Saturday, May 31, 2014

Boarding the Boat at Avignon

Four Australians, 4 Americans, 2 Brits, 4 Canadians (including us) and a family of 4 from Sweden (mom, dad, 13 yr old girl, 10 yr old boy) – those are the passengers that boarded the boat yesterday.  Two Italians, one Dutch-Italian, two Dutch and one that we think is Austrialian – the crew of our little boat.  Among the cyclists are several retired teachers (quelle surprise!) and except for the Swedish family, most would be in our age category and from what we can tell about our level of cycling.

Avignon is often called the city of Popes since during the 1300s 7 different popes lived here. And of course, during that time they had to construct the Palais des Papes - an impressive gothic structure that we toured when we got here.  As well, at this time of year they always have a Rose Festival. And to celebrate their 10th anniversary they made a rose cake!

We had a few hours to kill today in Avignon before we boarded the boat but after that things started to get rolling.  Our 3 course dinner was served at 7:00 followed by our cycling instructions for tomorrow.  Cycling begins at 8:50 in the morning as we head for Chateauneuf-de-pape. This city was another residence for the pope – although it’s now known for its delicious red wines which we get to sample tomorrow.  Eat your heart out Ross!
The cabins and facilities on board so far are quite acceptable - shower is hot with good pressure and there is plenty of room to stow our luggage.

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