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Oct 15, 2017 - Wonderful Provence!

We have had yet another fantastic week in sunny and warm Provence. The weather is amazing, villages interesting and hiking and cycling to die for. Since arriving from waterlogged Belgium over a month ago, we have not moved very far. In fact, we have been able to spot Mont Ventoux from all our hikes in various areas since. We have really absorbed each town, village and surrounding area. Bike rides have taken on a fun routine…………………leave camp at 10:00 a.m. once it has warmed up, stop at a village at about 11:00 a.m. for a large “café au lait”...

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Oct 13, 2017 - Day 5 Le Luberon, Mérindol for lunch

Overview Another late start as my bike light wasn't working and my front wheel seemed to be rubbing. So mucked around for awhile and fixed the wheel then went to a close bike shop re the light. They wiggled it a bit (as I'd been doing!) and suddenly it worked. They then also taped a piece of cable that looked a bit bare. Then we had an awful time trying to find today's bike route out of town. After numerous attempts we had success with the help of a little old lady, who I suspect used to ride a bike! It was a relatively flat route that took...

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Oct 12, 2017 - Day 4 Le Luberon. Cavaillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, L'Isle sur la Sorge circuit

Overview Had a later start today. But it was going to be an easy ride so we were in no hurry. No bike route sign posts to follow so we were navigating ourselves today from a brochure and aps on the phone. Started out the same as the first day then headed north. Stopped for a little look around in Lagnes. A quiet little village. Then rode on the Fontaine de Vaucluse. ( a village that is 'unavoidable' as the cycling brochure said in english 𿘃). This town is very touristy but it does have an interesting attraction. The river Sorgue commences...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Day 3 Le Luberon Apt to Cavaillon

Overview An easy ride today. Picked up a lavender meringue before leaving Apt and then we headed for the rail trail to Cavaillon. Nice smooth easy riding all day. Passed through vineyards, market gardens and a few orchards. Passed a few hill top villages but no climbing required today. We just flew by! Weather was perfect again. Finally stopped to collect some picnic food from a Super U, and then had a late lunch in a shady spot next to a canal, that the rail trail crossed. Returned to the nice hotel in Cavaillon where we had a spacious...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Day 2 Le Luberon. Ocre Route, Apt

Overview A quick look around town then we set off for a tour of the area that they call The Ochres. Took ages to find the start of the trail... almost an hour!.. but once on it we were fine. Again we climbed to some of the higher villages but not as much climbing as yesterday. Although we were going up and down all day. Today the country was somewhat drier than yesterday. Went though some vege growing areas, cherry trees, wine growing. Got to the first ochre cliffs that had been mined, about 20km into the ride. Stopped for lunch in Villars...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Day 1 Le Luberon. Cavaillon to Apt

Overview Set off in perfect weather. A supermarket stop on the outskirts of town, a quick Sellotape repair if David's handlebar grip, and we were off following new bike route signs. After some early confusion with the signage, and a short but very steep climb , we were able to follow the route easily. Took us through several 'perched villages ' which were beautiful and typical for Provence. And of course our bike route took us to the top of each village!!! For a he first couple we left our bikes in the village and explored a little on foot....

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Oct 8, 2017 - Rest Day - Transition to Le Luberon.

Overview Today we moved from the Rhone to the Luberon National Park in central Provence. Caught a bus from Port Saint Louis to Arles, which was interesting in itself. Our hotel owner recommended we catch the bus from the start of the route just to make sure there was space for the bikes. He was a particularly grumpy driver who made it as difficult as possible to load the bikes under. David succumbed to his request, but I refused to put the dérailler side down when he tried to make me turn the bike over as I slid it underneath. Luckily both...

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Oct 7, 2017 - Day 9 Via Rhôna Arles to Port Saint Louis

Overview An early visit to the supermarket and then breakfast in the room. Huge market in Arles as we left but we kept going. Found the route out of the city which went right past an interesting old wooden opening bridge, subject of a Van Gogh painting. Bridge still looked the same as the painting ( copy on a description plaque ) a grea surprise find for the morning. The cycle path goes all the way to the Mediterranean and has been very recently resurfaced. It was smooth easy cycling with a strong wind behind us. Stopped at a small town...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Day 8 Via Rhôna Comps to Arles

Overview Books accommodation for tonight and tomorrow as we don't take risks with last minute on Fri and Sat nights. Rode into Beaucaire for breakfast along the way. The old part of town was lovely. Sat in a nice square for a tea and coffee. Then rode out along a canal and stopped in a boulangerie for breakfast food. That we finally ate at about 1pm!! The way to Arles was away from the river and we ride through vineyards and farming land. Encounter an English group a bit lost with directions. They are retirees living in Spain. We finally...

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Oct 5, 2017 - The French Character

We have spent the last week hiking, cycling and doing quirky French stuff in Provence. On Sunday, we spent the day in the neighbouring village of l’Isle sur la Sorgue (the “Venice of France”), which has a famous market on Sundays. The market takes over the whole town and caters to everything from food to clothes and especially antiques. For Ian’s birthday, Liz rented a Citroen 2CV for the day and we bombed around the countryside with the roof down. We felt very French, although changing gears was a challenge……… Ian has a “thing” about...

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Sep 27, 2017 - August 21 2017 Arles

Our morning walking tour of Arles With its diverse architectural highlights. Experience the city’s vibrant colors and striking quality of light that have inspired artists. Arles is also the site of some impressive Roman ruins, including Les Arènes, an arena that seats 20,000 and is still in use, as well as Romanesque monuments such as the Church of Saint-Trôphime, completed in the 15th century,explore or shop for handcrafted gifts....

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Provence to Paris

Sep 26, 2017 - Provence in the sun!

We have spent the last week immersed in the good life of Provence, and after the manic driving session of the week before, have travelled a total of 26 KMS in the last 10 days. We stayed a week at our favourite Bedoin campsite with the friendly owners JB and Ann. Bedoin is a cycling mecca being right at the foot of Mont Ventoux. The hiking in this area is fantastic with many strenuous treks up hills and through gorges, as well as more leisurely strolls along ancient dirt tracks between hilltop villages. On days off from hiking or cycling,...

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