Cycling Through Villages of France
What’s so great about France bicycle trips and really makes them such a memorable cycling experience? Well for many of us it is the absolute pleasure and uniqueness of bike riding through the villages of France. The beautiful town of Annecy holds a privileged position between France, Switzerland and Italy in the department of the Haute Savoie, where village life is just fantastic!
The opportunity to discover so many villages on just one bike ride is unbelievable. Each ride feels so unique and so entertaining to all your senses, France bicycle trips allow you to escape and immerse yourself in a different time and place each day. Modern living becomes some what boring, structured with very little changing, even the regular bike ride becomes normal.
Villages of France bicycle trips bring you back to life. The country roads allow for uninterrupted pedaling pleasure, interspersed with villages dotting the landscape. The village sign is approaching, take your time and roll through slowly, pass a ‘Bonjour’, and admire the traditions, the architecture of the buildings, if you’re as fortunate as we are…the local Mayor might even stop for a café with you and a chat!
After over 20 years of discovering the tiny villages in the Rhone Alps there are many favourites amongst the Grand Alps, the rolling French countryside, the Bauges National Park, our friends in the Beaufortain valley and our local communes around Annecy. Some of our favourites include Thones, Bellecombe-en-Bauges, Alby-sur-Cheran and Seyssel
There’s a commonality amongst these delightful Villages, you will probably hear it before you see it – The Church and its bell tower could be called the symbol of French village life. The bells are the voice of the community, the bells talk about weddings, baptisms, Easter, Christmas, funerals and special alerts. They call the village to wake, to pray, to work, to arms, to feast and, in times of crisis, to come together. Above all, bells are the sound of freedom and peace as in World War II they hung silently until the day they could ring in the peace.