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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)
Map route Tour de France 2016

The 2016 Tour de France itinerary (click on the map for more information)

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.

By Josh Hallett from Winter Haven, FL, USA (Bradley Wiggins - 2012 Tour de France) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Josh Hallett from Winter Haven, FL, USA (Bradley Wiggins – 2012 Tour de France) CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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:

La Maine traversant Angers

The river Maine running through Angers. Photographer: Denis Pithon CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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:

By Martin Falbisoner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Panorama of Saumur by Martin Falbisoner (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Limbourg brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio 9, verso: September. By the Limbourg brothers [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons