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Auxerre to Agen

Another recumbent bike epic across France.  There seems to be a theme developing, accidentally, but based on European Bike Express' collection points; the last one was B to B (Beaune to Barcelona), this one is A to A.

Having gone down the east of France and over the Massif Central last year this year I thought I'd explore the westerly area a little more.  So, this trip went from Auxerre, followed the Canal du Nivernais to Decize, went west towards Chateauroux and Le Blanc then Poiter, followed La Vienne river skirting Angouleme, Limoge and Perigeux to get to La Reole, finally following the Canal Entre Deux Mers to Toulouse and a bit beyond before returning to Agen for the coach journey home.

About 1,500km in all.

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf with Hôtel Dieu St-Jacques, a hospital.

I really liked Toulouse, it had some beautiful buildings, big parks and a nice feel.  It sort of reminded me of Barcelona in a way.

 

Grand Rond

I'd gone to the park to go to the Natural History Museum but it was Monday and lots of places, including most bakers, shut on Mondays.  Which was a disappointment and would be to Mattéo too, which turned out to be the case when we met up later.

This park though was very large and a nice cool place to stroll.  Some of the plants were signed too, to tell you what they were, but not many.  Toulouse isn't big on signs it seems.

 

At least I think that's what it is.  I'd ended up here more because I was following a very happy, bouncy golden retriever rather than because of any great desire to see churches and the like.  I was on a mission you see to photo dogs for Pippa.

I like those houses in the background, they are like Barcelona, the ensanche, don't you think?

 

Could be Portaferrissa

Carrer de la Portaferrissa in Barcelona that is, except there aren't enough tourists with cameras blocking your every move.