26 – 29 April 2018

Before kicking off our cycling adventure, we decided to spend two weeks in a small village learning French. We wanted an immersion into French culture to see if we could learn a little more than bonjour, merci and au revoir! And that we did….but before I get to that, we had a quick stopover in a Paris. Coincidentally Paul and I got engaged there exactly 9 years ago…a nice memory for us.

One good ‘Tern’ deserves another – meet Gaston and Belle

The main purpose of our stopover was to collect the bikes we had ordered. These are Tern D7i folding bikes who we have fondly named Gaston and Belle (Beauty and the Beast).

A big thanks to David from Cyclable Boulogne-Billancourt for all his help over email leading up and then especially for delivering them to the Paris 15 store for us to collect.

Gaston and Belle and their delivery vehicle
Meet Gaston and Belle

Main highlights in Paris were:

  • Picking up Gaston and Belle, already mentioned. We then cycled them back to our hotel through the streets of Paris…nothing better than a self guided cycle through such a gorgeous city.
  • Tapas and wine at L’avant Comptoir De Le Mer (thanks Ash and Chrissy). Beers at Chez Prune* (thanks Mikael).
  • Buying nougat in the local market*.
  • Our hotel was fantastic and a great location, perfect breakfast as well. Hotel du College de France in St Germain/Latin Quarter. The manager was very interested in our folding bikes and our trip across France

On the 28 April we woke up early to pack up our bike gear for the first time and cycle to the TGV station for our train to Avignon. We were not sure how it would all go, especially as it was raining. A little hard to balance at first but we got the hang of it.IMG_0989

The train trip was awesome too. Love the French TGV. Now onto our next chapter, 2 weeks in Provence.

* Finding Wilson

Paris is always a good idea”

Audrey Hepburn