The Paris-Nice cycle race is coming to our favourite roads

Today was just one of those beautiful Spring days that just fill your heart with joy and make you start thinking of the long summer days ahead, so my thoughts of perhaps popping across to L’Isle sur La Sorgue market went out of the window as soon as I threw open the shutters. It was…

Walking the ‘Mur de la Peste’ from Cabrières D’Avignon

Heading back from L’Isle Sur La Sorgue market this week I thought I’d take the opportunity to stop at Cabrières D’Avignon and seek out a walk that I had heard about that follows some of the ‘Mur de La Peste’. The Mur de la Peste, which ran for over 27km between The Durance and Monieux…

An afternoon walk from the Abbaye de Senanque to Gordes.

Having Millie, our Golden Retriever, with us in France this Winter has been lovely. Not only is it nice to have her company about the house, it’s also meant that we have taken her on some delightful walks. Many are well trodden routes that we have got to know well over the years, but others…

Views from the Mourre Nègre are worth the walk!

One of the first things I fell in love with, when I viewed the house for the first time, was the view from the kitchen window. The Luberon is spread out in front of us with the constant sight of the tower on the highpoint of the Mourre Nègre directly ahead, even during the night,…

Beyond the Veloroute #11 Mont Ventoux & the Gorges de la Nesque

I can honestly say that cycling in Provence is always a delight, but sometimes we do a new ride that just makes my heart sing & leaves me feeling as if I’m grinning ‘from the inside out’ and that’s just how I felt after doing this route earlier this week.   I never thought I’d hear myself saying this, especially…

‘Chapeau’ to The Tour de France 

Last year when The Tour De France visited Provence I was down here on my own and still waiting for the boys to arrive from their rather epic cycle ride from Dartmoor to Sète. I grabbed the chance to watch The Tour finish on the iconic Mont Ventoux, only for the summit finish to be…

Mid-Winter break in Provence 

There is something about arriving in the Vaucluse that just makes the stress slip from our shoulders and today’s arrival in the depths of winter was no different.  Travelling at this time of year is a little bit more complicated than during the summer as at this time of year there are no flights from…

Day 5 -Machecoul to Saint Vincent Sur Jard

Distance cycled ……. 67 miles  So boys how would you sum up today in 3 words?….. Cooler, Sea, Progress Yesterday’s crossing of the Loire was really the first big milestone for the boys and to have got there by lunchtime on day 4 was quite an achievement. The biggest problem for them though was the…

Day 3 – Rohan to Guenrouët

Distance cycled …… 69.2 miles So boys how would you sum up today in 3 words?…… Heat, Mileage, Flowers! So yesterday certainly wasn’t the easiest of days for the boys, in fact it’s probably best to say that they’ve had a rather eventful first couple of days in France.  Yesterday’s major wheel-failure meant they had…

Day 1 – Roscoff to Maël-Carhaix

Distance cycled- 65 miles So boys how would you sum up today in 3 words? ….. Thirsty, Concert, Laughing So after a successful ride across Dartmoor & apparently a rather good Fish & Chip supper in the Barbican, the boys arrived at the Ferry Terminal in plenty of time & were at the front of…