La Cote des Monts Damnes
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Will write this up as time permits but the highlight for me today was the visit to a little village called Apremont which is very proud of being beautiful and rightly so http://www.apremont-sur-allier.com/the% 20village.html
Before that we went to the city of Nevers.
Up and off on time. We road up and down a local road to warm up then we headed straight up to Sancerre, a hilltop, medieval village. It was 3kms up. I took it nice and steady and was able to achieve the climb without stopping or getting off.
What a wonderful spot! Narrow little streets, a wee square with cafes, patisserie surronding it. We sat and had a coffee to let the rest ...
... before dinner, making our efforts seem more worthwhile. We also tasted the red wine of Sancerre, a pinot noir, which was excellent. Sancerre also has a long history of violence and warfare during the French religious wars when Catholics and Protestants fought for control of the region, with the Protestants eventually fleeing. I'll leave further research for those interested.
[We're spending thisTuesday night at a beautiful hotel in the ...
... with the mosiacs.
No bike shop so Arie suggested a change in plan. That we proceed onto Chatillon-sur-Loire (a town settled in the middle ages) and then along the canal to the barge. This would make the day about 25 km rather than 50. Noone objected to that! It turned about to be a great day, the town being fascinating and the canal track lovely to ride on. We felt we'd had a real french experience with white ducks, one swan, lovely bridges, people ...
Similar start to the day with a bit of rain but also very windy. I had slept better though.
We had 55kms to cover today! We stayed on the barge to experience two of the fourteen locks the barge is to go through today. These are more modern than the "seven locks" the town is named for.
We hadn't gone far when Dave got a flat. Ari changed the tyre quickly and we were on our way. While we ...