Île de Piot

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  • Day12

    On Our Bikes at Last

    September 1, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Although it has been wonderful to spend a restful week recovering from our long flight from Australia, the real reason we cam to France was to cycle, not to rest. For the next 5 weeks that is what we will be doing almost every day. Of course it is neither fun (or very smart) to cycle in extremely hot weather. When I planned this trip I was counting on the fact that the start of September would herald the end of the long hot days of the Provencal summer. It almost worked.

    The local weather experts had been predicting that today would be the final of the almost endless sequence of hot days. From tomorrow onwards they are promising that the temperatures will hover around the mid 20s - absolutely perfect for riding. Unfortunately our first day on the bikes would also be the final day in the mid 30s. It was going to be a challenge, but that is what the life of a cyclist is all about.

    Maggie and I awoke at 6 am to the impatient sound of my phone alarm. Our first night in the confines of our cabin had been a bit of a challenge. It is not easy to sort your gear in a room the size of a small shoebox. It was one of those rooms where you had to go outside into the corridor in order to change your mind, let alone turn around to face the other way.

    The secret of survival is to find a place for everything and then pack away everything you will not be using. It is also a huge test of how well you really get along with your roomate. After all, there is absolutely no place to hide. You even have to take turns in taking a deep breath. Such is life on a river barge.

    After donning our cycling gear and enjoying a lovely breakfast, we each packed our lunch of baguettes, meat and salad. The bikes were unloaded unto the quai, ready for us to get them set up for each rider. Our cycling guy is a retired Dutchman called Arie. He is a 66 year old who has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a lawyer, journalist and diplomat. He now spends 10 weeks a year leading cycling groups in different parts of Europe.

    Arie began with a briefing explaining how the system of pointing the directions at each road junction would work. We then assembled outside for the obligatory group photo. Finally we headed off along the Rhone - our ride had begun.

    The early parts of the ride were along lovely, shaded pathways. The traffic was almost non existent and the temperature was comfortable. It was the perfect way for us to regain our cycling legs. We quickly found that the bikes were ideal for this type of riding. I was intrigued with the infinitely variable gearing. I had never ridden a bike like this before and it was absolutely amazing.

    The first 15 km or so was mostly flat and then we hit the hills. Arie explained that every other cycling group avoided this section, but they had heard that the Ghostriders were no ordinary group and thought that we would enjoy the challenge. They were partly correct. The seven riders on ebikes certainly had fun, myself - not so much.

    As the road headed up to the skies the ebike riders sailed past with huge smiles on their faces. The rest of us suffered in the hot sun. Soon I was off the bike and walking (and so was just about everyone else). In spite of this, we were all having huge fun. This was what we had come so far to do. Life can not get any better than this.

    At Pujaut we stopped to enjoy our baguettes and have a coffee. The afternoon tea stop was at the even more delightful town of Villeneuve les Avignon. This place was the home of the cardinals when the Popes were ruling from Avignon. The narrow streets and stone buildings were breathtakingly beautiful, as were the cakes from the boulangerie. It was a shame that the iced coffee was dreadful, but maybe you can't have everything.

    We completed the day's ride by about 4 pm and discovered that the group of American riders on our sister boat had only ridden about half the distance we had. That was the icing on a most delicious first day. Australians One - Americans - zero.
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  • Day42

    Avignon- the cycling begins

    September 1, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Avignon was once the home of the Catholic Church. It has the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) adjacent to the cathedral, Notre Dame des Doms d'Avignon. The entire city is a mix of original or restored buildings and some newer ones. It has the wall all around though the gates remain open and a few more access points cut through.

    The city lies adjacent to the River Rhone which we followed all the way down from Lyon. On the northern side of the city lies another and most recognizable landmark, the Pont d'Avignon, a bridge now only reaching 2/3 across the River.

    The day started with our cycling group collecting and adjusting our bikes, then setting off on a leisurely ride on mostly secluded roads through farmland. We passed through a number of villages before returning to Avignon. Most notable of these was Villeneuve Les Avignon, famous for its cake shop. It also has a cathedral Notre Dame du val de Benediction and the castle Fort Saint Andre, which was the home of the Cardinals.
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  • Day50

    Sur le Pont d'Avignon

    October 17, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    In Avignon, we found a beautiful garden inside the medieval walls of the city, and Chloë and I danced and sang on the Avignon bridge (much to her hidden delight which looked a lot like embarrassment...). In fact, the original 16th century tune is quite different than the one we learn in Canada as children, but we stuck to our own version. We also came across a teenaged basketball tournament in front of the Palais des Papes, in the center of town. I really do love how Europe uses its public spaces!Read more

  • Day15


    September 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Avignon, Stadt der Päpste von 1335 bis 1480 gab es hier den zweiten Papst der andere war in Rom. Palast nicht besichtigt, kennen wir schon. Sind am Samstag über Chateauneuf de Pape angefahren, Günter hat sich noch seinen bekannten Wein besorgt. Platz ist ziemlich belegt war um diese Zeit noch nie so voll. Heute, 9.9., geht es weiter nach Turckheim im Elsass, sonst ist die Strecke zu weit. Freuen uns jetzt schon auf den Bubi 🐱🤗
    Alles ziemlich entspannt bei uns, genießen die Zeit
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  • Day26

    Day 26 - Rest Day, Avignon

    May 11, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Very relaxed day off the bike in Avignon. A little wander around then most of the afternoon spent on the laptop in the cafe planning the next couple of weeks cycling around Provence and French Riviera.

    First view of Mont Ventoux today. 30 miles away and looks massive. Can't wait!
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  • Day29

    Avignon, France

    August 24, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    What a city. It surely shows the rich history it has, as once a dominant place in a catholic state. The whole historic center is surrounded by a medieval wall. Inside you are welcomed by the palace of the popes, a cathedral and the ruined bridge of Avignon. It was really hot though, so we took it slow. This city is a must see if you're in the area (at much colder days if possible).Read more

  • Day30


    May 24, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Well we came via TGV & local train( they don't tell you when a train has been cancelled so you have to watch carefully!). Walked around town took some snaps of significant buildings and churches , Pont and bought gifts and posted a box home . Ate dinner by the Pont which was lovely .Read more

  • Day18

    Janz wischtisch: SAT!

    May 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Es ist noch gar nicht dieses WM und trotzdem stellen wir fest, dass wir einen eklatanten Makel haben: wir sind ohne SAT-Schüssel unterwegs.
    So eine scheint sowas wird er heilige Gral der Camper zu sein. Da wird ausgerichtet, geprüft, gepeilt und wenns nicht geht auch gerne der Stellplatz gewechselt. Wir hatten schon Fälle mit 4 LNBs...
    Die beiden im Bild hantieren seit gut einer Stunde rum und bekommen, obwohl sie im Wald stehen (...) keinen Empfang. Damit unterhalten Sie uns allerdings ganz gut :)

    Man erkennt im Bild auch ganz gut, warum der Stellplatz bei Avignon nicht unbedingt der Kategorie "schön" zuzuordnen ist.
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  • Day18

    Jetzt aber: Avignon

    May 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Den gefühlt ersten, richtigen Stadt-Stop haben wir seit gestern in Avignon. Wir campen direkt an der Stadtmauer der Altstadt und sind so flugs im Geschehen.
    Heute haben wir zu Fuß den Kern erkundet. Sarah ist - nach einem kleinen Frühstück in der Markthalle - sogar in den „Palais du Pape“ gegangen und hat sich audiovisuell führen lassen, Marla und ich haben draußen in der Sonne gewartet. Nachher haben wir in der Färbergasse bei L’Ubu wirklich fein gegessen und da wir zu Mittag dort schon Wein hatten, den Tag noch gemütlich ausklingen lassen. Wobei, Sarah war sogar noch joggen.
    Eben gab es Abendessen im Bett und nu sitze ich an der Rhone und warte auf den Sonnenuntergang.
    Ein herrlicher Tag und eine echt schöne Stadt!
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