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Craig Smart

Bicycle Tour In Europe, France part 1

8/30 ~ 9/10 Paris, Lyon, Dijon, Burgundy, Annecy, Chambery, Avignon, L' Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, Luberon, Apt, Aix-En-Provence, Antibes

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8/30 Perth ➜ Doha ➜ Paris ➜ Lyon ➜ Dijon

Miraculously, the bikes have survived bouncing around inside cardboard boxes in planes for the best part of a day from Perth to Paris via Doha.

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▲Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Riding around Paris is brilliant!

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▲Fontaines du Théâtre-Français
The Veteran, undertaking to guard the machine while I grab a drink on Rue Saint-Honoré.

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This was the ride for the day.

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All bagged-up at Gare de Lyon, ready for the TGV trip to Dijon.

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Petit dejeuner in Saint-Gengoux-le-national.

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Les vaches.


9/3 Dijon ➜ Burgundy ➜ Annecy ➜ Chambery ➜ Avignon

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Anyone who's seen the film Back to Burgundy will probably recognise this old abbey entryway.

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▲Annecy

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Mid-twenties. Enough for a dip in the lake.

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Alpine yabbies.

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▲Grésy-Sur-Isère, Rhone-Alpes, France
Heading towards Chambery, currently here.

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▲Gare d‘Avignon-Centre
Here are some pics of my folding bike being assembled after we got off the train from Chambery.


9/7 Avignon ➜ L' Isle-sur-la-Sorgue ➜ Luberon ➜ Apt

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▲Camping du Grand Bois
Perfect little campground, just out of Avignon... and we have it all to ourselves (except for a nice Dutch couple).

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▲L' Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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▲Gourdon
Turns out that all the villages that are particularly picturesque in the Luberon involve fairly steep climbs, and the ones along the cycle route are a bit.. less so.
But a short uphill diversion up to Goult was worthwhile.


9/9 Apt ➜ Aix-en-Provence ➜ Antibes

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▲Apt
Market day in Apt... time for breakfast.

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▲Aix-en-Provence
Just had the most sensational light lunch of cheese, meat, bread and wine.
Aix on Provence is now on my 'list'.

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▲Shire offices in Aix

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Bikes only. "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its cyclists."

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▲Antibes