Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

A few weeks ago Kevin and I spent a week biking through the warm and sunny south of France. I shared part one of our trip last week. Be sure to check it out for more photos of the breathtaking French countryside! :)

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

On our third day biking through picturesque villages and sprawling wheat fields, we stopped for lunch in beautiful town of Laguépie. Laguépie is a teeny tiny village on the Aveyron river with a population of less than 800 residents.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We stopped for a picnic lunch along the banks of the river with the ruins of this medieval chateau as our view. The water was warm and shallow enough for wading to cool our feet after riding all morning.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries) Top left photo via The Global Trip

After lunch, we hopped back on our bikes and rode some more. And this is why you should always pay attention to road signs, my friends. See that teeny tiny sign in the top left photo? We were riding through honestly the middle of nowhere. There was nothing but gorgeous scenery and golden wheat fields to be seen for miles. We came to this tiny road sign, and above it was an even tinier sign that said “Sorbets” with an arrow.

Well, when you’re in the south of France, in the middle of nowhere, and you come to a sign that says “Sorbets” you obviously follow the arrow. So we did, and we came to this small, ghost-town-like village. There were no shops, no restaurants, no people, just homes. Like a tiny country neighborhood. We thought there’s no way there’s a sorbet shop here… And even if there is, there’s no way it’s open! We kept going though, and eventually saw another sorbet sign! With another arrow! We were encouraged and kept following. And sure enough… After a few more minutes we came to this little house with a sorbet sign out front. There was even the cutest pink couch outside for sitting and eating sorbet.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries) Top right photo via The Global Trip

We peeked inside, and basically it was like an artist’s studio, filled with arts, and crafts, and hand-painted postcards from the artist herself. She spent her days living and painting in the French countryside, and selling her homemade organic sorbet to those who happen to wander through. It was honestly one of the neatest experiences I have ever had. What an amazing life!

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

I got strawberry and raspberry. Amazing!!

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries) Top left photo via The Global Trip

Late that afternoon we made our way to Cordes-sur-Ciel. In 2014 the French people voted this small hilltop town their favorite village in France. And I can totally see why. This was such a fun stop. I am so glad we got to spend a night in this beautiful village. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend it! There are fun, colorful shops along the narrow, cobblestone streets. There’s endless wandering and relaxing to be had. There’s even a museum fully dedicated to chocolate! They had samples and of course a gift shop where we bought some souvenirs. ;)

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries) Top left photo via The Global Trip

Cordes-Sur-Ciel literally translates to “Cordes on the sky”. This small village sits on the highest hill in the area, and it feels like you’re in the sky because you can look all around you and see the vast surrounding French countryside beneath you.

We stayed at the Hostellerie du Vieux Cordes, and had an amazing dinner on the terrace at sunset. Loved the profiteroles for dessert!

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

The next morning I had a warm baguette, hot and fresh from the oven, with European butter and this stunning view of the French countryside below.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We spent a little more time exploring this beautiful, colorful town before hopping on our bikes and heading for our next destination. We found an ice cream shop with hazelnut, salted caramel, and Biscoff, so of course I had to try. ;)

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We rode through so many beautiful villages, with tons of stops to explore. It was like we had the entire village to ourselves.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We cycled through farms and countryside among shining golden wheat fields.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

On our final evening we came to the medieval city of Albi.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Albi was much larger than any of the other small villages we had previously been, but still relatively small, with a population of around 50,000 residents.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

In the picture of us above, we are standing on this bridge, built in 1035. It still stands nearly 1,000 years later.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

This was the panoramic view of the city from our hotel.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We visited the cathedral and of course found gelato along the way. ;) That’s the good thing about biking 25 miles a day. It makes ice cream taste so. darn. good. ;)

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We had a lovely last meal at La Table du Sommelier.

Summer Bucket List!! Biking through the French Countryside. (Click for travel tips and itineraries) Photo via The Global Trip

The next day Kevin headed back home to Alabama, and I hopped on a quick flight to meet up with my amazing friend Sommer for a fabulous girls week in the French Riviera.

First stop… Monte Carlo. :)

Until next time! xoxo


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Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Last month Kevin and I had the opportunity to spend a week biking around the south of France with Discover France, an award-winning tour operator specializing in self-guided bicycle tours to France for over 20 years. From June 22-26 we biked around the Midi-Pyrénées, where some of the most beautiful villages in all of France are located.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

I had never taken a “self-guided” trip like this before — normally Kevin and I plan out every single detail of our trips ourselves. We normally prefer it that way so we can do exactly what we want, whenever we want, without having to worry about staying with a group, etc.

This experience was a GREAT new (to us) way to travel — not to mention a huge stress relief and time saver on our part!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

With a self-guided tour with Discover France, you can choose your own dates of travel — you don’t have to wait until they offer a certain trip. You can go whenever you want! You can also travel with whoever you want — just by yourselves, with friends, etc. You don’t have to go with a group of strangers. Discover France has tons of amazing premade routes you can choose from, but they are also all fully customizable according to your interests. Just tell them what you want and they will make it happen! They take care of arranging all your accommodations and offer a number of hotel options to fit any budget. They’ll even transfer your luggage for you from place to place! You don’t have to worry about a thing. Plus if you ever need help, there is always a Discover France representative on call 24/7 for you.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Traveling with Discover France is like having your own personal travel agent / butler / ninja who handles every aspect of your trip, customizing everything to your personal preferences, while working quietly in the background — all you have to do is show up and enjoy! We loved it and I would definitely do another self-guided trip in the future.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Now you may be thinking, Oh my gosh, I am SO not in shape enough to bike around my driveway, let alone France! Especially when I tell you that on average we biked about 25 miles a day!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

But let me assure you, yes, you TOTALLY can. The secret? Discover France’s e-bikes! They’re electronic bikes! Now, they’re not like motorcycles or mopeds. If you don’t pedal, they won’t move. BUT, they make pedaling SO much easier. You can be going up a hill that goes STRAIGHT up — a hill that would be hard to even walk up — and it will feel like you’re just pedaling with ease on a completely flat street. When we got to steep hills, I MUCH preferred biking up them rather than walking. Biking was so much easier!! I didn’t even break a sweat or get remotely tired. It was just like I was spinning the pedals with no resistance at all. But I was flying past people who were struggling to walk up the hill, and they were looking at me incredulously like I must be in AWESOME shape. Hahahaha!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Honestly anyone of any skill or fitness level could have an amazing time biking through France on these e-bikes. They were actually easier than walking. We were able to cover so much more ground than walking, and at the end of the day, our feet or legs weren’t sore or tired at all. They also offer gel-cushioned seats so your booty doesn’t get sore either. I seriously want one of these bikes for all our traveling from now on!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

But now let me assure you, if you want a little exercise (to justify all the cream, cheese, and butter) the e-bikes are totally adjustable. You can turn them off altogether and it would be just like riding a regular 9-speed bike. There are also 4 different settings for the e-bike. You can get just a little help in Eco mode (level 1) or you can get a LOT of help (for those super steep inclines) in Turbo mode (level 4). It’s totally up to you! And of course if you’re a super awesome fit advanced biker, they have regular bikes too. ;)

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

The pace of riding a bike was the perfect way to experience the small villages and French countryside. We were able to cover so much ground. And since it was self-guided, we could stop as much as we wanted, whenever we wanted for breaks and photos. We didn’t have to worry about disrupting a group.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Discover France planned out an amazing itinerary for us. The bikes came with GPS devices with our maps pre-loaded, so all we had to do is get up and follow the new route for the day. Discover France transferred our luggage to the next hotel, so all we had to do was enjoy.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

One of the first villages we visited was Saint Antonin. We stopped at the first pastry shop we came to, Pâtissiere Tabarly, and picked up this strawberry tart with creme anglaise. We were dying over it. It was honestly one of the best things I have ever had. We were fighting over the last bite!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

One of my favorite things about all the little villages we stopped in is that usually we were the only other tourists there. It was like we had the entire village to ourselves to enjoy.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

And when we were riding through the countryside, we were treated to views like this.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

On our first day, we stopped for a picnic lunch at the Beaulieu Abbey in Rouergue.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Discover France had set up a beautiful array for us. (Yes, that is chicken wings you see on the middle plate there, lol!)

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We ate under the cool shade of a large tree.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

Such a beautiful view for lunch!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

I could not get over this ivy-covered abbey.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

After lunch, we rode on. Everywhere we turned there were fields, castles, and beautiful churches.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We saw cows, countryside, and quiet, gorgeous villages.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

So much beauty!

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We stopped for the night in Najac and explored this charming village perched high on a cliff above the Aveyron gorges.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

We followed the GPS straight to our hotel, where our luggage was waiting for us.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

This red flag with a yellow Occitan cross is the official flag of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

The next morning, we would get up and explore this royal fortress.

Summertime biking around the south of France... (Click for travel tips and itineraries)

But that would have to wait one more day. For now, after a long day of riding, we feasted on aligot, a local specialty, specific to the Aveyron and Midi-Pyrénées region of France. And oh my gosh, if you are ever in this region of France, you HAVE to order the aligot! :) It’s normally a winter dish, so they didn’t have it on the menu, but we were assured that every restaurant in this region would have it, so we asked and they made it especially for us. We were warned that it was a “heavy” dish, but we were up for the challenge. Aligot is mashed potatoes blended with butter, cream, crushed garlic, and melted cheese, and develops a unique, smooth, elastic texture. It’s almost fondue-like. It’s like nothing I’ve ever had before. I’m still dreaming about this aligot!

Click here to read part 2 of our biking adventure through France. :) Have a great weekend!! xoxo


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New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :)

The BEST homemade ice cream recipe ever. Only TWO ingredients and you DON'T need an ice cream maker!!!

Happy Summer!! This easy homemade ice cream is one of our most popular recipes of all time. I’m bringing it back today to celebrate National Ice Cream Month! It really is the easiest homemade ice cream ever. No cooking, no eggs, no churning, no machine needed. Just stir and freeze. It really is the creamiest ice cream ever. Plus you can create your own custom flavor by adding any toppings and mix-in you want. Such a fun summer treat.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with the EASIEST 2-Ingredient Ice Cream ever!

Click the title below to get the recipe:

Easy 2-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream Without A Machine

Enjoy!! :)


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