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Old 05-25-10, 03:33 AM
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Apart from doing Mt. Ventoux on one of the days, I'll be riding daily from the place we've rented in Vaison. So any suggestions for 2-3 hour rides starting and ending there would be appreciated!
I suggest you get two books. Lonely Planet's "Cycling France. ". and "Cycling in France" by Ulysses 'Green Escapes.'
They outline a whole slew of local rides about the Luberon.. I assure you, you have hours and hours of good riding ahead of you.. Other options, stop by the local tourist offices, they often have maps outlining local cycling trails..
.In the Luberon valley ( department being the Vaucluse. ) you will find a cycling path designated as such stretching from Avignon to Apt.. Great cycling that will take a full day to complete.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
I'll be back in France this summer for a few weeks, then in October I'm moving there for good! In the Midi Pyrenees region north of Toulouse. Can't wait to get back to the good life.
Where the heck have you been Surfer.. Unless, I've missed out on your posts, you've been so quiet of late; I've feared you were in prison or something. ?
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Thanks Ced,

I'll check it out if the others fall through......69Euro a day for a road bike is pretty pricey!



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Originally Posted by ibis_ti View Post
Thanks Ced,

I'll check it out if the others fall through......69Euro a day for a road bike is pretty pricey!
This seems very pricey indeed, how much could u expect to pay in your area ? I guess the other option would be to bring your own bike
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
Where the heck have you been Surfer.. Unless, I've missed out on your posts, you've been so quiet of late; I've feared you were in prison or something. ?
He has been back in the US for a few months now. So, I guess you can say he has been in prison!!
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Hi Ced,

The wife and I will be in France from June 22 to July 2 (Paris for the first six days, then one day in Lyon, and three days in Nice) and Barcelona from July 2 to July 5. Given that my wife doesn't ride much, there won't really be any cycling as part of the trip, other than maybe getting a "city" bike one day. However, we are looking for restaurant recommendations in the above cities. Do you have any recommendations for the above cities?

Also, if you're ever in Southern California, let me know. I'd be happy to serve as a "tour guide" both on the bike and off.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
He has been back in the US for a few months now. So, I guess you can say he has been in prison!!
Just have not seen many of his posts of late..
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Originally Posted by Uncle Jams Army View Post
Hi Ced,

The wife and I will be in France from June 22 to July 2 (Paris for the first six days, then one day in Lyon, and three days in Nice) and Barcelona from July 2 to July 5. Given that my wife doesn't ride much, there won't really be any cycling as part of the trip, other than maybe getting a "city" bike one day. However, we are looking for restaurant recommendations in the above cities. Do you have any recommendations for the above cities?

Also, if you're ever in Southern California, let me know. I'd be happy to serve as a "tour guide" both on the bike and off.
Hi, nice to hear that you will be visiting France soon, with the weak Euro I guess this is a perfect time for you !

I would strongly recommend these 3 places where I have been recently, they are into the Michelin restaurant guide, gourmet place for people would really look for the real fine french food: I would try a place called "Nabuchodonosor", then "Ptit troquet" and/or "Fontaines de Mars" You won't be diseappointed ! If I remember well expect to pay around 30 Euros per person or something like this... These 3 places are situated around the Eiffel Tower area, very romantic area You wife should love it. If you have the chance, please go on a bike tour of Paris ! It is amazing, you can even cycle in the Champs Elysees ! I have done it myself. (Here is the address I have been to: https://parisbiketour.net/visite-velo-paris.php . You should also visit Versailles, in some ways linked with the American histoiry because Louis XIV built it thanks to money he got by selling Louisiana to the Americans. One other advise about Paris, do not only stick with the "touristic places" Go to Quartier Latin for example and see the real France, with typical cafes (That few tourists know) or behind Montmartre where the Quartier des Peintres is... Have you seen the movie "Amelie" this is what you will get


Regarding Lyon, I would recommend to go to the "old" Lyon, At the Croix Rousse and these following restaurants: "Au petit bouchon chez Georges", or "Le Bouchon des filles" or one called "Le restau" these 3 places are amazing, typical french food and not too pricy.

I am sure you will have fun in France If you need any help, please let me know... And thanks for your kind offer, Next time I come to California, I will let you know for sure

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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
Hi, nice to hear that you will be visiting France soon, with the weak Euro I guess this is a perfect time for you !

I would strongly recommend these 3 places where I have been recently, they are into the Michelin restaurant guide, gourmet place for people would really look for the real fine french food: I would try a place called "Nabuchodonosor", then "Ptit troquet" and/or "Fontaines de Mars" You won't be diseappointed ! If I remember well expect to pay around 30 Euros per person or something like this... These 3 places are situated around the Eiffel Tower area, very romantic area You wife should love it. If you have the chance, please go on a bike tour of Paris ! It is amazing, you can even cycle in the Champs Elysees ! I have done it myself. (Here is the address I have been to: https://parisbiketour.net/visite-velo-paris.php . You should also visit Versailles, in some ways linked with the American histoiry because Louis XIV built it thanks to money he got by selling Louisiana to the Americans. One other advise about Paris, do not only stick with the "touristic places" Go to Quartier Latin for example and see the real France, with typical cafes (That few tourists know) or behind Montmartre where the Quartier des Peintres is... Have you seen the movie "Amelie" this is what you will get

I am sure you will have fun in France If you need any help, please let me know... And thanks for your kind offer, Next time I come to California, I will let you know for sure

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... And if you need any additional info regarding Barcelona and Nice, please let me know x
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
Where the heck have you been Surfer.. Unless, I've missed out on your posts, you've been so quiet of late; I've feared you were in prison or something. ?
I am really glad to hear from Surfer Nice to hear that he's alive !
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I'm planning on a week in France and a week in either northen Italy or switzerland. I'll keep in touch!
Hi Dgasmd, nice to hear from you, let me know when you know where and when you'll be in France
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I will be travelling around between July and August. I will be stopping by in Paris to see the last stage of the TdF. Don't plan on any riding as I'm deployed in Afghanistan and don't have anything with me. I shall also visit Italy and Germany, maybe a couple other countries.
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Coming to london and france this summer. We're arriving in Paris on July 9th, as the tour moves from Montargis to Gueugnon. We won't be there in time to catch that stage sadly, so we won't see it in person. I'd like to ride a road bike in paris, and want to go to an official tour store to buy a jersey.
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Coming to london and france this summer. We're arriving in Paris on July 9th, as the tour moves from Montargis to Gueugnon. We won't be there in time to catch that stage sadly, so we won't see it in person. I'd like to ride a road bike in paris, and want to go to an official tour store to buy a jersey.
I'm not keen on riding my bicycle in cities, but it wasn't bad in Paris ... with the exception of riding up the Champs Elysees. We made it a good way up, before I got too frustrated with it and we turned around ... too much traffic, too many pedestrians running back and forth across the road, and cobblestone.

The next time we get to France will hopefully be in 2011. Our previous times were 2007 and 2003. For a particular event.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I'm not keen on riding my bicycle in cities, but it wasn't bad in Paris ... with the exception of riding up the Champs Elysees. We made it a good way up, before I got too frustrated with it and we turned around ... too much traffic, too many pedestrians running back and forth across the road, and cobblestone.

The next time we get to France will hopefully be in 2011. Our previous times were 2007 and 2003. For a particular event.
Paris, like most other cities are not easy when it comes to cycling... But with a bit of courage and faith, anything is possible But i remember cycling the Champs Elysees on the way down and it wasn't that bad ...
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Originally Posted by Cedfromfrance View Post
Paris, like most other cities are not easy when it comes to cycling... But with a bit of courage and faith, anything is possible But i remember cycling the Champs Elysees on the way down and it wasn't that bad ...
depends on the city.

paris, london, NYC, and berlin are not only easy, they're fun to ride in.

istanbul... not so much.
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How are drivers with bicyclsts in France? I am thinking of commuting from Cessy to Geneva (~18km) but i know the road to Geneva is just a single lane with round-abouts... when I was there a couple years ago, i don't remember seeing any cyclists on the road... i worry it is too narrow and people drive too fast...
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We're going to Greece. But that's less like traveling to Europe, more like traveling to Central America, but with larger budget deficits and a far more delusional populace.
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europe is overrated.

just ask S&P and moody
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
I'll be back in France this summer for a few weeks, then in October I'm moving there for good! In the Midi Pyrenees region north of Toulouse. Can't wait to get back to the good life.

how did you manage to move there permanently? I thought immigration is tough these days.
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I'll be going to my house in Italy this September for at least a month. Hopefully, I'll be able to bring my bike with me ( last year I ran everyday, and running on coblestone roads put a hurting on my knees ) and do some riding. No mountains by my house, but rolling hills should keep me busy.

The failing Euro has been the best news yet!!
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how did you manage to move there permanently? I thought immigration is tough these days.
For Americans, I am pretty sure this is not so hard, some of my neighbours are from the US and they didn't have any difficulties, but they could speak a bit of French when they came
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Originally Posted by petalpower View Post
I'll be going to my house in Italy this September for at least a month. Hopefully, I'll be able to bring my bike with me ( last year I ran everyday, and running on coblestone roads put a hurting on my knees ) and do some riding. No mountains by my house, but rolling hills should keep me busy.

The failing Euro has been the best news yet!!
As a business guy based in France, I can also tell you that the failing Euro is also the best news !! It might not last though so you should take advantage of it while you can Have fun in Italy
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