Time off from farm work

Magné and the ‘Green Venice’ We arrived on Thursday night and our first day off was that Sunday. Guy and Josiane were going to visit some friends for lunch and they suggested that we could catch a lift with them to visit the painters’ festival in Magné and the village of La Garette. Andy and […]

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Working on a French farm

We arrived chez Guy and Josiane with no idea what to expect. We had met them in a campground in Italy and talked for literally all of about five minutes. In this time they invited us to their house to stay. When we called them while in Gensac they were still keen and suggested that […]

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Would you like a gin and tonic?

From Gensac to our destination of Lezay was about 200km so we decided to spread it over four days. It looked like we could follow the Eurovelo 3 cycle route for at least the first half. The first day was surprisingly difficult due to the heat and hills and the fact that we’d just spent […]

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Puzzling and tennis and a medieval town

After the excitement of the Tour de France we shifted back into a more relaxed gear to see out the week. Partially this was because it started becoming really hot again so all we wanted to do was sit on sun loungers in between frequent swims in the pool. Partially it was because we were […]

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Spectating the Tour de France

Wednesday was the big day with two significant events: we went to watch a stage of the Tour de France and Andy shaved off his moustache. Stage 11 of this year’s Tour de France was starting in the town of Eymet. In my role of Chief Translator I found the online instructions in French on […]

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Drama in Gensac

We kicked off our time in the Dordogne with a visit to a famous Saturday market. I can’t tell you which one because I didn’t write down the name of the town but it was very impressive market with a huge range of food, crafts, clothes and misc. We stocked up large on fresh fruit […]

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Farming, be right back

Hi everyone, we’re currently living on a farm in small-town France which is run as a collective (think hippie commune but a bit different). Working hard so taking a small break from blogging, not a lot of wifi around here! I’m actually posting this from my phone over 4G. We’ll probably be posting again in […]

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A holiday within our holiday

We left Bordeaux and followed a number of pretty good urban cycle paths which quickly linked us onto the Roger Lapébie cycle path. This cycle path turned out to be excellent, it is an old railway line but has been nicely sealed and signposted and as a bonus it’s pretty much flat. The elevation profile […]

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Modane to Bordeaux, via Paris

Once back to Modane we had an afternoon and a morning to relax which was mostly spent reading and sitting on the plastic chairs provided by the campground we were staying in. Thinking back I can’t remember anything eventful. Once again I sort of wanted to be doing something but I was too lethargic in […]

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Touring the Vanoise

We set off bright and early to start our tramp, kicking off the day’s walking by… getting in a taxi. What a life. Mum’s group had organised a minivan taxi, a bargain at only €30, to drive us up to Refuge de l’Orgère. This saved us about 800m of climbing and turned a nine-hour day […]

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The realities of travel

After the Col du Mont Cenis we were tired. We were starting to realise that all this cycling has made us fitter but it was still a long day over the pass. Fortunately we found a lovely campground in Lanslevillard, it even had a TV room! With couches! Any indoor area to sit in is pretty […]

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