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loire_a_velo_amboise_Biking_in_France.jpgYesterdays we followed the ‘pays des châteaux’ cycling tracks from Blois to Chaumont-sur-Loire where the impressive château oversees the happenings of the tiny village, then continued on to Amboise and visited her marvelous majestic château, then crossed through the uniform vineyards of Montiouis, and 78 km later, arrived in Tours just in the nick-of-time to get Kitcat on her train back to Paris, and we hoped on to London. (Mais malheureusement, the Chunnel was closed due to a strike, so it appears she is stuck in Paris for the day…although there are certainly worst places one could be marooned.)

In any case, the day was filled with blue skies, beautiful scenery, tranquil moments, unexpected hills, friendly packs of cyclists, and a wonderfully warm reception from our delightful host at la Maison aux couleurs—who smiled and laughed with us, despite our rusty, basic French.

The highlights for me were:

  • cycling with my free-wheeling, happy daughter who is always up for a challenge and even a few steep hills,
  • a lunch of crêpes and cidre,
  • a quick mother-daughter stroll through the château Royal d’Amboise,
  • a golden, thirst quenching beer in Tours,
  • a surprise meeting with Amy L. from Paris,
  • and watching the late afternoon sun light up the vineyards and sparkle on the water.


And now after eating too much ‘vrai’ pain perdu loving whipped up by our host, we are off to Azay le Rideau in the Indre Valley via Villandry.

Bye for now…à tout à l’heure!

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Catherine #

    Wow it looks absolutely fantastic from my desk in a windowless office. I’m loving the photos. Do you have all your clothes etc in those saddle bags?

    June 24, 2015
    • Thanks Catherine…yep, it’s all in those saddle bags…mine in neat organized Zip-locks, and Ron’s all scurvy-durvy, shoved in the bottom. Wish you guys could join in. Would be great to have you along.

      You should definitely do this trip with your boys and hubby. So fabulous. Gorgeous scenery and gorgeous food and wine. x

      June 24, 2015
  2. ROL #

    So impressed and so jalouse !!!!! have a wonderful day !!! marie-françoise

    June 24, 2015
  3. Melinda Lusmore #

    If you are going to be stranded by a strike, then Paris on the way home is the way to do it. 🙂
    This certainly is an action-packed ride!

    June 24, 2015
  4. Azay le Rideau a real dream spot, looking forward to seeing pictures of it when you get there. Enjoy the ride en route xx

    June 24, 2015
  5. That all sounds absolutely lovely!

    Visited all those chateaus, the Loire is my daughter Kirsten’s second favourite French spot.

    My grandson loved the castles and the crepes last time we visited; not to mention the giant ice cream sundaes created by friendly waiters for his delectation when we all visited just after his third birthday.
    Nels does tend to judge a restaurant by the size and wow factor of their desserts! He has learned that a winning smile and a little French works wonders!

    June 24, 2015
  6. Crepes and Cidre – that’s what I call lunch!

    June 24, 2015

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