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Jul 12, 2015 - Paris to Saumur

Got up early and had a French breakfast - croissant, bread & jam - at a local cafe. Headed out on the bikes for a quick tour of Paris: 16km, we took in Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triumph, the Seine & the Eiffel Tower. Then on to Gare Montparnasse to get the train to Saumur. Small crisis - they didn't want us to take the bikes on the train but we managed to talk our way on. We had a connecting train to catch at Augers St Laud. It no longer existed! We had to wait 3 hours for the next one - a small train with now 2x as many people & bikes....

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Sep 12, 2013 - Saumur, France

Hi, The accommodation yesterday at Hotel Biencourt, Azay Le Rideau was best so far, the attic room was spot on & Ok for shorties. The hotel has been restored beautifully, credit to the builders, staff were so helpful, and we had a real breakfast this time that included cereal, something the French don't normally eat. We took off early this morning , was a chilly start, with fine misty light rain, which was no problem. Dropped off the tandem beast at Brehemont, head office for the bike hire, no use complaining it was obvious, place in a...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Aug 30, 2012 - Saumur, Chinon and Azry le Rideau

This morning we spent a bit of time working out what we wanted to do, so we decided to go for a drive upstream, and do some chateau spotting. When we went downstairs, Frederik mentioned that we should take the highway to Saumur and then return via the river, as it was a prettier drive. So, we picked out a couple of places to go see, and then grabbed the GPS and set out on our way. The highway (tollway) got us again, but it wasn't quite as expensive as I'd thought. We paid 2euros to go about 70km, and got off near the exit for Azry le...

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Jul 8, 2012 - In Saumur

It was foreboding dark skies for most of the day, but nary a drop during our “fast” 42 km trek. Sunday must be a big market day in this part of France. They were setting up a market in the square when we left and we encountered two or three more during our bike. The biggest was at Montsoreau – in addition to the 20 or so stands selling wine, cheese, bread, fruits and vegetables, there must have been 150 additional tables hawking “antiques”. Enjoyed having at quick look at the “antiques” and will be sending a note to the producers of...

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Tour de France

Jun 4, 2012 - Saumur

Today we went for a drive along the Loire River, this is quite a pretty drive and much of the road is on top of the levee that has been built to protect the low lying towns from flooding of the Loire. Some parts of these levees are hundreds of years old and some parts have only been completed in recent years. There are plenty of places to stop along the river and there is a bike path most of the way. We ended up at a place called Saumur, a small historical town and site of a dramatically situated château on top of a hill overlooking the...

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2012 Driving Europe

May 7, 2011 - To Samur and Bike Problems

Day 7-10 May 4 - 7th We are now moving along the Loire, but very much in fits and starts. Had stayed last night in a lovely old house in Nantes. We know Marylou and Philippe from Gorron, where they lived until 6 years ago. Had a great evening and the next day, Wednesday, prepared to go into Nantes to see if we could purchase new copies of some maps I had lost. Marylou came as our guide and before we knew it we had a wonderful high-speed guided tour of Nantes, seeing parts and sights we would otherwise not have seen - especially Jules...

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Apr 13, 2010 - Saumur-Loire Valley-France

Tuesday 13th April 2010 Weather:-Overcast/Occ. Sunshine-10 degrees Les Pineaux—Saumur 140k=2h For all of you who notice these things and are wondering why I am always wearing the same clothes the story is that I have bought two sets of black jeans with warm black tops plus lighter clothes for summer (what is that?) and the weather here is still very chilly outside. A "see you soon in Apeldoorn" was said to Peter after a quick breakfast of porridge and coffee then we hit the road to Saumur in the centre of the Loire Valley. As always the...

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HomeSwap2Nederland+?

Jun 28, 2008 - Saturday 28 June Saumur

Croissants and Brioche for breakfast yum. Frederique cooked Poule d’haricots verts au poulet for lunch with wine of course. Went for a walk on the other side of the Louire. Walked around the shops. After some quite strong Gin and Tonic aperitifs we went for dinner, a magnificent meal at Le Pot de Lapin. They let us bring our own wine. Paul bought a bottle of Château de Fosse Seche Reserve du Pigeonier 2002 and the bottle of Redgate 1995 Shiraz we had brought for him. We met the vintager of the Fosse Seche who happened to be at the...

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DEurope08

Jun 27, 2008 - Friday 27 June Saumur

Friday 27 June Saunur Up early for long drive to visit Paulus and Frederique in Saumur and hopefully get the starter motor fixed. Had a look for château “La Pommarede” near Bergerac, where Emma stayed on Christmas when she was 10 but couldn’t quite find it. Getting used to parking on slope and push starting. We were worried about refuelling as you aren’t allowed to keep your engine running whilst refuelling and petrol stations are usually level but we managed to find one on a slope. I think they were amused when we pushed it away....

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Jun 18, 2008 - Saumur

We woke around 8.00am. Ron and Zoë had breakfast at the hotel, while Barb settled for some of the strawberry’s we had bought yesterday. We left the hotel around 9.45am and drove the short distance into the village above Rocamadour, where we had learned there was a grotto with Cro-Magnon cave drawings. The Grotte Prehistorique des Merveilles was similar to the more famous Lascaux Caves that we intended to visit later in the day, if a little smaller. For a very modest fee we undertook the first guided tour of the day – just the three of us to...

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Apr 12, 2008 - Loire Valley...Day 2 (Saumur and Chenonceau)

Leeson and I woke up on Saturday morning and headed down to breakfast with Briana and Katharine. We had some time before our bus left so we decided to walk into town where they were having a large farmer's market. The first line of stalls had mostly clothing and scarves. We browsed and I bought a green scarf for only a couple Euros which are way cheaper than it is in Paris. We then found a stand that was selling that I can only describe as 'genie pants'. They bellowed out at the bottom and were, well...genie pants. Of course, Leeson pounces...

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