26 April 2005

Bonjours mes copains!

Salut! We are sorry that it took so long to get a post up, mais life kept interfering whenever we tried to find computer!
France is incredible! We are in Blois right now; beside the river Loire. The cycling has been great in the last couple of days. The French drive very quickly and the roads are thin, but we have been travelling on quiet little country roads and loving it. Cycling is a great way to see the vraiment France; we have seen many beautiful churches and chateux, many dating from the 11th century! The little villages are precious; just a bakery, a butcher, and everything closes in the afternoon for a siesta!
Last night we stayed with a very nice couple in their house in Orchaise. Her (Aurelie) family had lived and farmed there since 1749. They gave us a pate that his (Ludovic) father had made from rabbits that he hunted. We talked politics, drank local wine and anise liquer, and enjoyed a true French dinner with a cheese course for dessert.
Our behinds are a little sore but are getting used to the punishment and we are feeling strong on our bikes. We have had some headwinds but have still been able to make our desired distances each day.
Every little town is so interesting and full of history; not much has changed here (in the country) in hundreds of years.
Today we will check out the incredible chateau and old town of Blois and head towards Amboise. Au revoir!