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Bassillac et Auberoche

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    • Day 45

      Heading North

      October 25, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      With 5 nights to go before we go through the tunnel and a few miles to go yet our stops are undecided - major towns or village aires - either way it’s one nighters. And the temperatures are getting cooler. So to catch up. After leaving the Garlic Farm we stopped off at Camping Le Bois Du Coderc somewhere in the Dordogne. Loads of room, good pitches right on the river. We had a great bicycle ride through some amazing little villages - if I was fluent in French I would have certainly considered living here. It’s beautiful.
      After a hearty, not so French breakfast we headed to Oradour Sur Glane. It’s one of the places I’ve wanted to visit because of my interest in WWll. Check it out on YouTube. And here we are Wednesday morning wondering where next .
      La vie est belle
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    • Day 12

      Quer durch Frankreich- Etappe 2

      June 1, 2023 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Wir hangeln uns weiterhin von Berg zu Berg. Heute durchs Zentralmassiv. Es wird stetig wärmer und spätestens nach Lyon merkt man einfach, dass man jetzt im Süden ist. Die Sonne ist stark und heiß. Das Wetter aber verrückt mit vielen kleinen Gewittern zwischendurch.

      Emil und Mathilde sind mittlerweile richtig gute Bulli-Fahrer*innen. Und auch heute sind wir mit einem wunderschönen Campingplatz direkt an einem kleinen Fluss belohnt worden. Zudem nette walisische Nachbarn, bei denen sich Micha direkt ein Glas Wein schnorrt und sich die verrückte Lebensgeschichte des 70-jährigen anhört, sie reisen bis das ihre Tabletten aufgebraucht sind.. die Briten sind schon lustige Gesellen 😅
      Zum Abendbrot gibt es leckerste Garnelen 🦐
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    • Day 5

      Perigeaux-go

      May 11, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      With one eye on the threatening sky we gamely pedalled off to Perigeaux, via one of the many voie vert bike routes. The heavens opened after a bit and we took shelter for half an hour under the trees by the River Isle. We made it eventually, the sun came out, we explored the old streets and had lunch in a park by the cathedral. Mainly to skip an impending thunderstorm we found our way to a Roman museum, the Vesunna. After an initial slight 'lost in translation' interaction, the staff helpfully tucked the bikes behind the counter. We jostled with French teens for some of the exhibits, but it was suprisingly good. Vesunna is the ancient Gallo-Roman Perigeaux, and the museum is located over an excavated urban dwelling or domus, with intact walls, gardens, underflooor heating, baths and mosaics and friezes. Astounding stuff.
      Then we raced home on a bit of a nasty main road just ahead of the next cloudburst.
      Bromptons standing up to the challenge .
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    • Day 4

      Recovery day at the Bastard Chateau

      May 10, 2023 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Yesterday was best forgotten. We tried to set off southbound but it had rained so much we were stuck in a quagmire on our pitch and in a wheelspinning mess. The campsite boss tried to pull us off the pitch and our tow hook sheared off and took a bit of the bumper with it.... could have been worse I suppose. Ian had nightmares about the hook flying off and hitting me, so at least that didn't happen... then we drove 250k through fierce rainstorms. Horrible journey. I did a swerve on the motorway, startled by a fast slip road entry and frightened the pants off Ian. We didn't talk much after that...
      But arrived safely at a really nice site by a river near Perigeaux and slept like two people who had had a day to forget
      Woke up to sunshine and croissants popped on the van seat while we were at the bathroom. Drove to a magnificent Chateau at Hautefort, renovated by the Bastard family, but the site dating back to a Roman fort . Smashing place, beautifully restored, great information everywhere, lovely gardens, formal and wooded. Quite restored us to normal service.
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