Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne allow to link the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. It is possible to follow almost the whole path by bicycle cycling under a green roof made of trees. Local Gouvernements did a great job pavementing hundreds of kms of green ways, so now cycling has become nicer than ever.
LINKING TWO SEAS
Also cycling along the Atlantic coast it worths the journey, infatc even here there is plenty of bicycle paths that are close to some marvellous beaches where surfing is another popular sport.
CHAMBERY:It is always a great pleasure to return in this beautiful town.
HOTELS: We have always had a great staying for the right price.
TOURISME OFFICES: always willing to give us every informations.
BOULANGERIES: a french institution, cycling in France would be a lot less nice without them.
BRASSERIES: another french institution: salads, wines, beers, omelettes and so on always available for the right price.
GIRONDE'S BEACHES: they really are "ocean" beaches.
OYSTERS IN GIRONDE: If you like them this is the right corner.
GUIDES ABOUT CYCLING ALONG CANAL DU MIDI AND CANAL DE GARONNE; only a word to say: precious. Edited by the ASSOCIATION VELO DE TOULOUSE www.toulouse.fubicy.org
GUIDE MICHELIN: it helped us to find nice restaurants and good hotels www.viamichelin.fr
This time I am really forced to write:
FRENCH RAILWAYS (S.N.C.F.): very, very expensive, they cost nearly 4 times more than in Italy and most of the time We used them they were not on time. With a such cost We will get in France surely by car next journey, for istance 2 tickets Narbonne - Nice cost 150 euros!!!! (40 euros for 2 bikes!!!!), notice that the Hotel We took in Nice (an Ibis Hotel) asked us 80 euro for 2 persons, so it is possible to have immediatly an idea of how expensive is to travel by train in France. It is strange that a so often cyclist friendly Country does so much to avoid to use the train by tourists. Yes, there are some options to spend less buying some pass or a season ticket, but why have I to buy a such option if I need to stay in France few days?. Another great problem is that many TGVs (high speed train) do not carry bicycles so You are forced to take local trains even for long distance transfers, nothing to compare for instance with Austrian Railways where almost ALL TRAINS accept bicycles.