of the trip changes...
What began as an adventure
and test of strength and endurance, now became a gentle stroll
through medieval villages with a lot of food and beaucoup
de vins. We appreciated the variety of scenery and the
hotels selected for us. One night, nestled high on a hill
(theres that word again), in the village of Vezelay,
we stayed at Hotel de la Poste et du Lion DOr.
Our room had a beautiful view of the ancient stone streets
and the Basilica St. Madelaine. We slept with our windows
open that night, listening to the lull of voices from the
Next day was a total
change of pace. Beth and I spent the day reading by a lovely
lake at Les Settons, a vacation spot for local families
where camping, pedal boats, swimming and a fishing school
are the main attractions. Our
accommodations at La Vielle Diligence -- an old rustic
farmhouse -- matched the surroundings. Dinner here was not
like eating at a hotel. The hearty home-cooked meal was served
family style around a large table and we enjoyed unique conversations
with our hosts and the other guests. In fact, we met a true
adventurer who was travelling on horseback, on his own, from
his home in Germany all the way to Spain.
day promised new pleasures. Once again in the luxury of our
taxi, we arrived at Arney Le Duc, yet another beautiful
little town. The day was spent slowly exploring the nooks
and crannies of this little gem. Our hotel room was clean
and simple with shower and toilet but here at Chez Camille
Hotel, we experienced the type of French cuisine and service
that Id only ever read about before. The dining room
was a lovely annexed area filled with overgrown benjamin ficcus
trees that pressed against the glass ceiling. We were seated
at a table which faced a glass wall behind which a dozen handsome
chefs (yummy!) were preparing our meal. By the end of the
meal we had eaten nine courses, five of which were a series
of delicate desserts.
And suddenly it was over.
The next morning we were driven over mountains, hills, dips
and bends, back to our first hotel in Savigny de Beaune.
When the proprietor saw us coming out of the taxi, he asked,
Ou sont les velos? (Where are the bikes?)
Oh, we said with a smile, Beth had a bit
of an accident but we had a great time in spite of it.
And then we sat down and enjoyed yet another fine bottle of
wine from the Burgundy region. Sometimes things turn out for
the best. We learned that biking in France, no matter how
many hills, isnt a bit difficult at all!
not to forget ...
- padded bicycle shorts
- your own padded bike seat or gel seat
- biking gloves
- water bottle
- medical travel insurance
- French dictionary
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