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Exploring the World by Bike

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The Bikes Get Boxed


Yesterday and today, we relaxed in Avignon, acting like “regular” tourists. We arrived yesterday, riding from Gordes, 50 or so kilometres, getting a little lost coming into town. Avignon is the biggest city that we rode into and finding the old town was a little complicated.  (Bordeaux, which we visited a few weeks ago, is larger, but we arrived there by train.)

We toured the key sites in Avignon: the Papal Palace and the Pont d’Avignon.

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The Highs and the Lows of the Luberon


When Peter Mayle wrote the 1989 best seller A Year In Provence, it was set in the area we were riding today. Called The Luberon, it consists of three mountain ranges – Le Petit Luberon, Le Grand Luberon, Le Luberon Oriental, (I’ll let you translate those!) and the valley surrounding them. A Year in Provence tells the story of Mayle and his wife renovating a two-hundred-year-old farm house outside Ménerbes, which is one of the Luberon towns we visited today. It opened the eyes of many English-speaking people to the joys of life in Provence.

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L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – The Venice of France


Amid all the beauty of France, it is hard to be taken by surprise. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is such a place. A small town 25 kilometres east of Avignon, it’s special beauty is the Sorgue River that runs through and around it.

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Now for Something Completely Different


We arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine late yesterday after riding from Avignon. It was a long day on the bikes, close to 75 kilometres. We were keen to arrive here to visit with some Winnipeg friends, so we happily road a few extra kilometres. (Perhaps, I wasn’t entirely happy! It was a long, sometimes hilly slog.)

We have found throughout our trip that it is difficult to find an open restaurant on a Sunday or Monday night. We see this is small and larger towns or cities. It is quite a contrast from North American, were a meal can be found at all times of day or night. (In France, it is next to impossible to find a restaurant to eat in mid-afternoon. The kitchens are fully closed after lunch until dinner service, which usually starts at 7:30.)

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BIG and little

We are always concerned about where our bikes will be stored at night.  It would be devastating to have them stolen.  Last night, after dinner, as is our habit, we went to check our bikes.  We found them corralled by six big beasts.

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A group of six mammoth-sized BMW motorcycles watched over our bikes.  We knew they were safe.

I think I might upgrade my ride!