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Cycling around Angouleme and Chateauroux

Angouleme

Descansando , Angouleme .
Resting  , Angouleme .

After resting in Bordeaux , we headed to Angouleme . It was a long and hard day , 140 kilometers . On the way , there were many vineyards , cows and sheeps . We went cycling secondary roads , very little traffic luckily and just a few persons .

Con Loic , Angouleme .
Having dinner with  Loic , Angouleme .

We spent three nights in Angouleme , we did hard stages days before  and we needed a small break . Our host Loic gave us a very good welcome . After a long day cycling  , he prepared tasty pasta shared with wine . With full stomach and wine effects , we slept so many hours .

Ayuntamiento , Angouleme .
City Hall , Angouleme .

Angouleme is small and quiet city . In the morning we walked around , where the most beautiful was the City Hall . Really nice Castle , I think is the most beautiful City Hall that I ´ve  ever seen until today . At night we went for beers with Loic and his friends . It was perfect place for resting !! Taking the advantage of the comfortable home , cooking , having beers … Loic was very busy in the mornings , he spent time with us at the evening . An interesting thing !! Loic didnt even lock the door , living in downtown , I cant imagine doing this in Spain !!

Tortilla española .
Spanish Omelette  .

Chateauroux

Viñedos .
Vineyards .

Getting to Chateauroux took us two days from Angouleme . The way was long , but easy it was very flat   , between vineyards and lost towns around countryside . We were practicing our French language when we were asking for water and buying food to local people  . At the end of the day , we pictched the tent close to the road . We slept so good , it was no traffic !!

Gonzalo , mirando el mapa .
Gonzalo , looking the map  .

Next day we got Chateauroux , where our host Marc was waiting for us . It was funny , we had to comunicate in our poor French and sign language . Marc was really nice and hospitable with us , he prepared dinner  and he joined us  for a walk around the city . Chateauroux is very small and quiet , despite of was Saturday night . The most beautiful was the Cathedral , it was great with the lights at night .

Catedral , Chateauroux .
Cathedral , Chateauroux .

Marc let us sleeping in his bed , to get a better rest . He slept  in the air mattress , which was flat and he almost slept on the floor , amazing hospitality !! After having breakfast with Marc , we left on the way to our next destination . It was amazing day , very sunny …

Pedaleando por Francia .
Cycling around  France .

Pedaleando por Angouleme y Chateauroux

Angouleme

Descansando , Angouleme .
Descansando , Angouleme .

Tras descansar en Burdeos , nos pusimos en marcha hacia Angouleme . Fue un día largo y duro , 140 kilómetros . En los paisajes había muchos cultivos de  viñedos , vacas y ovejas . Ibamos pedaleando por carreteras secundarias , por las que pasaban muy pocos coches afortunadamente y practicamente no veíamos a ninguna persona  .

Con Loic , Angouleme .
Cenando con Loic  , Angouleme .

En Angouleme paramos 3 noches , llevabamos etapas muy duras en la bici y necesitabamos un pequeño descanso . Nos recibió Loic , una magnífica bienvenida . Después de un día largo y duro nos cocinó una pasta riquísima acompañada con vino  . Con el  estómago lleno y el efecto del vino nos hizó dormir muchas horas .

Ayuntamiento , Angouleme .
Ayuntamiento , Angouleme .

Angouleme es ciudad  muy pequeña y muy tranquila . Por la mañana paseabamos por sus calles , donde lo más bonito es el ayuntamiento . Un castillo precioso , creo que es el ayuntamiento más bonito , que ví hasta la fecha . En la noche nos ibamos a tomar cervezas con Loic y sus amigos . Fueron días de   descanso perfecto !! Aprovechando las comodidades de la casa , cocinando , tomándose unas cervecitas … Loic estaba muy atareado por las mañanas y en la tarde pasaba tiempo con nosotros . Una cosa curiosa !! Ni siquiera cerraba con llave la puerta , una casa en el centro  de la ciudad , cosa impensable en España !!

Tortilla española .
Tortilla Española .

Chateauroux

Viñedos .
Viñedos .

Llegar a Chateauroux , nos llevó dos días desde Angouleme . El camino fue largo y fácil , entre viñedos y pueblos perdidos por el campo . Practicabamos un poco francés al pedir agua y al comprar comida . Al final del día , cuando anocheció  pusimos la tienda a un lado de la carretera . Se dormió muy bien , ya que apenas había tráfico !!

Gonzalo , mirando el mapa .
Gonzalo , mirando el mapa .

Al día siguiente llegamos a Chateauroux , donde nos recibió Marc . Fue muy divertido , nos teníamos que comunicar en nuestro pobre francés y por señas  . Marc fue muy atento y hospitalario , nos preparó una rica cena y nos acompañó a pasear por la ciudad . Chateauroux es pequeñísima y tranquila , a pesar de ser sábado noche se veía poco movimiento  .  Lo más bonito era la catedral , que permanecía iluminada en la noche .

Catedral , Chateauroux .
Catedral , Chateauroux .

Marc nos cedió su cama para que descansaramos  mejor . Hizó el sacrificio de dormir en el suelo con un colchón hinchable , el cuál estaba pinchado y durmió practicamente en el suelo , increíble hospitalidad !! Tras un rico desayuno con Marc ,  nos pusimos en marcha hacia nuestro siguiente destino . El día era muy agradable , muy soleado …

Pedaleando por Francia .
Pedaleando por Francia .

Cycling around Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Lapurdi , Francia .
Lapurdi , France.

From Andoain , after saying goodbye to Jon and his family . We headed to France , to Bordeaux exactly . It took us a couple of days to get there by bicycle . We left Spain by Irun and we got France in Lapurdi , French Basque Country . We were cycling around the coast , Saint Jean de Luz , but we didnt visit , as we did with John the day before , we didnt even take pictures . Our first stop was Bayonne . Gonzalo got a flat tyre and we took the advantage to eat something and rest . Until we got Bayonne , the way wasnt easy , up and down all the way .

Centro turístico , Burdeos .
Downtown  , Bordeaux .

When we left Bayonne , the way was flat until  Bordeaux . We did 150 kilometers and we stopped in Castets at night time . We tried to ask people , in French langugue , if we can pitch the tent inside a garden or around . But the lady couldnt understand us or she didnt want to . We went to the Mcdonalds , to catch up with internet and to get warm . After resting , we pitched the tent in a lonely place , between bushes and we slept as a log .

Con Gonzalo , Burdeos .
With  Gonzalo , Bordeaux .

Next day , the routine when you sleep in the tent , putting back everything and put the luggage in our bicycles . Once we did our routine , we cycled 150 kilometers to reach Bordeaux , where Miguel and Jessy , our hosts , were waiting for us . We got Bordeaux very tired . The way was easy and flat , but we spent many hours on the road , cycling in the middle of nowhere . We catched up with Miguel , he is from Colombia , we exchanged travel and life experiences and they let us sleeping  in the living room .  Miguel told us about his student life in  Bordeaux , the government gave him for free a bicycle during 6 months , it was great for a city as Bordeaux with many bicycle ways .

Camino de Burdeos .
On the way to Bordeaux  .

Bordeaux is amazing city , with university life . Downtown is great to walk around and take pictures , you can always see people around  . They day was rainy and little bit cold . We walked around the river amd we visited the cathedral . It was my second visit to Bordeaux , we spent just a day doing touristic thing  .

Caminando por Burdeos .
Walking around Bordeaux .

In the evening , we spent at home cooking with Miguel and resting for our next stage . When you get France , you realize that prices are more expensive , if I compare to   Spain and the country is more developed . Cycling around  France is much better than Spain , morre bicycle ways and people respect more to the bikers . Language there is a barrier to comunicate at the beginning in France , our French was very poor and their English was usually very bad . Little by little we were learning  French .

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Bordeaux  .