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2014 Tandem Through France

After my Southern Route cross country trip, Don and I began taking about together – on the tandem. We settled on taking another trip to France.

After much discussion about taking an organized tour, a supported tour, or organizing a tour ourselves, we decided to try to something on our own. A friend recommended we look into the Tandem Club of France to join some of their weekend trips around the country.

We joined the Tandem Club and found two weekend rallies not far outside of Paris and then made B & B arrangements nearby. In between, we had flexible days to tour and cycling in Normandy. After our weekends with the Tandem Club, we had a week with no definitive plans except to visit with our longtime friends, Christine and Patrice.  They invited us to their beach house for some of that time, and great adventures ensued!

Here is a chronological archive of my blog from the entire trip.

  • September 17, 2014
    I am embarrassed to say, but we have found a reasonable Wi-Fi connection at the McDonald’s in Isigny sur Mer.  So, we will forfeit the photos (I have taken several hundred) and just give a quick time line from Friday: Friday:  Drove out of Paris to Mauquency, near Forges les Eaux to our gite with Jean ... Continue reading →
  • September 21, 2014
    Wednesday, after our McDonald’s experience, we went to Arrromanches, site of the British D-Day landing (Gold Beach).  The British experienced minimal resistance when taking the beach and set about creating an artificial harbor. They sank old merchant ships to create a breakwater, then added huge concrete boxes, built in England and towed across the Channel. ... Continue reading →
  • September 23, 2014
    Sunday evening we enjoyed dinner with the owners of La Petite Ferme. He is a trained cook and we enjoyed squash soup, salmon in papillote with shrimps and rice and beurre blanc, with tiramisu with pears and a chopped nut crust- a very enjoyable meal. We studied Rick Steve’s book on the Loire and decided to see three ... Continue reading →
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