Tip 2 for the summer is the Tour de France (passing 50-60 km from our house)
Some years the Tour de France passes through our district. And 2016 is one of those years!
Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103rd Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,535 kilometres.
- Stage 3, Monday, July 4th: Granville / Angers (223.5 km)
- Stage 4, Tuesday, July 5th: Saumur / Limoges (237.5 km)
You can read more about the Tour’s history on Wikipedia! We are no experts, but it’s great fun to watch live (even though they normally flash by in just a couple of minutes). This year they pass through two of our neighbouring cities: Angers and Saumur.Angers
The beautiful city of Angers is situated 60 km north of our place. It was the medieval seat of the Plantagenet dynasty, and the castle/fortress is said to have been the favourite dwelling of Richard the Lionheart. We’ll write more about Angers later this summer, but for those interested, here are a couple of links:
Saumur is situated 50 km to the north-east of our place. It is another medieval gem of a city. The Loire river runs through its centre, and on the hillside you’ll find the Chãteau de Saumur, originally constructed in the 10th century by Theobald I, Count of Blois, as a fortified stronghold against Norman predations. The castle as it looked in 1410 is depicted on The page for September in the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. We will blog more about Saumur and its ancient surroundings later this summer.
A couple of links: