La Loire à tandem

Sunrise

Sunrise

Alas, the period of silence comes to an end! The pencil went blunt, the inkpot ran dry…..the beckoning world of ‘la plume de ma tante’ was naught but a code for……….this man has been AWOL for a couple of weeks. In fact, with his wife riding the tandem midst chateaux and vignobles of the Loire valley, fueling up on croissant and baguettes, re-hydrating on grandes tasses de café et bières a la pression, and when off duty (ie. off the bike), over the final meal of the day, popping the cork on a wine from Saumur or Anjou, and sampling till the lees tell us there is no more……..

Our host, Yan, took us down into the bowels of his garden, a deep

Le Closeau, our cottage in Courleon

Le Closeau, our cottage in Courleon

cavernous cellar below his lawns, to reveal wine racks that stretched around the walls, and offered us three of his collection……..two full bodied reds and a sparkling Vouvray that we corked to toast our own 37th anniversary.

The quiet days of October, with warmth still in the sun, is an ideal time to be exploring the Loire valley. We covered most of the terrain between Tours and Angers, discovered the chateaux of Langeais, Villandry, Saumur and Ussé, and found time to idle over a typical French lunch, or be distracted by Caves where the invitation to a degustation was too good to ignore.

Chateau de Langeais

Chateau de Langeais

With the Loire in the background

With the Loire in the background

Ah, the joys of peeing in public!

Ah, the joys of peeing in public!

Message.....?

Message…..?

Cabin crew on strike again....!

Cabin crew on strike again….!

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on November 9, 2013, in Tandem riding and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Oh so envious. This post brought back many happy memories of our six week stay in Montsoreau. We toured the many châtaux of the Loire while we were there and like you we did our share of sampling of the wines.
    Good to hear from you again.

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  2. Thanks Heather. Good to be back after period of ‘wandering’.

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  3. What have you done Frank ?
    Ana Cecilia read the blog, saw the photos, now she’s talking about getting a tandem !
    NO !!!! No way !
    Seriously, it’s good to be reading your lines again, and – like Heather above – I’m envious.
    The Loire Valley in October sunshine – it doesn’t get much better than that …

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  4. Beware of tandems…….they can become addictive!

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