A few days in France

Tours, Loire Valley Travel Blog

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Tours was a very pretty city and I had lots of opportunity to practise my French as the people refused to speak English a lot of the time which is very different to Brussels.  
We spent our days there cycling to the nearby Chateaux which were scattered throughout the country side. The castles were amazing and sooo big. We hired bikes and caught trains to nearby villages to ride and explore the surrounding areas. Fiona was feeling very proud of her Frenchness one day when she packed a picnic of cheese, wine and a fresh baguette sticking out the top of the bag, although this was not too last, as we run to jump on the train, that we were once again late for, all the contents of her bag came crashing to the ground, apples rolled under the train, bread hit the deck as did wine although it survived miraculously James and I laughed and looked on from the train as she struggled to pick up bike, bread, wine, apples, bag with a frustrated train conductor looking on. The train journey we spent accusing each other of having bad BO as a strange smell was following us around it only took us several hours until we realised it was the cheese in the bag.
The bike riding was great as it was flat and a lot of the time we rode on bike paths away from traffic, we had a great time riding through the cities also trying to avoid being killed by buses and cars which seem to drive so close.
Our favourite castle was Chateau de Chenonceau which was built over the river. It also had fantastic gardens including fruits and vegetable which we had a great time picking all the gooseberries and having a feast on them and all sorts of other fruits some of which tasted a bit strange.
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Tours, Loire Valley