Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Viva le Velocipede!

Hi, everybody!

It's been a quiet year since I've updated. But I'm about to head out on another, albiet much shorter, adventure: bicycling through Provence with this guy:
Dad reports he might have been "over-training," and I'm pretty sure he was already going to make me look bad. We'll see.

This trip, like the Grand Canyon rafting trip from a few years ago, is an organized group tour. This one is via Vermont Bicycle Tours. And like the Grand Canyon trip, I haven't looked much into the details, because I don't really have to. I show up at the airport, and they take care of everything else.

The trip involves two "pre-trip" days in the town of Aix-en-Provence, followed by 1 week of cycling around Provence and the Alpilles, including stops at vineyards, historic artist's studios, and small farms. Then, we take a train to Paris for two "post-trip" free-form days in the city.

I've never been to Paris, or France at all, so I'm really looking forward to every leg. Most of my plans involve eating, drinking, walking around, and people-watching--neither Dad nor I consider it worth our while to spend hours waiting in line for museums or historic sites on such a limited time schedule. We would both love suggestions from travelers who have spent time in this corner of Europe!

I will certainly take my camera, but I don't know how much I'll photograph. I'm less likely to take pictures when there are other people around (both because everyone else is usually taking photos, and I hate holding up the group [or being held up!] getting the right shot), and I tend to take fewer photos of cities, towns, and people than I do natural landscapes.

I leave on June 10--see you then!

1 comment:

  1. Last thing I want to do is make you look bad. I just don't want to crap out on the hill up to the (castle, cathedral, whatever).