La Bastide de Voulonne
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After getting use to the sound of hoot owls in the night we slept in until 8:00am this morning. We awoke to a low cloud level and cool temperatures but the promise of a sunny day lay ahead. After a pot of coffee (loved that after a month of espressos) and a light breakfast, we took a walk through the village of Noves.
Noves is is a very small village with only a few hundred inhabitants. At one time there were ramparts around the town but only a few remain along with a few ...
... was a travel day, it also became a laundry day. It took a couple of hours to get caught up but we succeeded. Next it was off to Avignon supermarket for groceries for the week. We returned about 5:00 and settled in for the night. We lit a fire in the fireplace as the temperature in the old stone cottage was a bit cool. The fire, some jazz and some Côte de Rhine wine made for a lovely evening.
Saw a schnauzer at the flea market near the town market Les Halles this morning and longed to see our four-leggers. Les Halles reminded us of Pike Place Market transplanted to France! Can't wait to see the kids!
Tomorrow we board the high-speed TGV train back to Paris, where we'll overnight near the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport before our Thursday morning flight home.
Mike and ...
Rapped to report completed the climb to Alpe d'Huez without stopping in under 1.5 hrs then continued on to the Col de Sarrene following the tour route. The descent was the terrifying , narrow road, poor condition, they are currently doing road work to improve it,certainly leaving it to the last minute, huge number of switchbacks with droppoffs , this will ma.ke good viewing. We met Betty in the town forlunch . Will all be celebrating ...
... table, and my French Champagne went down well followed by a great meal. I am sure there was a sigh of relief from the local diners when we left and tranquility returned,. Our waitresses however loved us.
So, with Trek roadies now at our disposal, some riding was required, The second day we headed off for a 50km or so ride to the town of Apt mainly along a cycling track, We started late so it was very hot by the time we returned which we fixed ...