Faucon (Provence), Apr/May '12

Part two of our South of France trip saw us arriving in an unseasonably cold Provence and looking out of the gite window at rolling fields of vines on to the looming mass of Mont Ventoux.

Another wonderful home from home with a little log burning stove for heating which got a good workout for a couple of weeks until the sun decided to shine. Not that the weather would stop the riding, maybe just delay the inevitable assault on Ventoux - the headline of this stay of course.

Aside from the cycling, which is truly amazing in this part of the world (many cols and valleys to explore aside from the main event of Ventoux) we really enjoyed a lot more relaxation and the chance to discover numerous gems here in Provence.

The astute viewer will notice that Pratiwi & I were joined by her sister for a short part of the time here which made the stay even more enjoyable.

17:30

Evening arrival at our 2nd gite. View from the bedroom shows Ventoux shrouded in cloud. Other hills look nice too! grin

11:20

Integrating at the local 'Flower Festival'. Not many flowers, but they had crêpes & other goodies so who cares? wink

19:25

Winter hasn't quite let go yet with some chilly nights. So we get to enjoy the log burner - in more ways than one wink

13:38

For those curious as to why I haven't mentioned riding Mont Ventoux yet... the view from our bedroom explains it wink

12:45

View NE-ish from Col d'Ey, 2nd of 3 cols on the morning ride. The descent was awesome, and final one even more so! grin

18:30

Le Mont Ventoux. Last snow of spring in the last light of day.

17:40

The girls at dinner in Vaison-la-Romaine. A little celebration as it's been a while smile

14:30

Upon discovering la supermarché closes midday on a Sunday one just has to make do with wares from la boulangerie wink

10:45

As it was covered in cloud, only shots from top of Mt Ventoux are pretty poor sad Nice views half way down though smile

12:45

What a beautiful ride this morning with Pratiwi. Stopped for many pictures and a slice (or 2) of cake in Brantes smile

08:25

Friday morning markets at Carpentras. Lots more goodies collected for lunch smile

19:00

Ideally the tower on Ventoux should be silhouetted by this 'super moon' but it wasn't to be. Oh well - next time wink

12:43

Part of this morning's ride passed from Suzette to Malaucène. Great views on this stretch & a great ride of course smile

12:45

Had an easy ride with the ladies today. Here's Pratiwi and Vicki and the view from just below Col de Propiac smile

12:00

Hmmmmm... roast chicken for lunch. Although the Indonesian interpretation of roast potatoes is a little unusual wink

11:49

A glorious day here to head back up Mt Ventoux. Could actually see something other than cloud at the top! smile

08:10

A 2nd trip to Avignon is a bit nicer. Lesson: do not approach a city from it's train station for the best impression.

10:50

Time for a quick look at Le Barroux. Or the view to be more precise. Think I prefer mountains to plains though.

12:00

Lunch in Malaucène. Entrée and main... don't think desert was on the table long enough for a picture wink

13:11

Trip computer said 95km range left but thought it time to refuel. Still, 822km since last time is pretty good, eh? smile

10:26

Wasn't going to go riding this arvo (it's a bit windy & want to watch the Giro). But now thinking I perhaps should tongue

12:13

Views from this morning's jolly (but rather cold and windy would you believe?!) ride over a few cols.

12:00

Vulture spotting on the cliffs above Rémuzat. Got some half decent shots & amazing to see these guys flying so close.

14:00

Views from the road, above St May, from above Rémuzat, South of Col de Soubeyrand & South Col d'Ey. Great day out.

15:30

Earlier today: View passing Montbrun-les-Bains & later water stop. The sun is shining again after few days of rain smile

09:50

A bit late maybe, but time for a look round the medieval bit of Vaison-la-Romaine. Very nice. Plus lunch of course tongue

18:20

Crazy light this evening. Little more so due to processing perhaps? Car will be for sale next year if you fancy it wink

05:45

Last day here in Faucon: time to pack for some. For others the sun is out & there are still new roads to ride! grin wink

11:35

Last Faucon ride done (sob!). Bike wash done. Time to hang on the drying tree before being packed for the trip ahead.

06:30

Time to leave Faucon so a quick reminder of what has been a wonderful home for the last 6 weeks. We'll miss it here

09:00

Routes cycled around Faucon. Ventoux is the grey-ish blob top/centre. Look at all those juicy cols & valleys too! grin