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Cycling, Wine and Cultural Tours in the Dordogne, Pyrenees and Southwest of France.

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Brittany France From Inside

A casual bike ride in Brittany France (87 miles), with the Atlantic Coast as part of the ride's objective. Looking west across the Atlantic has a notably different feel from that of looking out across the Pacific, considering the history of all those that crossed the Atlantic from Europe. Throughout France there are reminders of civilization long before the discovery of America ... (link to map of ride)

Brittany France From Inside

Brittany France From Inside

When the sun is shinning Brittany is beautiful, but Brittany's weather is actual much more like that of England's. My ride was a mixture of sun and rain. Those rows in the distance are not vineyards, instead corn.

Cycling in Brittany France

An estuary along the ride ...

Cycling in Brittany France

Brittany is at a latitude of 47 and 48, and the difference between low tide and high tide is obvious beyond a doubt.

Cycling in Brittany France

Brittany France From Inside

Most of the farms in Brittany are diary farms. And the agriculture is principally corn and wheat.

Brittany France From Inside

Brittany France From Inside

Above, the entry way into an old estate, probably dating back to the 16th century.

Brittany Cycling

Now this church looks grim. Lower the temperature to 45 degrees, add a lot of rain and and an overcast sky, shorten the day light hours to between 9 am and 4 pm, and voila ... Brittany in the winter ... charming.

Cycling Brittany

Cycling in Brittany France

What then differentiates Brittany from England? Food and wine, thank god ... and no Hooligans.