Category Archives: Loire Landscapes and Chateaux

14: Journey’s End

Another lovely breakfast, this time with a table full of Brits (except for us!).We got the car loaded and took off by 9:30 (not bad, since our goal was 9:00!). We drove the back roads as far as Amboise and stopped outside of town at the big Auchan market where we made a rather extended […]

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13: Search for the Perfect Picnic Spot

[map style=”width: 300px; height:300px; float:right; margin:10px 0px 0px 20px; border: 1px thin #777777;” gpx=””] Day 13 Wednesday, 04.09.2013 Route Bléré – Chenonceau – Bléré Distance 18,40 km Elapsed Ride Time 1 hrs. 10 min.

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The floor tiles often told a story

12: Last Loire Crossing

After breakfast (where we tried to work our way through the different jams) we took a walk around grounds. One of the highlights were the vegetable gardens with many heirloom varieties.We got away a bit on the late side and drove via the scenic route to Azay-le-Rideau where we parked and off-loaded the bikes. It […]

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A bike-friendly B&B

11: Lunch in Loches

Our room was HUGE, with table and chairs and enough space for both of us to spread out our stuff. The Manoir is a 16th century estate that has been converted into a 5-room chamber d’hôte and has a wonderful atmosphere.Breakfast was exceptional in the fact that it featured no less than 18 different kinds […]

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10: Brushing with the Past

As I’ve frequently experienced in a French chambre d’hôte, breakfast was in the host’s kitchen. It was a delicious feast of homemade yogurt and homemade jams, mini-profiterole, pain au chocolat, croissant, etc.We took the cow roads to Fontevraud and when we arrived at the parking lot discovered to our delight there was a car old […]

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9: Medieval Streets vs. Modern Cars

By 10:00 we drove out of Bracieux with me at the wheel. Shortly before Chinon we switched so that I could navigate into town, which was no easy task. The TomTom took us on every cow-path sized road into the medieval center of town… OMG it was hair-raising![map style=”width: 300px; height:300px; float:left; margin:10px 20px 0px […]

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Our favorite chateau

8: Farmlands & Gardens

By the time we ate breakfast, got organized, picked up sandwiches and got the bikes on the car it was nearly 10:00. We drove to Chitenay and found a great parking place behind the village church (it was on my smartphone map) which even offered a clean public toilet and nifty bike parking (not that […]

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7: Gardens Past their Prime

After our rather late (8:45) breakfast we paid a quick visit to the very modest-sized weekly market to pick up picnic provisions.[map style=”width: 300px; height:300px; float:left; margin:10px 20px 0px 0px; border: 1px thin #777777;” gpx=””] We got on the road about 10 (today just with bikes) and had a lovely ride through farmland first to Cheverny […]

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6: Catherine de Medici’s Bedroom

Slept in, got a late start and arrived in Blois at 11, bikes loaded on car. We drank coffee in a café at the steps of the Chateau and then walked around town.We spent a couple of hours touring the chateau which was fascinating – you really get an idea of the opulent lives of […]

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