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Sidney to Montreal to Lyon, France

I am about to embark on my 5th lengthy cycle trip in Europe. Next Friday, September 8, we will be flying with Air Transat from Vancouver to Montreal to Lyon, France, for a 6 week adventure.

We have never been to Lyon, considered to be the foodiest place in France. Hard to believe any city could be foodier than what we have already experienced in France, but I'm up for the challenge. We will stay near Lyon in a small B & B, Des Toits en Ville - http://www.des-toits-en-ville.com - for 4 nights, then will either take the train or cycle through Burgandy to the small town of Fellering in the Alsace to the start of the Moselle (French), Mosel (German) or Musel (Luxembourish) River Cycle Route.

We will begin our ride at the source of the Moselle, the Col de Bussang in the Vosges Mountains in eastern France and follow the river downstream heading north through the region of Lorraine into the German state of Rheinland-Pflaz, into Luxembourg, then back into Germany through a spectacular, winding gorge between the Hunsrück and Eifel Mountains before joining up with the Rhine in Koblenz, 512 km away.
Besides great food, this trip will be all about water, amazing scenery and beverages. Actually, all our trips have been about that. But there will be a lot of vineyard scenery and locally produced beverages along the river. One wine will be Riesling, the grape that grows on the steep slopes of the Moselle gorge, between Trier and Cochem, regarded as one of Europe's great tourist attractions. The Luxembourg side of the gorge is famous for its Crémant sparking wine. Lorraine has a growing number of microbreweries and makes a fruit schnapps from the golden Mirabelle plums and in the Saar valley, viez, a local form of cider is produced. We will not be thirsty for long!

This is a developed cycle route, mainly French and German national infrastructure and we will be following designated cycle and pedestrian only paths along the river and canals or quiet country roads. There are services - accommodations in the form of hotels, guest houses, B & B's, hostels and even campsites and restaurants, etc. all along the route, according to our guide. The guide breaks the route into 14 stages, averaging just over 36 km per stage. If you cycled two stages a day, it would only take a week but we plan to linger and rarely cycle more than 40-50 km a day. And the icing on this tart, is that once we reach the start of the route, it's basically all downhill, descending 650 m from the Moselle source!

So come on along for the ride. We will be taking with us in spirit several dear friends who have experienced serious illness and loss this past year. You know who you are. We are only too aware of how fortunate Jim & I are to once again be able to undertake this kind of trip.

Posted by Jenniferklm 09:29

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Looking forward to your trip that you generously take us along with you. Hope that everything goes smoothly with the flights and getting the ponies there and unpacked.

by Leslie

Can't wait to follow along on your trip. We will be traveling in Europe as well but not by cycle, we'll be in Spain and Portugal and return the same day as you. Have a great time.

by Joanna

Really looking forward to another great, vicarious adventure through Europe with you and Jim. Have a wonderful ride.

by Jane

Wow- this will be a great trip! All the requirements: great countryside, towns of interest, cycling paths, good food, wine and beer. Looking forward to your trip!

by Linda Maasch

What a fabulous trip you have planned. Best wishes to you both for a safe and very fun trip. Being in France, Luxembourg and Germany (and maybe elsewhere in Europe?) will be so rewarding! Looking forward to your informative blogs.

by Val Lanceley

We look forward to being armchair travelors with you. Reading your blog to Jeff as it comes! Love you guys.

by Marianne

Hope this connects. Safe travels.

by Diane

Great intro, Jennifer! Lyon is the third most popular tourist destination in the world's most tourist-popular country (France had nearly 90M tourists over the past 12 months). It is third after Paris and Marne-la-Vallée (which is where EuroDisney is). Of course, as a staunch Marseillais I feel Marseille should be number 3 (at least). I hope you super-enjoy your trip. Ah! As you know, Lyon is famous not only for its up-scale restaurants but also for being the main French city along the route that the Italian Renaissance took to enter France.

by Neil Bishop

Happy travels Jen and Jim - great to have you blogging again so we can enjoy your trip as well.

by Patricia Blonde

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