Indre and Loire

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  • Day25

    Port Saint Avertin (2)

    August 7, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    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.

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  • Day27

    Villandry to Amboise. 52 km

    October 1, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    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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  • Day55

    Day 52

    July 22, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today the bus didn't come till 4pm so we took it easy in the morning then went to the church which had amazing stained glass windows!!

    Then the bus to Paris and another night out as it was the last night that a group of us would be together😊

  • Day54

    Day 51

    July 21, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    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 ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    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.

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  • Day52

    Day 49&50

    July 19, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    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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  • Day24

    Boussiere to Chinon. 55 km

    September 28, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Lesson for today...just because it says 'Euro Velo' doesn't mean it's the best way forward.

    We took our time again this morning, enjoyed the fresh (always) croissants and bread, fresh preserves, fruit, coffee and juice. (heard Monsieur drive in from the boulangerie before we were up).

    One km down the road to Gennes and we follow the 'velo reparation' sign. Daryl's make-do gears have been complaining. A great bike shop with a guy who knew the ropes did the trick. Out he comes with a new shifter installed...firing on all cylinders again🤸🤸! So even tho it's already noon and we've gone 1 km.... we stop for coffee ☕.

    Okay now, let's get rolling. But first we must stop to get bread and wine for lunch. And Daryl needs new sunglasses - having sat on one pair and breaking another up on his head. Significant avoidance behaviour today.

    Okay now, let's get rolling...really! But speed isn't happening on the rolling (aka hilly) countryside. The bike route takes us off the river...just a bit, but... Lovely views for sure but we study the map hard over lunch in a park just outside Saumur, beside La Loire channel.

    Finally get some clics under our belt. Saumur is a totally cute medieval town. We have to keep going however since we have a place booked in Chinon 30+ km away yet (playing it safe after yesterday 😄). Taking the road less traveled keeps us right beside the Loire and thru some great parks, forests, and outskirts of towns...real living. Past troglodyte caves and wineries. One particularly bumpy route to avoid a hill into town... not sure we saved any time but very scenic.

    We'll hang our hat in Chinon for 2 nights. Back to the best western, Hotel de France. Castle just above us, room right on the square...the better to find a rejuvenating biere after our 55 km 😋.
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  • Day25

    A Day Off...

    September 29, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C it's all relative. But cycling can be hard work you know 🤑.

    First, we had to wash our socks. A wonderful lady showed us the drill at the laverie. The money goes in here...soap pops out on the opposite wall over there. Who knew??

    Next, a walk instead of a bike ride. Did the town of Chinon up right. Cool medieval buildings, worn cobble roads, Vienne River walkway. Noticeable number of empty shops but Wilfrid is waiting to cut your hair 💇‍♂️.

    Then up to the castle fortress 🏰. The real deal here. Huge thick rock walls, catapults and crossbows, moats, towers, narrow firing windows. Joan of Arc presented to King Charles VII here.

    Back in the town a sidewalk biere is in order since the wine tasting places we looked for are closed. Leffe est tres bon. Buy lunch at the epicerie to have at our rooftop terrace (all to ourselves) with rose wine of the region.

    Now a nap is in order 😴 Been a tough day and you don't know when we'll get the chance again....

    Dinner reservation at Restaurant Cote Jardin. - a Rick Steves recommend. It was choc-a-bloc last night and almost empty tonite. Go figure. Fantastic meal in a cool old building.

    Finish with a nightcap in the sitting area outside our room. Up and at 'em tomorrow...back in the saddle first thing 🙃.

    PS. Haven't talked about the weather today. That's because it's gorgeous and not an issue 😄. 26 degrees and sunny.
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  • Day25

    Chinon to Villandry. 40 km

    September 29, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    The stars aligned today.

    Sunshine, flat riding along la Loire, easy pace, easy distance (40 km), what wind there 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 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 ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département d'Indre-et-Loire, Departement d'Indre-et-Loire, Indre-et-Loire, Indre and Loire, Indre y Loira

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