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We have awoken to a beautiful sunny morning which hasn't always been the case of late!!! Until we opened our cool remote controlled shutters we were in a blackened tomb. The horreur of sleeping through Werner's much anticipated stop in Sancerre!!!
Actually we are staying 5 kl. north of Sancerre in the small village of Bannay. Tonight we will dine "chez" our hosts and all we know is that fish will be served! Always ...
... we could get a coffee and fortify ourselves with a banana and some chocolate from our own supplies.
While we were doing this we could see the clouds building in the direction we were headed, so we donned our wet weather gear before heading off again into the greyness ahead. It wasn't long before the heavens opened but like a lot of the showers we've been experiencing it was fortunately short lived. We soon rejoined the Lateral Canal ...
... took us through one such section before moving away from our levee on the river for a while to take us inland and around another nuclear power station, joining the river again for the run into Gien.
We approached Gien across a 13th century stone bridge which allowed us a good view of the long red brick castle of Anne de Beaujeu which dominates the skyline when arriving on the opposite side. Gien is also known for the china bearing its name which ...
Today marks the beginning of the Loire Nature section of the Eurovelo 6. This section goes from Orleans to Nevers, a distance of 223k. It is described as the transition from the Royal Loire with all of its chateaus to the wild Loire that man has tried to tame with canals and bridges. We leave the river along this section and follow the towpath beside the Lateral Canal all the way to Nevers.
So today's ride .... perfect one day, but not so good the ...
... had ever had a red Sancerre and that was my favorite. Dominique told us that the red Sancerre wines have not been exported to the US until recently. We left with some whites and reds and wished we could carry more.
Jean-Michel and Annie continued to lead us through the beautiful Loire Valley passing vineyards, through deep dark forests, to ancient castle ruins, to lovely châteaux, into the town of Sancerre, up a tower ...
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- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking