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Place du Martroi

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  • Day25

    In the City of St Jeanne d'Arc

    September 14, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Ever since we first arrived in France, over three weeks ago, one of the main topics of conversation has been the lack of rain . Paris has had no rain for almost a month and large areas of the country are suffering water restrictions. In a country where floods are far more common than droughts, this has created some degree of anxiety among the locals.

    The lack of rain might not be so good for the people of France, but it has certainly made our cycling easier. We have not had a single wet day, and it is looking like there will be no rain for at least the next week. This is a huge contrast to the last time that the Ghostriders were in this region, back in 2015.

    On that ride we endured one of the toughest days in the saddle that the Ghostriders have ever suffered. The rain started before we rode out of our hotel in Orleans and continued unabated for the entire day. The temperature was in the single digits, meaning that we were all in danger of severe hypothermia. I remember that David Yate's face and hands had turned an interesting shade of blue and we all began to wonder whether he would actually survive the day.

    The most memorable event occured when we were gathered in an open cornfield, trying to repair one of the many punctures that were also part of that incredible day. We heard a noise coming towards us like the sound of a hundred speeding locomotives. It was a most dramatic squall that was cutting its way through the field and heading straight for us. We were already as wet as we could possibly be and about as cold as a mountain climber on the summit of Everest, but the approaching storm filled us with dread.

    Riders huddled together, trying to find protection from the sleet and freezing wind, as the storm front roared right over our heads. It was something we will never forget. When we arrived at our hotel, we all sought any means possible to restore some warmth to our bodies - sit in the bathtub, stand under the shower, cuddle the radiator, etc, etc.

    It is clearly obvious as we ride alongside the, greatly reduced, Loire River, that we are are in no imminent danger of saturation or frostbite on this ride. The fields are much browner than usual and each day the sun shines from a cloudless sky. Any form of rain seems a very remote possibility.

    Yesterday we rode from our overnight stay at Sully to arrive at the major city of Orleans. Although it was long ride, the favourable weather conditions made it not as tiring as it should have been . The day was also notable for the fact that I made the bold decision to put the leadership duties in the hands of two women - Sam and Kay. I would have to say that they actually did a great job, and we found that we got lost no more frequently than we did when a man was leading.

    Carol and Maggie took on the role of "tail end Charlies" and seemed to spend most of the ride laughing together and taking pictures. They did observe that Vicki was the best behaved rider when riding in heavy traffic. She was awarded a special "safe rider" award at the evening meal.

    Orleans is a large city of around 400,000 people. It is most famous for being the home of the famous Joan of Arc. Nowadays her name and image is everywhere throughout the city. This is where we will also have our first rest day during our Loire Ride. I have well learned how p[opular and vital these rest days are to restore morale and energy during extended rides.

    In the evening we dined at the L'Ardoise Restaurant. We had been allocated an upstairs room, presumably to stop us disturbing the other diners. Our waitress was a lively young lady who was wearing a very short skirt which amply revealed a pair of very long shapely legs. The men folk all began wishing they were fifty or so years younger. That was until we heard the way she regularly yelled strings of obscenities at her hidden husband in the kitchen. She also spent the entire evening running up and down the long narrow staircase, carrying dishes to our 16 diners and also to the 30 or so downstairs patrons as well. It was a herculean effort in anyone's language.

    Dining in France is always something of a theatrical experience. You cannot apply the same assessment criteria that you would in Australia. Sometimes it is best to just relax and learn to live by their rules and customs. After all, that is why we came to this country in the first place. The food itself was superb, but it was the entertaining performance of the waitress that we will all remember, long after the trip is over.
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  • Day26

    Enjoying our Day of Rest in Orleans

    September 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Even in a large cosmopolitan city like Orleans, Sundays are quite different from every other day of the week. We have become so accustomed to shops being open 7 days a week, that there is something refreshing about a country that still has enough self belief to put family life ahead of non stop commerce.

    Our rest day in Orleans happened to coincide with the traditional "day of rest" in France. As we walked the streets near our hotel, we found them almost deserted. Most of the shops were shut and shuttered. It even looked like the huge articulated trams that had been passing back and forth every few minutes on the previous day, had also stopped running. In fact we did not see a single tram all day.

    Fortunately the coin laundry was open and we made good use of its facilities to catch up on all our laundry backlog. This is always a very important survival skill when you are undertaking an extended bike ride. We returned to our hotel with our laundry bags full fo freshly laundered clothes and a feeling of relief that we would be able to cope for the next few days at least.

    We did not have any ambitious plans for the remainder of our time in this city. While some choose to frantically rush hither and fro, looking at every major historical site, we are not that type of tourist. I even avoid those well known "hop on, hop off" bus services, as I really hate being crammed together with a crowd of people, all wearing those dreadful headphones. I would much rather spend my time wandering the place to get my own feeling for the city.

    The most obvious thing we found was that the entire city was in the process of getting ready for a Festival of the Loire, due to start in three day's time. Along the river a long line of marquis were being erected. Banners were hung along all the main streets and the spectacular floral displays looked to be in full bloom. It was a bit of a shame that we would not be here for the festivities, but we have a schedule to keep downriver.

    Although I had been here twice previously, on those occasions we did not have any spare time at all. Today we were able to walk the central part of the town and make our own discoveries. Unfortunately the hot sun also meant that it soon became uncomfortably hot for exploring and so we returned to the relative comfort of our hotel room. It was there we discovered that somehow a mistake had been made in the room reservations. Although we all staying here for two nights, a change in the hotel management had somehow changed the booking to one night only. This could have been a disaster, but fortunately they had enough spare capacity to make sure that no one had to spend the second night in the bike garage.

    Tomorrow we resume our cycling along the Loire as we ride to the nearby city of Beaugency.
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  • Day2

    Orléans

    August 26, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Trotz 8 Stunden Schlaf kamen wir nur mühsam aus dem Bett und suchten uns zuerst einen Supermarkt, um etwas fürs Frühstück zu holen. Gut gesättigt ging es zuerst in die Cathedrale Sainte-Croix, dem Herzstück Orléans. Schon seit 330 n.Chr. steht dort eine Kirche, welche in den kommenden Jahrhunderten durch zahlreiche Anbauten und Einstürze, Plünderungen und Brände bis zur Kathedrale wuchs, um im 11. Jahrhundert als neuer Sitz vom Bistum ernannt zu werden. 1278 wurde der jetzige Bau im gotischen Stil neu begonnen, da viele Teile der alten Kirche eingestürzt waren. Der Bau zog sich bis ins 14. Jahrhundert und überlebte den Hundertjährigen Krieg sowie die Belagerung Orleans (1429) unbeschadet.
    Wobei wir direkt beim nächsten Thema sind: Jeanne d'Arc! Die Jungfrau von Orléans ist überall in der Stadt präsent. Eine große Reiterstatue bildet den zentralen Punkt des großen Place du Martroi, das Museum Maison de Jeanne d'Arc zieht die Blicke auf sich, zahlreiche Schulen und Straßen zieren ihren Namen. Während des Krieges verhalf sie den Truppen des französichen Thronerbens bei Orléans zum Sieg (sie war ungefähr 17 Jahre jung) und geleitete schließlich Karl VII. Von Frankreich zu seiner Krönung. Die Schlacht um Orléans wird als Wendepunkt des langen Krieges gesehen. Jeanne d'Arc wurde 1430 im Krieg gefangen genommen, an die Engländer ausgeliefert und am 30. Mai 1431 in Rouen auf dem Scheiterhaufen verbrannt.

    Zurück zu uns. Da uns die Hitze (34 Grad) und die von der Fahrt geräderten Körper zu schaffen machten, stoppten wir bei unserem Stadtspaziergang erst in einem Café und später mit Baguette an der Loire. Gegen 15 Uhr ging es zurück in die Unterkunft für ein verlängertes Päuschen. Da wir uns für ein kleines Picknick im Park entschieden hatten, ging es um 6 leicht verspätet zum Parc Pasteur mit Oliven und Cidre für eine kleine Stärkung. Anschließend deckten wir uns im Supermarkt für den Abend ein, kochten und schauten uns den Film Johanna von Orléans an, um den Tag und unseren Besuch hier abzurunden.
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    Maria Reineboth

    Kein Brie??? 😳😳😳

    8/27/19Reply
     
  • Day2

    Orleans

    September 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Wir sind im Loire-Tal angekommen und unser nächster Halt ist Orleans. Ein Ort mit interessantem geschichtlichen Hintergrund. Im 15.Jhd. befreite Jeanne d‘Arc die Stadt von ihrer Besatzung. Daher befinden sich überall Statuen, Museen und Straßen mit ihrem Namen. Besonders beeindruckt hat uns die Kathedrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, die neben ihrem imposanten Eingangstor wunderschöne Kirchenfenster besitzt, welche die Geschichte von Johanna von Orleans wiedergibt. Ein kurzer Spaziergang an der Loire und weiter geht die Fahrt.Read more

  • Day19

    Orléans

    July 12 in France ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Jeanne d'Arc, petit détour par Nantes et discours de Macron!

    Christophe Montuzet

    Pas trop de monde ,mais cela à l’air beau

    Antoine Montuzet

    ouais c'est très calme

    Avec tes deux vaccins tu es tranquille pour le coup. [Stéphane]

    Antoine Montuzet

    haha oui!

    Catherine Dubois

    Et le tram avec les fils enterrés...pas comme à Montréal 😿

     
  • Day2

    Orleans

    September 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Wir sind im Loire-Tal angekommen und unser nächster Halt ist Orleans. Ein Ort mit interessantem geschichtlichen Hintergrund. Im 15.Jhd. befreite Jeanne d‘Arc die Stadt von ihrer Besatzung. Daher befinden sich überall Statuen, Museen und Straßen mit ihrem Namen. Besonders beeindruckt hat uns die Kathedrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, die neben ihrem imposanten Eingangstor wunderschöne Kirchenfenster besitzt, welche die Geschichte von Johanna von Orleans wiedergibt. Ein kurzer Spaziergang an der Loire und weiter geht die Fahrt.Read more

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