Fréjus, France

Fréjus, France
Aqueduc Romain

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Biking the coast

When we arrived in Fréjus last fall, we got in as much beach time as possible before the weather changed. I took some kitesurfing lessons and swam as much as possible, but since then my main form of exercise has been biking (faire de vélo). My favorite bike ride is a 22-25 km ride along the coast to Agay and back.
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Leaving our Frejus Plage apartment I am on the coast in 3 short blocks. From there I head east along the Mediterranean as it takes me through St. Raphael, and past their 3 ports. It has some slight ups and downs, nothing serious, and takes me past great coastal views and a host of small inlets and beaches that will be great stops for a mid-ride swim once spring arrives. Of course, even when that happens it will take awhile for the water to warm up, the locals say May, but I bet I'll be swimming again before that :) There is also a war memorial in honor of Operation Dragoon that was part of the allied invasion of southern France in August of 1944.
Past that is my favorite little beach that I call "Tiki Plage" because of the Tiki restaurant right there on the beach. It is a beautiful eyelet cove with a narrow outlet to the Sea, perfectly calm for snorkeling and young swimmers like Irie. Shortly thereafter is the beautiful bay of Agay with its striking backdrop of red hills.
As you can see from the photos, it was a great day for a ride. Spring is coming.


William said...

Looks like a really nice ride. Spring is coming? Not here! 60 yeserday, most of the snow gone, but more coming starting Thursday. Maybe sping about May in Spring Lake.

Dad Browne

Norm said...

Rick, I hope you are locking up your bike when you are not riding

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Love the new camera meester. Miss you, your family and walking on that sand!



Ken said...

Hey Rick - it sounds like a good ride. I can appreciate buzzing along the coast and enjoying the sun, blue sky, and fresh sea air.

I now remember the word I wanted to use for inlet, its caleta. The thing is that its Spanish, not French! I think I'll be in trouble mixing my french with spanish and probably german....nobody will know what the heck I'm saying.

It will be great if I can rent our borrow a bike (or steal one per Norm) when I'm there.

See you soon.

Rick said...

LOL Ken!

Beautiful sunny weekend ahead. I look forward to posting on our weekend. Irie is staying here with Michelle and Abbie, and Lisa has no idea where I'm taking her. Neither do any of you :)

M. McKinney said...

That looks like an AWESOME ride. Sheesh I've got to get out of town!