Summer Vacation Begins!

Yeah, John and I are in France and then the isle of Jersey for two weeks this summer. Some may remember that we went to stay with a friend south of Bordeaux for a week last year and we vowed to come back with our bikes this year!

We set out on Saturday by ferry from Dover because I wanted to see the white cliffs. It was sunny everywhere but Dover which was covered in clouds…oh well…


After crossing the channel to Calais it was nice and sunny again…


After about a 5 hr drive and 1 bizarre turn of the GPS which got us stuck and lost at a toll booth off the highway we made it to Amboise in the Loire Valley where we have stayed for 2 nights. John got tired of driving about a half an hour before going around Paris, which actually turned out to be very heavy traffic and lots of turns…hmmm good thing it was my turn to drive on the right side of the road for me but on the wrong side of the car! I did fine though…


Amboise is a touristy town in the Loire because of the Royal Chateaux…gorgeous…





We also realised it was the final resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci…


Sunday was “Bastille Day” or French National Day so Amboise was extra busy. We escaped for a bit by going on our first cycle trip, yeah…


I had to stop in front of this chateaux for a picture. I love France!

Our perfectly timed stopover in Amboise ended with a top notch fireworks display over the river. I didn’t plan it this way but it was also directly in front of our hotel and we found the hotel balcony to sit and watch from on comfy chairs. It was perfect!