Nimes in the afternoon sun…..

After Arles we set off for Nimes which is in the Gard Department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Elodie dropped us near the Palais du Justice and we wandered off in the very hot sun towards the amazing Roman Amphitheatre, the Arena of Nimes – it seemed to me a much more jaw-dropping structure than the one in Arles. The huge blocks from which it is constructed are very … Continue reading Nimes in the afternoon sun…..

Next stop? … Arles

On the advice of Jill at A Walkers’ Word, we decided to stay on in Avignon for an extra night so that we could take in some of the historic sights on offer. Having completed our unguided ride, we moved the following morning to a different hotel (Kyriad Cap Sud), since we could not stay on a Le Lavarin.  Jill had booked a private afternoon tour to Arles, Nimes … Continue reading Next stop? … Arles

An Afternoon in Villeneuve-Les-Avignon …

Not wanting to waste the extra time we had before our bikes were collected, we decided to venture out again to Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, a reasonably short ride away. The day was still lovely and we were soon riding in past Tour Philippe Le Bel on our way to the 14th Century Carthusian Monastery – Chartreuse du Val de Bénédiction, the resting place of Pope Innocent VI. … Continue reading An Afternoon in Villeneuve-Les-Avignon …

Longing for France ….

Today is Waitangi Day, a public holiday in New Zealand, to celebrate our history, and the signing of our founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi. It is the most magnifient of summer days – blue skies,with a light and balmy breeze to take the sting out of the hot sun. Idyllic really, so why then am I sitting on our deck, in the beautiful leafy … Continue reading Longing for France ….