Cycling in Sunny Provence: Chateauneuf du Pape

Gorgeous weather, gorgeous scenery and wines that make you weak.  First day in Provence, perfection. I am in a simple small hotel with a million dollar view looking out at the vineyards.  Wonderful cycling here but more rolling hills than we saw along the Canal du Midi.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

First view of Chateauneuf

I love to feel welcomed!

First view of Chateauneuf du Pape

First view of Chateauneuf du Pape

Famous "soil" of Chateauneuf du Pape

Famous “soil” of Chateauneuf du Pape

Tasting Ahead Sign

Tasting Ahead Sign

My hotel for the night

My hotel for the night

Affordable options for lunch

Affordable options for lunch

Vineyards as far as you can see!

Vineyards as far as you can see!

Remnants of the Pope's castle

Remnants of the Pope’s castle

View from Pope's castle

View from Pope’s castle

Tasting cellars

Tasting cellars

View of vineyards from my room

View of vineyards from my room

Can’t wait to see what adventures tomorrow will bring!

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Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.