Carl had been super keen on visiting the Pont du Gard and although it felt like we were heading back in the direction we had already come we decided to make the journey there anyway
St-Remy-de-Provence it was! The road took us over the hill where the Tour de France had ridden the day before. We took our time in packing up, perhaps a little reluctant to face the same hills and headwinds for a second time.
Cycling along the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi was pleasant and relaxing – perhaps a little boring even, until the pathway gave out to a rough singletrack. We decided to leave the canal and head into Cathar country in search of a “Plus Beaux” village called Lagrasse in the foothills of the Pyrenees before heading back towards the Mediterranean coast.
We rode through the vineyards with their glorious limestone chateaux, we arrived fairly late in the evening and the sun was liquid gold on the vines.
To our amusement, perhaps nothing unusual in France, we had to park our bikes up a flight of stairs on the first floor, through a window and onto the neighbours roof!
Brugge felt a bit like stepping into a fairytale, back in time – with swans floating effortlessly on glassy water creasing the reflections of the storybook houses above them.
We are a South African born, Australian couple, taking a year off to travel and cycle tour through Europe. We happened upon cycling as a means of transport – allowing us to stay healthy (while consuming large quantities of cheese and wine), see a lot more of the countryside and hopefully save a few pennies. …
Despite the wind, the rain and the cold, cycling in Holland was an incredible adventure. The cycling infrastructure and the numbered cycle route system make it a very enjoyable experience. The Dutch people were both friendly and helpful and we felt welcomed in this windy and wet country!
A favourite pastime in Amsterdam was to simply wander along the canals, imagining the lives of the people living in the lavish houses along its banks.
We both agreed, that if for some reason we had to go home after this week, we would remember it for the rest of our lives.
Well, no-one is more surprised that me to say that I am really enjoying the cycling. Carl, needless to say, is doing what he has always wanted to do.