Jan and Ian

Ten years later…


Almost exactly ten years ago Jan and I drove our trusty Peugeot 307 to the town of Azay Le Rideau to see the famous chateau and managed to arrive after closing time. We vowed to return! This time, of course, we have replaced diesel with muscle and comfort with sweat and tortured legs- but return we did. And we managed to arrive during opening hours, too!
Actually Jan had been here in 1984 and remembered the chateau as dark inside and mostly closed off for renovations. But in 2011 things were… dark inside and mostly closed off for renovations! It is somehow comforting to know that some thing never change.
Never-the-less we had returned and luckily the village more than made up for the lack of progress on the chateau, with lovely streets to explore and cafes to choose from. And, of course, the chateau is amongst the prettiest to look at with it’s fairy tale turrets and moat leaving you wondering when the Prince will arrive on his white steed to visit his Princess, looking out from a window high above.
Our ride continued on, covering 65 km by day’s end in Saumur, a lively and stylish town of 20,000 but feeling bigger. Highlights of the day included crossing the 0 degree meridian, finding a lovely B&B and a bargain price, cycling through some beautiful countryside and villages, having a shaded path (some welcome respite from the scorching sun of the last few days, and finding the first dreadlock comb-over we had ever seen.
Who knows what tomorrow might bring!



  1. Anonymous

    Jan & Ian,I love seeing your photos and reading the commentary. It all looks so fabulous! Enjoy each moment and each other’s company. You are so fortunate. Happy travels and take care, Maree

  2. Anonymous

    Those little French villages are so picture perfect aren’t they?? Cycling through them you must be getting such a close look at everything…quality not quantity!

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