Villeneuve les Avignon, France

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We have a day off the bikes today and get a chance to recharge our batteries and take it easy. We start off with a lovely breakfast of croissants and pain au chocolat which Helene has bought fresh this morning from the local patisserie. Carl then takes the opportunity to get a couple of days added to the diary on the internet while Bene catches up with Helene.

After a light lunch of pasta and pesto followed by Nutella roll, we head out for a trip in the car with Helene to see the towns of Fontaine de Vaucluse and Isle sur Sorgue. The first has an amazing natural spring rising out of the ground at the foot of some spectacular cliffs; and the second has a cafe which serves great ice cream. Both outstanding in their own right.

After being walked and fed, we head back to the house and take a plunge in the pool. It’s not got quite up to a comfortable temperature due to the long spring they’ve had, but we manage to stay in for about 15 minutes before the water temperature of 15 degrees starts to get to our cores and we have to call it a day.

We then have a delicious pierrade; fresh meats cooked on a hot plate in the centre of the table. Afterwards we show Helene and Jean-Francois most of the videos we’ve been able to capture on our trip so far and thank them for their hospitality.