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Discovery cycling tour of des Route des Balcons d'Azur & VELO 06 bike shop visit

Since I came back to the south I was definitely not spending my time lying on the beach ! I’ve been actually busiest then ever and I love it ! Being busy with the things you love makes you happy and fulfilled. There’s a saying „Find a thing you love and do it and you will not work a single day of your life” - and I find it's pretty accurate here :)
Sun rising over the French Riviera, view from Vallauris

Last day of this very intense re-discovery of my beloved Cote d’Azur I set on a fairly easy, even entry-level cycling itinerary and yet very picturesque. I based it on official, recommended, 114 km-long route - so called Route des Balcons d’Azure (The Azure Balconies Cycling Trail - if we were to translate it ;))

The reason for it was because I also wanted to show it to my better, second-half - Christophe and include a farewell lunch stop somewhere - as it was his last day before coming back to Warsaw. Even though the weather was not great (still warm, but pretty cloudy) I can say it worked out perfectly :) And we were even lucky to catch some sun on our return !

The village of Tourettes sur Loupes seen from the bike

Omg we had so much fun! We definitely took our time to stop and take lots of pictures of first signs of autumn here in the French Riviera. We even discovered the kaki fruit grow (I am not a fan of it, I must admit…), took selfies during water-stop etc.

We started from Villeneuve-Loubet village, then continued until Tourrette-sur-Loup and then went on and descend straight to the Vence village for the promised last lunch en amoureux. Though we are not vegetarians (but in conversion…) we chose to dine in a local, fresh and simply cute veg restaurant we found on a small square, tucked away from the crowded promenade - Mama Gaia.

As you can see for yourselves- it was a jackpot ! From food, through the service quality - simply all was of the highest standards, we can truly say that this gem of a bistro can satisfy even meat-eaters cravings! If you want to experience it in the best setting possible - don’t hesitate to drop me a message for a table reservation.

PS. Yes, they serve %, my choice of Apero was Spritz, and Chris enjoyed their very last bottle of IPA from the Mercantour local brewerie.

There was even a local-star singer that added the additional attraction to our „date” who claimed to be of Polish-origin ! He offered a choice of three French songs and Chris chose „Je l’aime a mourir” (I love her to death!) He’s a keeper <3

We concluded our tour by the St.Paul de Vence passage and La Colle sur Loup and continued to the seaside for the last coffee & beer stop before a visit at be-friended local bike shop - Velo06 of Jean-Luc Barlet, lcated in Villneuve-Loubet. Very cool stuff you can get there - of course not to mention the top-of-the-top service, best cycling apparel selection (Gobik, Castelli and from 2021 TROFEO.Cycling), to the best bikes - LOOK, Argon 18… and many many more!

I guess that I don’t have to remind that but you are more than welcome to contact me for this one-of-a-kind cycling discovery of Balcons d’Azur trail :)

Those itching so much to travel and wishing to book their accommodation for a perfect road-cycling escapade on French Riviera - you can do so with the handy map-tool by Hotellook (already centered on Vence village, that I wrote about above!)

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