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France Highlights

The Loire, the Canal du Midi and Provence

By Eva Walters & Al Walters
827 km (514 miles) over 35 days between Oct. 13, 2009 and Nov. 16, 2009
Introduction: our first ever tour! heart 3
Flying from Vancouver and arriving in Paris heart 5
Exploring Paris heart 6
Paris to Saumur by train: heading to the Loire Valley heart 3


Saumur to Chinon: a good start heart 2
Chinon to Azay-le-Rideau: beautiful vegetables heart 3
Azay-le-Rideau to Loches: finding a treat in the "lost village" heart 2
Exploring Loches: a day off the bikes heart 2
Loches to Amboise: a varied ride heart 2
Amboise to Blois: back and forth across the river heart 2
A day in and around Blois: an unsuccessful attempt to cycle to Chambord heart 1
Blois to Toulouse by train: many changes heart 1


Exploring Toulouse: no cycling heart 1
Toulouse to Castelnaudary: along the canal heart 1
Castelnaudary to Carcassonne: onward to the walled city heart 1
Exploring Carcassonne: a day off the bikes heart 1
Carcassonne to Narbonne: our last day on the canal heart 1
Narbonne to Tarascon by train: into Provence heart 2


Tarascon to Pont du Gard and return: a wonderful day heart 1
To Nimes and back by train: a day off the bikes heart 1
Tarascon—Les Baux—Saint-Remy loop: uphill and down heart 1
Tarascon to Arles and return: Van Gogh country heart 1
Tarascon to Avignon: a short ride to the walled city heart 1
Exploring Avignon: a day off the bikes heart 1
Avignon to Les Carmes via Perne les Fontaines: a wet ride to a country home heart 1
Les Carmes to Gordes: a short ride to a rock-bound village heart 1
Gordes to Roussillon return: red earth heart 1
Gordes to Lourmarin: via Menerbes and Bonnieux heart 1
Loop ride from Lourmarin: Armistice Day heart 1
Lourmarin to Aix-en-Provence: a varied ride heart 1
Around Aix-en-Provence: no cycling heart 1
Aix-en-Provence to Paris: by train heart 1
Around Paris: our last full day in France heart 2
Flying from Paris to Vancouver: homeward bound heart 1
Thoughts and conclusions: learning from experience heart 1