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Back with a bang

Hello again! After a brief sojourn of four days to attend a friend’s wedding in Italy (it was amazing, thanks for asking), we are back in France and back en route to Nice. And we couldn’t have asked for a better way to return to the saddle, as we ventured along flat picturesque roads and saw two of our absolute fave places in France (in the world actually).

We spent the morning in Bordeaux, which is one of those rare gems - a city full of rich heritage yet whose streets and neo-gothic buildings look like they’ve just been built and polished yesterday. It’s stunning everywhere you look, and seems to be getting better with age. Their maintenance rota must be off the charts, or there must be a painting of it in an attic somewhere looking truly terrible.

We dragged ourselves away and followed the Roger Lapebie cycle path, which is basically flat - as it follows a disused railway line - so is a treat to go along. It stretches for 250km all the way to Toulouse however we just did the first 40km of those and then turned off to have lunch in Saint-Émillion. What. A. Place. It is world famous for its wines (if you ever get the chance to have a Premier Grand Cru Classé, don’t pass it up) and idyllic on the eye, with miles of vineyards and châteaux radiating out in all directions, and a strict building policy it seems of only using incredible old marble-esque stone.

We tested our will power by making it almost all the way through town without having a glass of wine, then gladly fell at the final hurdle. Sorry-not-sorry.

A little afternoon spin through more vineyards and along the Dordogne river brought us to the little village of Gensac, just before our final stop for the day. After an afternoon spent riding through acres of some of the greatest wine on earth, there was only one way to end the day. Château Carbonneau provided a delightful setting in this most delightful corner of France to enjoy a little platter, duly washed down with a verre du vin.

It’s good to be back.

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