Monthly Archives: May 2017


After our bike and barge tour, (described in the previous two posts), we trained back to Paris and then caught a TGV to Nantes.  It’s an really interesting city indeed and we checked into another great AirBnB before getting a feel for the city. Here’s a few shots: just click on an image to open… Read More »

Into the Champagne region

We leave La Ferté sous Jouarre and head through more beautiful countryside toward the small village of Gandalu where we have a look at the interior of the centuries old church and castle before making a stop for tea, cake and cider at a Bed and Breakfast which has been created in an old mill house which… Read More »

Ready to Ride – Off to Epernay

We leave Lyon behind as we catch the TGV to Paris.  These marvellous trains hurtle along at speeds around 300 kph.  First class seats are often available for only a few extra euros as the rail company set out to fill all seats.  1st class comes with power sockets at the seat and wifi access.… Read More »

TGV: Totally good vehicle

This trip, we decided to use trains around France in preference to hiring a car.  We’re very glad that we did as the experience so far has been excellent.  We embarked on the TGV from Lyon this morning at 9.04am and are so far on time to reach Paris just after 11.00am. Two hours.  The… Read More »

Lyon: Confluence and Symbolism

When we planned this trip we decided to spend three nights in Lyon as there seemed to be a sense that it would be a city worth spending time in.  That has certainly been proven to be the case and yet it feels as though we may only have touched the surface. Leaving Avignon, we… Read More »

Avignon 2017

Avignon has lived up to expectations.  Our AirBnB is spacious and in the shadows of the Palais des Papes.  The huge doorway from the narrow street belies the space behind the facade. The modern additions of bathroom and toilet to a fourteenth century building add some quirkiness to the place but it’s spacious and quiet.… Read More »

Into Provence: Arles to Avignon 2017

We were up early for a start on the next part of our trip; Ubering to Marseilles St Charles and aboard the 8.18am train North West to Arles.  We arrived at the station at Arles and, following some clever research by Lynette, rolled our bags 30 metres from the station to Taco and Co, where… Read More »

Take me away to Marseille 2017

Gimme the sound of the rolling dice Gimme a whiskey, don’t think twice Deal me the card that takes my blues away Take me away to Marseilles The Angels – Marseilles (1978) We’re really enjoying exploring Marseille and, after an excellent evening ramble and dinner last night we were up early this morning to check out… Read More »

Back to Europe 2017

Since our trip to the Danube and Portugal and Spain this time last year, we’re back in Europe for some more cycling and exploring. We decided to fly into Nice this year and to explore some of the South of France before heading to Paris to join the Upper Cape Ski and Sports Club for a… Read More »