Orange to Vaison-la-Romaine en velo….

We awoke to another warm and yet slightly overcast day, and set off to find Vaison-la-Romaine. We rode out of Orange through the magnificent triumphal arch heading towards the very pretty town of St Cecile. We had to cycle through vineyards to get there, and en route we came across the most delightful church set in amongst the vines. It was here that we were … Continue reading Orange to Vaison-la-Romaine en velo….

Provence: Lavender and the Luberon – Avignon a L’Orange en Velo …

France-Bike route managers arrived early in the morning on the first day of our cycling adventure, with our bikes, helmets, and very detailed directions. They loaded our gear into their van, leaving us to set off on stage one of our trip. Soon we were cycling along the banks of the river Rhone, heading towards Orange. As it happened, two Americans were also doing the … Continue reading Provence: Lavender and the Luberon – Avignon a L’Orange en Velo …

Paris to Avignon….

In order to begin our self-guided cycle tour in Provence, we caught the TGV from Paris and sped our way to Avignon – it took only three hours to arrive in style at the pretty impressive Gare d’Avignon. I should say right from the outset that we arranged the cycling trip in Provence through a brilliant Kiwi agent here in Auckland, Jill Grant from A Walker’s World. She was … Continue reading Paris to Avignon….

Cycling in Provence …. setting the scene.

Looking forward to a return to Paris in 2014, and another trip to the South of France (including a new cycling adventure in Provence), set me thinking about the wonderful self-guided cycling adventure my husband and I had in Provence in 2007. It was fantastic, and it occurred to me that there may be others contemplating a similar trip who might find our experience useful. As a couple of fifty-something New Zealanders … Continue reading Cycling in Provence …. setting the scene.

Saint Tropez flashback…

Today as I was idly sifting though the blogs I sometimes follow, I returned to beautiful Saint Tropez with the help of the very elegant blog written by Sandra Austoni, a French woman from Provence now living in the USA. Her post on Saint Tropez is very evocative, informative and extremely pretty. The photographs capture what I felt was the essence of the place – … Continue reading Saint Tropez flashback…