Cycle to Amboise (Day 222)
Our first day in the Loire Valley and the weather is wonderful, the sun has been shining all day.
This morning we cycled into the town centre of Montlouis-sur-Loire to have a look around. It was very small and there were only a few shops, mainly opticians and the staple boulangeries. The French have a thing about opticians they are everywhere! It was a nice quiet area though, with lovely houses, they always have nice houses in France, I think it is because they are normally unique which is so different to most of the houses in England which are very similar red brick, two storey etc etc…
In the afternoon we left my Mum reading her book in the sun and my Dad and I went off for a cycle on one of the Loire a velo routes. These are really well signposted cycle routes, they are on both traffic free paths and on the road, but they generally stick to quiet country roads so you don’t see many other cars, just lots of other cyclists.
The route to Amboise took us mainly through vineyards, where you could see the grapes ripening under the sun. I think it was mainly uphill all the way there, because it was quite a bit easier going on the way back! It was 17km each way, and we had a great time. Amboise was really busy when we got there though, it looked like the whole of France was there! We found an ice cream vendor, bought two ice creams and headed up to the raised promenade that overlooks the river. It would have been so nice to have a swim in the river as it was a scorching day, but sadly you cannot swim in the Loire anymore, so we had to make do with our ice creams to cool us down!