Dordogne Cycling: Chateaus, Cows & Chocolate Shoes

Cycling the Dordogne area of France, in the interior of the southwest region, offered wonderful, hilly cycling for a five-day 30th anniversary celebration. The self-guided tour, arranged by Discover France, began in Bergerac, weaved along the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers,  taking us through the medieval villages of  Tre´molat , Les Eyzies, Montignac, and finished in Sarlat,  The area  is known for its prehistoric sites- caves and archeology, as well as its  gastronomy – local farms and menus  feature rich goose liver known as foie gras, mushrooms, walnuts, cheeses, sausages, and of course fantastic bread and pastries.  In every village, no matter how small, monuments honor soldiers killed in both World Wars and resistance fighters.

Of the five days, we had only one morning of rain, allowing us to test our raingear and giving me a new respect for those that commute by bike no matter the weather.

Chocolate Shoes!

Mail delivered by bike in small villages

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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15 Responses to Dordogne Cycling: Chateaus, Cows & Chocolate Shoes

  1. Looks like a beautiful trip.

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  2. Oh what a beautiful area to bike. Enjoy the trip.

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  3. Sweet! Makes me almost want to get on a bike… almost. 😉

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  4. Barbara klein says:

    Fantastic! Love mom.

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  5. Northern Narratives says:

    Th perfect place for a cycling trip 🙂

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  6. Adeena says:

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! I love the pictures. See you tomorrow, IY”H!

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  7. Ariana says:

    Wow! Looks awesome!

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  9. Patti Winker says:

    Oh such wonderful pictures and such a marvelous adventure! So envious. I just may have a new destination to add to my wish list. 😉 Have a great time.

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  10. Jeff Gatenby says:

    Fantastic pictures of a beautiful area of France. Brings back memories of my wife and I touring the same area in early November last year. Now want to go back and do it again.

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  12. Malou says:

    Beautiful post! When we were driving to Dordogne, I was wondering what’s so special about the place. But discovering its beauty (which is not as obvious as the other parts of France) is to be forever charmed by it. 😉

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