Tour de France 2018 – our dusty day in hell

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The sun is glaring down, baking the land in Belgium and Northern France. The landscape is fluffy clouds and blue skies above golden fields which have begun to be harvested early because of the heatwave. But across one set of … Continue reading

2017 – a gallery. Thanks to all readers and followers of Idonotdespair.com, have a great 2018

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Trying to find a way to summarise 2017 I reminded myself that this year almost every blog post has a unique header photo – some interesting shots, but only used once. So for my personal journey down memory lane, here … Continue reading

Why do you want to ride up that hill? The lure of famous cycling hill-climbs

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While we were on holiday in the South of France recently I told our host that one of the rides I wanted to do was up a climb called Col d’Eze. “Why do you want to ride up that one?” … Continue reading

A cycling day on the Cote d’Azure to live long in the memory – Col d’Eze, Grand Corniche, la Tubie and Peille

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“Well, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day Throw those curtains wide! One day like this a year’d see me right”* From the moment I threw open the curtains and watched the sun rise over the headlands reaching out into … Continue reading

Two roads that will make you want to visit France next summer – the low and the high of the Cevennes

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There’s no finer way to plan a trip to France than to watch a few hours coverage of the Tour de France. The tourist authorities of each region pay a small fortune to have the helicopters fly overhead and capture … Continue reading

Cycling the eastern Cevennes – hidden gem of cycle touring

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For our holiday in the Cevennes we are staying just away from the main tourist hot spots of the Ardeche and the Tarn Gorges so the area seems to be little discovered by cycle tourists. When I searched on line … Continue reading

Timeless scenes of France – Market day beneath the plane trees

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Morning coffee and a croissant at the market in La Grand Combe. A seemingly timeless scene. We love local markets when we are on holiday because the produce just seems brighter and more interesting than at home, and because of … Continue reading