Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Riding Onwards From Vaas to the Amazing City of Le Mans France

Riding onwards from Vaas to the amazing City of Le Mans France is where my motorbike blog is taking us today!

Hi folks, hope your all well and not feeling too miserable with this awful weather we are having. Certainly not nice for riding in is it.

Trying to brighten my mood I now find myself downloading more of the pictures that I took on our tour with friends last year, I have to get a shifty on and finish writing about our trip as MotoGP will be starting soon and I can't wait to start writing about that and downloading the pictures of your amazing pictures that you have sent me via Facebook and Twitter.

So....

After our lovely visit to Vaas and the realisation that we now have to continue our journey to Le Mans and after that we will unfortunately be getting the ferry home I remember feeling quite sad to be leaving where I want to be, France.

I do love England I have said before, but to have a cottage here would be fantastic and to have the option to go riding the beautiful roads in France when ever we wanted without being stopped by the weather or the traffic would be awesome.





Anyway lets not dwell on that at the moment I want to talk to you about Le Mans and what a beautiful place we found it to be.



I presume you call these trams, they were so close to the road it was amazing to be riding along side them, what a great way to get around.











More amazing architecture as we rode towards the Center of Le Mans.





Once we arrived at the Center the hubbies dropped us off as they wanted to go and visit the Le Mans track museum and Jackie and I wanted to have a closer look at what Le Mans had to offer.



As the bikes pulled away, it felt slightly odd being apart from my hubby and not having the bike with us either. A welcome break from each other I here you say, but no, I did feel a little lost without them, meaning the bike and Jeff!


Jackie and I being independent and confident ladies, we knew we would be fine, that said, It did feel quite odd watching them pull away without us on the back of the bikes!


However, those feeling soon passed when Jackie and I decided to embrace our time without the lads and have a wonder....


It's not everyday that you come across a great big yellow snail otherwise known as Escargot in France is it!


Really handy for me and Jackie though as it was sat outside of the tourist board and we found it useful as we knew that once we saw the yellow snail on our return walk we were going to be close to where our hubbies had dropped us off, the snail is what we would keep our eyes open for!

I wonder how many other people in this wonderful world of ours have a photo of themselves by a great big fat yellow snail! (I'm giggling whilst writing this!)


Look at this beautiful piece of architecture, absolutely breathtaking.....


 Every where we walked there was something lovely to take pictures of....



We walked for what seemed to be miles and were both grateful to have the opportunity to stretch our legs....


The other thing I have noticed about France is where do all the people go!!!


Here in England you only have to walk up the road and you bump into someone, you can walk miles in France and not see one person, it's amazing....



In this tunnel at the sides where you see the arches in the wall (not sure how else to explain it!) there were flowers and posters and as we walked through the tunnel even that had things of interest to take in....





There was a market going on at the square outside of the cathedral and we wandered around happily....



Just had to be done! Saw this Caffe, called Caffe Rossi and we all know what a big fan I am of Valentino Rossi, not sure if the caffe is anything to do with Rossi, but just because the picture had to be taken....


And of course the C&A shop too, we just had to take a piccy, used to love C&A when it was here in England, in fact so much that Jackie and I both went in and brought ourselves a new jumper!!









It seemed like from every road we wondered through you could see the cathedral in the background, it really was a sight to be captured....




Jackie and I stopped for a drink here, we seemed to have covered a lot in a little space of time and me for sure I was exhausted!


Breathtaking...


No litter in sight....




Even the cobbled streets were charming....









This building here seemed to go around the whole of Le Mans and Jackie and I followed it round, climbed some stairs (again in uncomfortable leathers!) and found ourselves back in the Centre....




Going back through the arches under the bridge these plants were growing in the arches, amazing...


And then the heavens opened once again and how glad were we that we weren't on the bikes! We just hoped that Jeff and Mike were under cover and not getting soaking wet yet again....



As soon as the rain started within I would say three minutes it stopped and the sun shone once more...


I know I keep on about it but the building just blow me away, so full of character...

As we were wandering we came across a beautiful shop selling all kinds of flowers and plants, the way they had been displayed were gorgeous I just had to go inside and the shop keeper kindly let me take some pictures....






Lovely Florists....


So Jackie and my time in Le Mans had come to an end and we had to make our way back to the escargot (big yellow snail) to meet up again with Jeff and Mike...


The lads I guess had a great time at the museum but I do think secretly they had wished they could have done both and wandered the streets of Le Mans with us, time again, not enough of it....




Time to saddle up once more and make our way to Ouisterham to catch the ferry that evening....




I can't believe how the fond memories of our trip whilst I have been writing on my blog and looking at the pictures have made me feel. I honestly have a lump in my throat.

This part of the journey is when hubby can feel me on the bike sobbing because we have to go home. Honestly it happens every year!

Quite uncomfortable crying with a crash helmet on and gloves, so difficult to wipe the tears away!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our tour and seeing the pictures, I must have done something right to have gained so many followers, thank you all again.

There is something to be said about the open road on a Motorbike, the sense of pure freedom and peace, and riding in France and Spain just doesn't disappoint.

No traffic has come to mind, no enclosed space, houses are limited and spaced out and the villages are small and peaceful.

And then you could go around a bend and smack bang in front of you is another stunning view!

It never ceases to amaze me, and, if you get the chance I recommend you go, ride your socks off and have fun....

Before I go for today, I wanted to mention that Movistar Yamaha had their live launch of the YZR-M1 bike livery today in Madrid.

Their goal is for the world title.

Testing starts in Sepang in 4 days time for the team.

I wish Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales, the Movistar Yamaha team all the best of luck this season.

Anyway for today folks that's it, done, all that's left for me to do now is to write about the places we stayed and provide you lovely lot with the maps, you never know you may take bits from our trip for yourselves.

Next up then, routes and reviews.

For now though all that's left for me to say is ride safe, take care of each other until next time...

Oh, just one more thing, keep them pictures coming I'll be starting to add them to my blog very soon and don't forget to share if you want too...

Bye for now....








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