- The Black Swan
We’ve slowed down in France, taking it easy, visiting medieval villages and cycling below average distances…so how did I get four days behind updating this blog? After a late start, we dawdle around the town we arrived in late the night before, shopping for food or replacing worn bike clothes. Then to avoid busy roads find bike trails that wander around; or delightful country lanes that are not laid out in a grid, but meander between little towns. It is a challenge to avoid getting lost, as I’m using free tourist maps and not the detailed Michelin maps. Most intersections have signs pointing to the next village, many villages have maps posted and all the towns have tourist information offices. We stop often to get oriented (after being disoriented). So by two pm we eat a picnic lunch (pique nique in French); and back on the road at three have only covered 30 km today. With no time to waste, we push on to a new, closer destination. Stores close at 7:30 pm just as we enter; and as it gets dark check several hotels in search of an affordable one. They all have WiFi and though I’m too tired to blog, stay up late surfing the web. The whole week has been like that. Now that we’ve taken a rest day in Angers, home of the Count of Anjou and the Anjou Plantagenet dynasty, I am able to catch up.
Bicycle parking in "doghouses" at our hostel.
Hwy D65 goes through the woods near Vizens.
Saint-Maurice Cathedral (XII & XIII century).
Bells ringing for Palm Sunday mass at St-Pierre-des-Eschaubrognes.
Chateau Angers, made of slate & limestone, houses the Apocalypse Tapestry (1382).
Ferrying ourselves across the L'Authion.