Vineyards, Vultures & an amazing Bridge !
20.07.2015 - 21.07.2015
We started the morning with a very pretty ride through vineyards and sweeping bends, and then through the Corniche des Cevennes
Occasionally stopping for a break and a photo of an old bridge
Our accommodation for the night was the lovely Chateau d'Ayres, a former Monastery and now a B & B set in very tranquil grounds.
(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.
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?
It was a fantastic ride through the Gorge.
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.
And my patient "Vulture" waiting for me to finish taking photos - once again !
Cliff-top Castle, amazing how they survive the elements for centuries -
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.
We arrived at Cahor very hot and bothered after riding in temperatures up to 38 degrees.