In the morning, our hosts at Les Magnolias served an authentic French breakfast with croissants, crusty bread, orange juice and a bowl of coffee.
Robert our cycling tour operator of Aquitaine bike hire arrived right on time and got us fitted out with the bikes and maps and we were off. A slightly false start with me finding the one sliver of glass in all of France, but the puncture was quickly repaired and we were on our way.
The route from Lalinde to Belves took in several famous Bastides; Molieres, St Avit Senieur where we had espresso, Monpazier for lunch, Cadouin and finally Belves some 70 odd kilometres later. This was to be the furthest and most climbing Sarah has ever done and she did it with style!
Monpazier was just amazing. It was surreal to be sitting in the town square, enjoying Pizza and salad and to think it was founded in 1285 by Edward I, duke of Aquitaine. It is the said to be the finest and best preserved bastide of the regions but our favourite was Cadouin nestled away in a sunny little valley.
Here are just a few pics to whet your appetite.
|The Little Wolf - Lalinde|
|Little church outside Monpazier|
|Pizza Cafe in Monpazier|
|Dordogne River from our bedroom window at Les Magnolias, Lalinde|
|Molieres - Deux Espresso si vous plait|
|Monpazier Town Sqquare|
|Cadouin Town Square and church|
|Arrival at Belves - Manoir De la Moissie|