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    • Day12

      Wandering around Lentil Town

      September 25 in France ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      After meeting the group formally and learning a bit about one another, we headed out for a tour of the town, led by Janet, a lovely English woman who married a French man and has lived in France for many years. Janet provided us with some of the history of the Way of St James (Jacques in French). Interestingly the Way of St James is the oldest pilgrimage trail, but it was lost during the religious wars of the 15th & 16th centuries, and was only rediscovered in the 1970’s. About 30,000 people from all over the world do some of or all of this pilgrimage trail each year. Interesting fact, the first record of someone doing this pilgrimage was Bishop Gottschalk. We know some Gottschalks in Melbourne, and will need to check if they are descendants.

      We left the hotel and wandered through this very picturesque town (known for the quality of its Puy lentils) heading towards the Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy. This Cathedral was built on a volcanic mountain and looks down on the city of Le Puy-en-Velay, as does the Rocher Corneille et Statue Notre-Dame de France.
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      I wonder if car tyres have to be replaced mor me often when you have to drive in cobblestone street? I reckon it was the case for wear and tear on my walking shoes!


      Seeing how early religious groups put structures on the volcanic pinnacles was both awe inspiring and concerning. As original inhabitants were booted off them!

    • Day3

      Anfahrt letzter Teil

      June 4 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Es gibt doch tatsächlich Leute die nachts um drei ihr Auto waschen. Aber ansonsten ist das ein empfehlenswerter Übernachtungsplatz. Bevor wir losgefahren sind haben wir natürlich das Womo gewaschen. Dann ging's auf der RN88 weiter bis wir auf der 903 und der 906 gelandet sind. Kleine Landstrassen die gefühlte 1oookm über die Berge führten. Es waren und sind unendlich viele Kurven.Read more


      Urda um diese Uhrzeit noch im Bett? Was hast du mit ihr gemacht

      Martin Kübler

      im Urlaub sind wir halt entspannt.

    • Day17

      Lisle dur la Sorgue

      September 24 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Awake to rain on me bonce, doh think much to it after all the sun we've had. Anyway they have a lazy morning and the forecast is spot on by 1pm all is dry again. So they hop on their bikes and pedal along the river to the town, known as the Venice of Provence. The Sorgue splits, and flows right around the town effectively making it an island with lots of bridges. Waterwheels are everywhere. some of them are turning with the flow of the River Sorgue. There are other inlets as well giving a nice feel to the town with restaurants lining the river, and the whole town is virtually traffic free, so all in all very pleasant. There are art galleries everywhere to poke around inside, and the centre square church is the stand out building of the town.
      An obligatory beer was had before a peddle back along the river.
      Well tomorrow we start the long journey north back home, but we are breaking the trip down into small stages each day, well, we are still on holiday!
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      Nice spot for tay and kairk [Fiona]

      Lovely shots again of your days adventures on yower bikes. Sorry the bonce got wet, but hope it'll be drier soon [Fiona]

    • Day12

      Getting to know you

      September 25 in France ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      We headed out for our first group dinner in the evening. We are a small group and a fairly relaxed one, so I think the next 12 days are going to be a lot of fun. There was much laughing over dinner and some drinking of wine. Mary, who is now 73, is a very engaging person who told us some lovely stories over dinner. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, but we headed back to the Hotel before 10pm as we have our biggest hill and walk to conquer tomorrow.Read more


      Everyone on tour is Australian 🇦🇺. Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and tour guide is from Blue Mountains

    • Day12

      Lyon to Le Puy en Velay

      September 25 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      We were up early and packed and ready to go before 9am. We had arranged to meet our host at 10.30am to hand over the key and then head to the Part Dieu train station to begin our journey south west to Le Puy en Velay.

      The rain had started falling last night and it was still raining this morning. Even though the apartment was less than a kilometre from the station we elected to take the metro to ensure we stayed as dry as possible.

      The trip to Part Dieu was uneventful and we were ahead of schedule, so organised supplies for the train trip and also purchased a couple of umbrellas, which have came in very handy in the afternoon.

      Our trip finally appeared on the departure screen and we were allocated platform, so everyone made their way up and awaited the arrival of the train. Five minutes before the scheduled arrival time, an announcement advised that our train was now leaving from a different platform. So, everyone raced to the new platform and the train arrived very promptly. Finally, we were on our way to Le Puy en Velay!

      We had a 40 minute journey to St-Étienne Châteaucreu where we then had to transfer to a smaller train for the remainder of the journey. As we got off the train I heard some Aussie’s talking about Le Puy en Velay and I told them where our next train was departing from. It turns out they were the rest of the tour group, so we met Carmel and Maria from Sydney a little earlier than expected.

      We made it onto the new train and misread the signs, and settled in 1st Class. We then realised we actually had 2nd Class tickets, so moved to a different area. Our travelling companions, who followed us into the same area decided to stay put, even though they only had 2nd Class tickets. They made the right choice as, unlike us plebs in 2nd class, their tickets weren’t checked!

      We travelled through some lovely French countryside on our way to Le Puy en Velay, for much of the way tracking along a steep gorge of the Loire river. The weather continued to be cloudy with rain showers. We walked to our hotel and checked in, then met up with Mary our tour leader and Jerome our bus driver.
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      Such a picturesque train trip from St Etienne to Le Puy en Valey in particular.

    • Day10


      September 12 in France ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Départ de Ceyrat, tranquillement ce lundi matin, courses à Intermarché, pu!s direction Le Puy en Velay. Nous déjeunons sur la route après Brioude.
      Arrivés à Polignac vers 15heures. En vélo nous visitons ce village haut perché, déscendons jusqu’à la Malouteyre où habitent les cousins et oncle de Yves et Robert.
      Philippe le copain de Robert et Marie Michèle nous a rejoint avec son combi bleu.
      Ce soir, Jean-Paul, cousin de Yves et Robert et « maire de Polignac » nous rejoint sur l’aire pour l’apéro.
      Dîner, omelette aux champignons réalisée par Philippe. Très bonne nuit.
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    • Day13

      Hey Pilgram!

      September 26 in France ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Our tour “Food Lover’s French Way of St James” kicked off this morning. Today was the longest and hardest walk, about 18kms with the steepest ascents. We had been lucky with the weather so far and today it looked like it might rain, but turned out to be pretty good. We started at the official start, which has a plaque that states - Grande route du Pèlerinage de St Jacques de Compostelle. There is also a beautiful statute here that is titled “La Jenner Pèlerine”, which was created by Hungarian artist Andràs Lapis in 2018, and represents the pilgrim.

      Our objective today was to walk from Le Puy en Velay to Saugues via some lovely towns and countryside. We first walked to St-Christophe-sur Dolaison (about 8.5 km) and were then transferred in the bus to St-Privat-d’Allier, where we stoped for a picnic lunch. Wonderful spot to have lunch with great views out over the steep gorges below.

      We then begin our afternoon walk from St-Privat-d’Allier with a climb to one of the many, Hundred Years War watch towers which dot the surrounding area. We continued walking across quite rocky and hilly terrain, through beautiful forests, past lovely old villages and plateaus with amazing views. After first going up, we then had a long descent down, much of it over a quite rocky path.

      We ended our walk in a lovely town called Monistrol-d’Allier, where we had a much deserved coffee and met our driver Jerome, who took us to Saugues (where we would normally stay the night), but on this occasion it was just to get our passports stamped, and for a bit of a look around. Following COVID-19, a number of businesses have closed and so we are stayed instead in a hotel in the most picturesque town of Le Malzieu-Ville.
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    • Day18

      Going North part 1

      September 25 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Well we depart northwards for the long drive home nice and early for them two and 5 killies later we get diverted cos the antique market is in our way in the town. No signposts to aid us and old satnag ain't awake and tries to send us under a 2 metre railway bridge! Wot a great start, not. Soon we get back on track and we gerron OK, the roads am good and its sum nice undulating scenery as we trundle along. The plan is to do around 300 killies a day so we ay knackered. Weather kicks in a bit later and we park up in a quiet village aire fer the night. Free to stop, and they wander round a bit for a leg stretch as there's , a 12th century church here worth seeing, she does luv a church bless her. No shops open today to stock up so French cheeses, and ham omelette and salad it is with the last of the wine. Luverley!Read more

      It looks a bit black over bills mothers! [Fiona]

    • Day11

      Forteresse de Polignac

      September 13 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Visite à pied de cette forteresse haut perchée , vaut le détour.
      C'est à la fin du XIème siècle que les vicomtes Armand s'emparent du lieu et prennent le nom du village, Polignac. Petit à petit la Forteresse va s'élever et demeurer l'allégorie de la puissance des Seigneurs de Polignac. La Forteresse appartient à la famille de Polignac depuis près de 1000 ans.

      Nous déjeunons au restaurant de Polignac avec Jean-Paul, son épouse Dominique et sa fille. Excellent repas et très bon moment de retrouvailles.
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    • Day2

      Kleines Stück näher an Olé!

      May 1 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Leider mussten wir erstmal etwas ausschlafen 😉😉😉 aber dann ging es durch schöne französische Landschaft langsam auf Lyon zu.
      Morgen wollen wir aber unbedingt über die Grenze 🙈🤷‍♀️
      Dafür war der letzte und der heutige overnight-stop super schön!
      Heute haben wir Fernblick über das Massif Central!
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      Das sieht doch schon nach Urlaubserholung in euren Gesichtern aus... 🤗😘


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