.

    Took a ride through the country side, not that busy on the smaller "B" roads which is just well. Driving through small towns can be an experience, the streets sometimes just blend into each other and trafic lights can be hard to read - small and if you pull up at the stop line you can't see them at all, thank god for the helpful french drivers (and their horns) behind you letting you know when it's time to go.

    Some pics of a river and me.......

    Off to Caen tomorrow, then Amiens.

    Cheers
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  • Day27

    Villandry to Amboise. 52 km

    October 1, 2017 in France ⋅

    Our funky B&B was fine but the dinner and brekky just so-so...aren't we getting picky 😜. Think I'd get tired of ducking under beams pretty quickly too (not to mention Daryl!). Nice lady tho.

    Gorgeous ride in the morning...neat towns, nice track and views. Bit of a slog thru Tours mid-day but the bike route well marked and the cathedral jaw-dropping.

    Then into wine country with a vengeance...very tasty in fact 😋. Hanging our hat in Amboise for a couple nites. Balcony off our room is nice. Chateau right around the corner; oozing history. Definite tourist destination with usual tradeoffs...people watching always fun 👬👩‍🚒💩.
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  • Day54

    Day 51

    July 21, 2017 in France ⋅

    Yesterday was a chilled day before hitting up the next few stops which will be on the go pretty much constantly. Tours is a charming little city. There isn't anything touristy it's just a quiet city

    We went to the botanical gardens and I took some inspiration shots for Melinda Ditchburn and Sam Aurisch so that they can add to their gardens haha

    Then we just walked around for a little bit and saw 2 churches the first was the original one which there is minimal left standing and then the replacement church

    We also went down a street which had extremely old buildings which was interesting to see how they were built

    Another night in where I cooked pasta and salad😊
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  • Day24

    Port Saint Avertin

    August 6, 2016 in France ⋅

    Hey.....finally picked up my bike this aftetnoon. There's a pic of it looking down from my hotel window and a pic of the luggage in my room. Laurent (Ride in Tours who found and organised the bike for me) was just fantastic, even picked me up at the station. Took the fast train from Paris as you can see by the speed pic.

    This has to be the cutest town on the planet - had lunch with 3 little old French ladies (at least 80) at a fair I stumbled on (they even tried to get me to dance but then suggested I sit down after they saw my moves!!!)

    Will have a ride around the area tomorrow to get used to the bike, and riding on the right - that first roundabout is a heart stopper.

    2 nights here then off to Caen.

    Cheers...
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  • Day52

    Day 49&50

    July 19, 2017 in France ⋅

    Yesterday was very chilled as in I didn't do much, not temperature as it was 38 degrees so no relief from the heat the hostel had no aircon so was warm but then it stormed last night

    Bus day today from Bordeaux to Tours and we are a hotel room such a good change from hostels and we cooked our own meal of salad, mash and sausages!!!!!

    So good😊
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  • Day25

    Chinon to Villandry. 40 km

    September 29, 2017 in France ⋅

    The stars aligned today.

    Sunshine, flat riding along la Loire, easy pace, easy distance (40 km), what wind there was..at our back, great scenery. Cafe in Huisme showed up at the perfect time for cafe avec pain du chocolate. Same for the lunch spot at Brehemont with the epicerie open to buy du vin. Finish riding at 2:30, funky / wabi-sabi B&B, outstanding gardens at the chateaux, interesting dinner companion.

    Three weeks in and we finally got the pace just right 😃😀!

    Villandry chateau was good but the gardens spectacular! Unimaginable. The pics don't do justice...as usual. It takes 3 full-time gardeners 4 months to prune the 1084 lime trees each year.

    Little adventure trying to get stamps. We stop at a litte town for lunch. Church bells ring noon. I walk over to the post office but they've just closed...less than 2 minutes...and won't sell me a stamp. They open again on Tuesday! Later at the chateau gift shop I ask if they sell stamps. Yes, but you have to buy a postcard. OK...if I buy a postcard can I get more stamps? Nope....and I quote: "One postcard, one stamp". 🤤
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  • Day5

    Day 5 - Le Mans to Tours, 55 miles

    April 20, 2016 in France ⋅

    Part 1

    Awoke to glorious sunshine and a lovely breakfast made by Sara the host at the small guesthouse I stayed in last night. Little did I know what the next 5 hours had in store. The perfect start of the trip came to an abrupt end with one of my hardest cycles. 55 miles, 2,000 ft of climbing, most of it on a busy B road, nothing interesting to see and all of it into an 18mph (with gusts) head/side wind. It was like cycling from Slough to Swindon with someone slapping you in the face the whole way. A ham and cheese baguette (HCB) break was the highlight of the ride!

    This journey did have a purpose and I eventually rolled into Tours on the Loire River where things improved drastically. A beautiful city set by the river with a huge cathedral, small lanes, markets and a busy center.
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  • Day18

    Fabulous Chateau de Chenonceaux

    August 17, 2016 in France ⋅

    Our early start to visit the most popular chateau on the Loire was interrupted momentarily by the chain snapping again after riding up a monster hill. But a swift fix by Rosie and her tool box got us on our merry way via the vineyards in no time.

    Chateau de Chenonceaux was built with galleries crossing the river Cher (just off the Loire) which were initially made for hosting parties, displaying artwork and general milling about etc but were also more recently used to secretly move jewish refugees into the safe zone on the opposite bank in the 2nd world war. Who new!Read more

  • Day427

    Day 428: An Unexpected Evening

    April 18, 2018 in France ⋅

    No plans for today, so we stayed in at the farmhouse and did work. Finished my blog posts, edited some video and the usual. The wifi here is quite poor, which is great for keeping me focused and on track! Though it's a bit disconnecting, especially when we're so used to being online all the time.

    Late in the day our hosts who lived in the main house (we were essentially in a granny flat studio out the back) asked us in for dinner, which we accepted! They had some relatives staying next door (someone's brother-in-law, their wife, and another friend), so all up there were seven of us! They could only speak limited English and we can only speak limited French (though our hosts are pretty bilingual), so it was an interesting evening but we managed!

    Generous servings of local wine, chicken and rice, French cheeses and home-made cookies - we both ate and drank a little too much! But it was good fun, and we managed to have a discussion with the others about their trip to Australia a few years ago - they are motorcyclists, and did a riding holiday from Melbourne to Cairns!! Mostly through the outback though, not via Sydney. Definitely felt my French was better on leaving than arriving, that's for sure!
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