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A Doddle in France and Germany
By Kayleen Bilson - (contact)

Day 8 Saumur to Chinon: Troglodytes

Tuesday August 31, 2010, 42 km (26 miles) - Total so far: 349 km (217 miles)

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Château de Saumur.

With another deliciously wicked breakfast of croissants and raspberry jam in our tummies we left at our usual time of about 9.30 and took the river path with a few excursions into the vineyards along the way. Whether these excursions into the vineyards are planned is another question for we have discovered that many of the villages use the signage 'Itinerairé Provisoire', whilst the green Velo Route signage seems to mysteriously disappear as one is lead throughout the village and local areas.

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Lots of these today.

Today was a day which I had been looking forward to as it was the day we would begin to see the Troglodyte dwellings. Not for the first time did we feel we were riding a little blind. Our Cycline book is in German and so there is little we understand of the text. Our la Loire à Vélo maps are quite detailed but have no other information printed on them. In some towns we are able to obtain tourist information and read a little about where we are, however for the most part we are relying on sketchy notes I took before we left Australia.

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Beginning to see homes built into the side of cliffs.

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Inside the Troglodyte village near Turquant.

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On the main bike path.

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Inside the Troglodyte village.

The Troglodyte villages take our minds off the hillier sections around Turquant and by the time we arrive in Candes St-Martin we are pleased to find a lovely Boulangerie where we buy curry baguettes and yummy tartellettes. There are some picnic seats along the river banks and so we stop to enjoy our lunch.

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Eating these is always the best part of the day.

The afternoon ride along la Vienne River is pleasant and flat and we arrive in Chinon by 2.30. The mornings' hills have taken their toll and we are not thinking clearly so we began to make our way out of Chinon without stopping to explore thoroughly. Fortunately the sight of the hill near the Chateau stops me in my tracks and I exclaim that I don't have the energy to go further today. We turn around and head back into town where we find the camping ground at the foot of the Chateau! A lucky find and the most sensible thing we have done all day.

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Exiting the lift at Chinon.

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Château de Chinon.

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Walking through Chinon.

The afternoon is spent exploring the beautiful medieval area of Chinon, dating back to the 14thC and to think that we almost missed it! Dinner that evening is at a restaurant in the city square.

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Half timbered buildings of Chinon.

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A much better decision than to have ridden on.

Relaxing by the campsite that evening we are dazzled by the lit up Chateau de Chinon.

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Château de Chinon at night.

Oh, did I mention the wind? It was in our face for most of the day.


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