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After our lovely evening in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the following morning it was time to leave and wend our way back to Avignon through more pretty French countryside, stopping in Caumont along the way for what was probably the biggest and most delicious almond croissant we had encountered thus far. It was warm as we cycled through the town but as we rode through the streets, shaded on one side and sunlit on the other, we happened upon a tiny artisan boulanger. The mid-morning sun was filtering through its windows washing the tiny shop in pretty dappled light and the room was filled with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked pastries. I shall remember that little shop forever. I was experiencing something so very French!

Feeling sated, after a sidewalk cafe coffee to wash down the pastry, we set off again, passing Chartreuse de Bonpas, a beautiful castle, with a C12th chapel, pretty gardens and wine tasting too boot! It was a little early for wine, so we continued riding, over the Durance through pretty Noves, and it wasn’t long until we came to the outskirts of Avignon – it was no hardship returning as we really loved the vibe of the place, which on reflection, was not just because of the festival taking place at the time (an annual event in July), but it simply felt right for us to be there.

We reached our base hotel just before lunch feeling pretty pleased with ourselves! We had done the unguided ride that we so wanted to do, and survived! Not only that, we had fallen in love with Provence, and knew we wanted to return.

Next stop? Villeneuve-Les-Avignon