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  • Day18

    Château Fontainebleau

    May 27, 2015 in France ⋅

    This place was beautiful, it took my breath away. A lot of people didn't go in to it because it was 'too expensive' but I decided to go anyway and it was well worth the money. As I walked through each room took my breath away more than the room before. I didn't get much of a chance to walk through the gardens but what I did see was amazing.Read more

  • Day10

    Visit to Orléans

    October 18, 2017 in France ⋅

    Today we visited Orléans - a beautiful city with a great cathedral and a nice city centre. Everything is in the name of the local heroine, Joan of Arc.
    We had a coffee, read a little and then tried out our slack line in a park by the Loire river. We enjoyed it so much that we’re considering taking it along in our backpacks... :-)Read more

  • Day30

    Blois to Beaugency. 39 km.

    October 4, 2017 in France ⋅

    Some of the most beautiful scenery this morning with a good stint right beside La Loire. Headwind today...what's with that?!? Good thing the sun's shining 🌞.

    We didn't push it today (have we ever 😄?). Easy riding (but for the wind)...nice and flat (we like that), combo sun and cloud (pretty good), no rain (yippee!). Ride along the dyke, thru little towns, farmland (always), by nuclear power plant (say what?!!?... didn't see that in the guide books...).

    Usual pique-nique lunch beside La Loire...not tired of this routine yet 😊.

    Got to Beaugency and it worked like the dream. Ride into town, see a small hotel sign on the way to centre ville, walk up the stone steps beside the flower pots and yes...they have "une chambre pour deux personnes ce soir". And great bike storage to boot. Sometimes it all comes together.

    One of the nicest little towns. True they all have similar attractions...narrow cobbled streets, old ruins, winding staircases, outdoor bar/cafes, clock tower, bridges, church or abbey, and in this region...a chateau. We like the scale of's probably a lot busier in the summer but it doesn't seem too touristy. Church bells are playing a tune as I write this. And we happened on an organ practice in the abbey...very nice. Canals in the street...smaller than the Netherlands but charming. We think this is our favourite town.
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  • Day23

    Sully sur Loire to Briare

    June 20, 2017 in France ⋅

    35 degrees forecast so a short day was planned. We got a good early start from the campsite. The bike route took us away from the Loire to Saint Florent. There was a bit of climbing but not too steep and generally through shady forests. After a nice descent back to the river we followed the south bank for a while. We decided to cross to Gien to have a look around and get some coffee and food.

    The roads in Gien were busy, and the combination of an impatient French truck driver and a bad decision by Tracey resulted in a minor gravity-related incident. This required a sit in the shade while Pat went to the Pharmacie for some large bandages and some spray-on antiseptic. Nothing damaged but skin and confidence.

    Our impression is that while French drivers are pretty good with cyclists, and certainly better than Australian drivers, they (especially the truck and van drivers) are perhaps not as good as other European countries we have toured in.

    After the fall and some first aid and shopping we had a pretty slow trip, and rode over the canal bridge (that's a canal on a bridge that crosses a river!) mid afternoon to our hotel in Briare. It was very hot and there was no aircon in the hotel. After a few drinks next to the canal, since it was too hot in the hotel dining room so we went for a walk and ended up having some nice cheap food in a kebab shop. At least that had a fan!
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  • Day22

    Orléans to Sully sur Loire

    June 19, 2017 in France ⋅

    The route today had a succession of very pretty and interesting small towns.
    First came Chateauneuf-Sur-Loire, with its small but interesting museum, explaining life on the Loire over the centuries, the enormous floods and the use of ultra shallow draft boats (70cm) to ply trade on what was not a navigable river. The traps of hiring a boat and times of pressganging were also detailed.
    Next came Germigny-Des-Prés with its unremarkable Carolingian church.
    The Abbaye de Fleury at Benoît-Sur-Loire, which apparently still has bits of St Benedict in it, was an unusual church constructed from a very white rock.
    We pass many areas with signs "Sables Mouvants", indicating that the area has quicksand and that swimming is forbidden.
    The campground at Sully-Sur-Loire was great, with grassy areas in deep shade and a swimming pool, which we spent about 3 hours at. Dinner was over the bridge at a 'pub' on the corner.
    The fairytale chateau was constructed around 1400 and still looks beautiful - the sort of smallish chateau one could consider living in. Plenty of room for guests!
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  • Day20

    Saint Laurent Louan to Orléans

    June 17, 2017 in France ⋅

    With only about 40km to go today to Orleans and our Airbnb booked we had a relaxed start this morning. We watched a replay of Orica Scott's Luca Mezgec winning stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia over brekky in our room, then rode past the Saint-Laurent Nuclear Power Plant. We navigated on roads for about 11km, crossing the Loire at Beaugency to rejoin the official bike route. We had a fairly solid cross/headwind for most of the day. Settled in to our very pleasant Airbnb for two nights. Our self contained studio is off a garden courtyard hidden behind the street front buildings, and an easy walk to the centre of town.Read more

  • Day21

    Orléans Rest Day

    June 18, 2017 in France ⋅

    Housework done, we set out to explore Orléans. Our accommodation is superbly placed a few hundred metres from the Loire Á Velo and inside the ancienne ville.
    Wandering through the beautifully presented old town streets of Orléans, brought us to La Maison de Jeanne D'Arc, an excellent replica (the original was bombed in WW2) of Joan of Arc's half-timbered home in Place General De Gaulle. Nearby, in Place du Martroi is a cast bronze statue of the lady herself and only a short walk from there is the Cathedral Sainte-Croix. The gothic cathedral, flying buttresses, obligatoire gargoyles and all, has to be described as magnificent. It was originally built in the 13th century. Mass was underway when we visited, but clearly a very tolerant approach to tourists had been adopted. The dimensions and decorations make this a church worth a visit.
    Next, we toured Hotel Groslot, the sumptuous, renaissance private residence, where 17 year old King Francois 2nd died in 1560. Now it can be booked for weddings.
    Lunch in a small 'place' under a shady tree with a glass of rosé completed our Orléans sightseeing.
    When we got back to our Airbnb our key would not open the door to the courtyard. Fortunately the neighbors were just arriving home and noticed is having trouble. They said we weren't the first ones it had happened to. The man very kindly went through their apartment and climbed the high back wall to let us in.
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  • Day23

    Durch Frankreichs trockenes Herz

    September 3, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    320 km sind wir heute durch ein sehr trockenes Land gebummelt. In Wellen auf und ab entlang von abgeernteten Feldern. Tom fährt nur Nationalstraßen, der Geizhals spart die Maut. Jetzt sind wir in Nogent. Den schönen See, auf den ich mich gefreut habe, gibt es nicht mehr. Irgend so ein grünes Naturkonzept wird erprobt. Aber das Schild für die Angler gibt es noch. Immerhin konnte ich in einem Bach herumplantschen, besser als nix. Bei den französischen Hunden verstehe ich jedes Wort, Tom stammelt auf Englisch herum. Menschen!!!Read more

  • Day2

    1e dag - camping du val de flux

    July 19, 2016 in France ⋅

    We waren voor 9 uur vertrokken uit Alphen om ons best te doen vandaag onder Parijs te komen. Met 2 files in België, de grenscontrole bij Frankrijk, navigatie wijs gemaakt niet door Parijs te rijden toch aangekomen bij een onderweg camping.

    Toen we onder Parijs waren hebben we wel onze hulplijn moeten gebruiken om een camping te vinden want we konden niets vinden in ons camping boek. Helaas heeft onze hulplijn ons gestuurd maar een volle camping. Maar de camping verwees ons door naar een andere iets verder op.

    Aangekomen tent opgezet, extra water gekocht want die was bijna op en lekker knakworstjes gegeten met onze laatste broodjes van thuis. Toen het donkerder werd kwamen we helaas achter dat er erg veel muggen op de camping zijn. Dus overal anti muggen spray vandaan gehaald.

    Morgen laatste stukje nog kleine 300 km te gaan.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département du Loiret, Departement du Loiret, Loiret

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