Biking in the Loire Valley

Chateau Azay le Rideau

It began like this. “We should do another bike trip,” my husband said a year ago.

“Mm hmm,” I replied.

“Before we get too old,” he added.

Too old? Surely, mid-sixties isn’t too old, I thought. I’m energetic, I exercise (not a fanatic, but once or twice a week), and I golf. Golf is exercise, isn’t it? Especially if you walk the course.

“Definitely,” I said. “But not a place like Provence or Tuscany where the hills are killers.”

Encouraged, my husband set about exploring various guided biking trips; the kind where your luggage is taken from hotel to hotel, the food is excellent, and there are other participants involved …. for more of this post, visit The Good Life France, a wonderful blog on all things French.

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History and beauty in the Loire Valley

More photos from our trip to France, which is sadly almost over. Back to porridge and old clothes as my husband’s grandmother would say.

Chateau Villandry
Doesn’t everyone have gardens like this?
Lovely fireplace inside Chateau Villandry
Chateau Azay-le-Rideau
Chambord – built by Francois I

Overall, we saw chateaus built from the 10th century onward. Chambord was the most extravagant. Villandry’s gardens are beyond compare. French nobles certainly knew how to live! And yesterday, Ian and I had the pleasure of lunch and some sightseeing with author Alison Morton and her husband.

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Looking for inspiration?

My husband and I have the good fortune to be biking in the Loire valley – a place that is famous for its lovely countryside and beautiful chateaus. Which one of these sparks the imagination for a story? Who knows!!

The chateau at Chaumont
Amboise castle
The famous Chenonceau

Which would you choose? (There’s a few more to come on the trip!)

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.