Travel Blogs from Vals-les-Bains
After we left the main auto way we diverted along a river through twisty windy roads. It was certainly off the beaten track. We are on our way to Nimes to check out the Millau Viaduct and the Pont du Gard and of course the Roman Colosseum. However we had to make a stop at the Chateau Clement. Wow it knocks our socks off. The sun came out; been hazy …
... before eventually becoming a sanatorium in the early 20th century and now is mostly a country inn with a restaurant, has a spring. So we filled our bottles before continuing.
We rode easy and fairly quickly past vineyards, mostly, to Gorges de las Cèza which was brief but scenic enough. The we circled back to St-Martin-d'Ardèche.
After crossing the one-lane suspension bridge there over the Ardèche River, we ...
... the last couple of kilometres to the hotel gave us a quite steep climb.
As you peruse the pictures you may be able to see some small objects on the river. Those are kayaks, and when we got to the end we found a roaring business of kayak rentals with options of 8, 12, 24 and 30 km trips. It was very tempting.
This is obviously a popular French holiday area ...
... got interesting as the microbumps in the pavement moved me further and further off my line as I leaned in through a corner. The river itself is host to many kayak tour operators and boats abound.
At long last I exited the gorge, and in what may be turning into a tradition, encountered Tim, Carole, and Steve in a cafe. I stopped long enough to fill my water bottles (so grateful!), engage ...
... was worth the effort. 4. Traffic is a ***** on the Cote de Azure. Poor Fred spent way too much time behind the wheel today, creeping along from St. Tropez past Cannes and Nice and slowly into Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo was spectacular and well worth the time spent in the car, but it was a long day. We are very much looking forward to spending a week at Spannochia and relaxing a ...
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