Another fun thing to do in the Loire Valley is to bike ride through some of the small towns, on back roads, to visit the chateaux. So, with the loan of bikes, helmets and a detailed map from M. Sarrasin, Hill, Mikaela and I set out for a 25 -30 kilometer ride to Villandry and back. M. Sarrasin told us that there was only on real hill along the route but he neglected to mention that there was a long uphill climb right after leaving the hotel.
Once we made it up that hill, we got our bearings and set out for Villandry.
Along the way we past the Abby of Gerfault which may be a BandB now.
The sign says there were only 10 KMs to Villandry.
Once we reached Villandry, we were ready for a hot chocolate in a small hotel/bar. By the time we were leaving, the locals were coming in for lunch. After that Hill bought some Pate de Foie Gras and some ham for our lunch later in the day.
Then off to the chateau. Villandry is famous for its gardens. Even though it was early in the season one can really see that it will be something to behold once spring arrives.
We slogged our way back up the one hill that M. Sarrasin mentioned, then coasted down the hill that led to the entrance to the hotel where we had one final photo op on the wall overlooking the valley.
Now to get ready for the PMC.