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Cycling Europe by Bike

Introduction to France

The sheer physical diversity of France would be hard to exhaust in a lifetime of visits. Landscapes range from the fretted coasts of Brittany and the limestone hills of Provence to the canyons of the Pyrenees and the half-moon bays of Corsica, and from the wooded valleys of the Dordogne and the gentle meadows of the Loire valley to the glaciated peaks of the Alps. Each region looks and feels different, with its own characteristic food and often its own dialect. A strong sense of regional identity has persisted despite centuries of centralizing governments, from Louis XIV to de Gaulle.


The importance of the land reverberates throughout French culture, manifesting itself in areas as diverse as regional pride in local cuisine and the state's fierce defence of Europe's agricultural subsidies. Perhaps the most striking feature of the French countryside is the sense of space. There are huge tracts of woodland and undeveloped land without a house in sight, and, away from the main urban centres, hundreds of towns and villages have changed only slowly and organically over the years, their old houses and streets intact, as much a part of the natural landscape as the rivers, hills and fields.

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Route through France

Our route through this area may change at any notice, and at this point is only shown as a rough guide to our direction, upon completion of this stage there will be a more comprehensive guide available to view.



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Expedition Diary

We are currently shifting our way through tons of images, bits of coffee stained scrap paper, video footage, soggy maps and more...So please bare with us while we put it all together to make some meaningful journal out of it!

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Images taken from our trip across Europe on bike.

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