Autumn treats – All Saints’ Day ride

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One of the simple pleasures of living in a foreign country is unexpected public holidays. I have discovered that I have a deeply entrenched internal calendar because I half expect a holiday whenever the UK has a day off, but … 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

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

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

Cycle touring in the Cevennes – an introductory ride

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After the long trip to the South of France I was of course itching to get out on my bike. We are based close the border of the départements Gard and Lozère, which means we are at the Eastern edge … Continue reading

National Day holiday in Belgium – glorious summer morning bike ride

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National Day public holiday in Belgium. Most of the country is enjoying a late morning in expectation of music and fireworks tonight. Which means the roads are almost deserted, a glorious opportunity to ride almost car-free through summer fields with … Continue reading