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Sep 5, 2014 - Stage 8 Condom to Barcelonne du Gers 70k 5 September 2014

Stage 8 Condom to Aire-sur-l'Adour 70 Klm 5 September 2014 For today's ride the distance is 13k less than initially planned due to an absence of sufficient accommodation in Geaune. Petit dejeneur - Ancien Carmel Corn flakes Bread & zucchini jam Coffee The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 25e. Gets cheaper the further west we go! The weather 10 and overcast to 27 possibility of rain The vineyard ride Beautiful day makes for fast riding to Montreal where it's market day in the town square. Beautiful mossaic tiles from a local Roman villa. This...

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Sep 4, 2014 - Stage 7 Moissac to Condom 81k thu 4 September 2014

Stage 7 Moissac to Condom 81k 4 September 2014 Petit dejeneur Muesli Toast, butter & jam Whilst Pauline uses her gluten free bread for toast and is envious of the guys with their yummy french bread! Orange juice & coffee Pilgrim company! The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 32.7e The weather 10 to 30 a fantastic day The ride - crisp morning, apple orchards, the river Garonne & fine friends The ride out of Moissac is just stunning. Orchard after orchard until we could resist it no more - the illicit apple tastes best. We stop at St Nicholas...

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Sep 3, 2014 - Stage 6 Cahors to Moissac 61k 3 September 2014

Stage 6 Cahors to Moissac 61k 3 September 2014 Spent the previous day in Cahors resting, washing and maintenance. Lunch yesterday consisted of goodies from Cahors permanent market. dinner for the past 2 nights was at the same very welcoming restaurant. The food and particularly the accompanying sauces and wine just fabulous. Petit dejeneur - Cahors Pulled out all stops for this mornings breakfast The price Dinner & breakfast 38e per person for 2 nights The weather 8 to 30 The ride Out of Cahors was cold and unexciting as it took us thru...

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Sep 1, 2014 - Stage 5 Marcilhac-sur-Cele to Cahors 65 Klm

Stage 5 Marcilhac-sur-Cele to Cahors 65 Klm 1 September 2014 Petit dejeneur - Gite St Pierre Corn flakes Day old bread (bakery closed on Mondays) Salted or unsalted butter Selection of jams Coffee & tea The price Dinner bed & breakfast 34e The weather 14 - 27 fog in the morning, hot in the afternoon The ride - Vallee du Cele et Lot Everyone now super fit and not worried by the windy conditions. Magnificent river riding initially in the fog. We traversed several tunnels on our way to St Cirq La Popie, yet another grand French site for a...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Stage 4 Conques to Marcilhac-sur-Cele 78klm

Stage 4 Conques to Marcilhac-sur-Cele 78klm 31 August 2014 Petit dejeneur - the Abbey Conques Yogurt Corn flakes Chunky bread & jam (for some of the group!) The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 29.20e plus 80c donation The weather Started in fog and for the next 30 Klm. By Figeac the sun had e merged for a comfortable. 22- 27 The pennance Carrying panniers in plastic bag up and down the stone spiral stairs (Abbey) The ride - Vallee du Lot Gently undulating by the river before a climb to Montredon. The ride is fast and by midday we reached the...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Stage 3 Nasbinals to Conques (Konka) 100km

Stage 3 Nasbinals to Conques (Konka) 100km 30 August 2014 Petit dejeneur - Equestrian centre Nasbinals Corn flakes Yogurt Toast with jam The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 36e The weather The forecast for the ride to Conques is partly sunny & nice, a top of 23 The problems None The celebrations Pauline's birthday The ride - cow bells & ski fields Immediately out Nasbinals we encounter the col d'aubrac an 8klm climb to the station of Aubrac. The climb from the 1180m mark to the top at 1340m is amazingly easy. We end up above the cloud line....

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Aug 14, 2014 - Exploring Rocamadour

This morning we did the usual breakfast thing, at the hotel restaurant. The only significant difference to the cuisine was the lovely Rocamadour goat cheese they had, mmmm yum! We did the usual trick of packing our bags in the car so we could have a quick getaway when we were finished touring. We started off heading down the main (and really only) street. We wanted to scope out how to get the car out of the town, particularly since we'd be doing it in the middle of the day. We walked past a few souvenir shops, and quite a few restaurants...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Rocamadour arrival

The drive I came in to Rocamadour last time for my fleeting visit was quite curly. It was about 20-30km of winding road, and some of it high up on the hills without any secure walls. The worst bit was that the drivers coming the other way, drive in the middle of the road even when on blind corners. This driver, which I thought was the same, was basically a different road. Whilst it was still a little winding, and the drivers coming the opposite way still took the corners too hard, there was very few parts of it which were on the edge of the...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Albi and Toulouse

Today, we got up very early to travel to Albi to visit the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and to see the beautiful old parts of the this UNESCO World Heritage city. The tour included a visit to the archbishop's grand church and palace. We then traveled to Toulouse where we had a quick tour of this lively city and prepared for our trip to Carcasoone tomorrow. Everyone is excited about visiting Carcassone.

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Apr 13, 2014 - Day 11 – Sunday 13 April – Venice to Toulouse, France

Today was our last day in Venice. We had a relaxing morning and checked out of the Hotel Salute at 11am. We headed to the southern side of Venice and had coffee and followed up with a beautiful lunch in one of the waterside restaurants. We then took a water taxi (vaporetta) to the bus terminal. What we thought was going to be a 75 minute bus trip (from the signage) was actually only 15 minutes to the Marco Polo Airport in Venice. After getting through customs we relaxed and prepared for our 5pm, one and a half hour Air France flight to...

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Mar 13, 2014 - The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

Today i visited The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes. The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself. It's along a major river which bears witness to an interchange of human values and to a harmonious development of interactions between human beings and their...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Routes of Santiago de Compostela

Today i visited The Routes of Santiago de Compostela. antiago de Compostela was the supreme goal for countless thousands of pious pilgrims who converged there from all over Europe throughout the Middle Ages. The Pilgrimage Route of Santiago de Compostela played a key role in religious and cultural exchange and development during the later Middle Ages, and this is admirably illustrated by the carefully selected monuments on the routes followed by pilgrims in France. The spiritual and physical needs of pilgrims travelling to Santiago de...

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