July 16, 2013
Day 6. Stage 16 Vaison la Romaine. Fun to watch the boys roll out!
On Tuesday we rode our bikes from our hotel in Violès to Vaison-la-Romaine to view the start of Stage 16. We saw the racers at the ceremonial podium sign in and we saw them depart for the stage. It was a very festive scene!
Afterward we did a really nice rolling ride around the vineyards. We had lunch at the street market in Vaison-la-Romaine overlooking the sites of Roman ruins. The vendor food at the market was absolutely incredible. We purchased fresh roasted chicken, several different kinds of olives, roasted red pepper, and a fresh pineapple for dessert. We ate sitting on the sidewalk in our cycle clothes/shoes with the passerby greeting us, “Bon appetit! Bon appetit!” Unbelievable. Sure beats my usual ride stops in the states at the Sheetz and the High’s convenience stores.
After lunch we climbed to Suzette where we had a cool beverage at a cafe and then we rode over to Gigondas before heading home. In the evening we attended a really nice free wine tasting in Gigondas and then we had dinner there (which in France always takes 3-4 hours). There is wine and great food everywhere. All amazing.
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