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ORANGE-MEYRUIS-CAHOR : (FRANCE) JULY 20 & 21st

Vineyards, Vultures & an amazing Bridge !

We started the morning with a very pretty ride through vineyards and sweeping bends, and then through the Corniche des Cevennes
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Occasionally stopping for a break and a photo of an old bridge
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Our accommodation for the night was the lovely Chateau d'Ayres, a former Monastery and now a B & B set in very tranquil grounds.
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(note that tourist in the blue shirt photo-bombed : again!!!)

Dinner was delicious, local specialities enjoyed on the terrace, and a bottle of very good local wine.
I think we could get used to this lifestyle !!

Next morning Nougat made his appearance - looking for breakfast.
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Then we departed for Cahor through the Terraces de Jonte.
The little villages perched on cliff edges are always fascinating. Why do they build is such precarious positions ? And how do they last this long?

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It was a fantastic ride through the Gorge.
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Warned by our previous hosts at the Chateau we were on the look out for the Colony of Griffon Vultures. They are an endangered species which were re-introduced to this area in 2001 to try and save them.
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And my patient "Vulture" waiting for me to finish taking photos - once again !
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Cliff-top Castle, amazing how they survive the elements for centuries -
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The trip would not be complete without a ride over the Millau Bridge completed in 2004 at a cost of 400 million Euros.
Consistently ranked one of Engineering's greatest achievements of all time, this Cable Stayed bridge is 2460m long with 7 Piers.
The highest Pier is 343m - higher than the Eiffel Tower.
It is a Toll road and cost 4.70 Euros = money well spent.
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We arrived at Cahor very hot and bothered after riding in temperatures up to 38 degrees.

Posted by MKaye 06:35 Archived in France

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