Another day of rain, but at least there was a day off afterwards for me to dry off. I managed to find a bike shop around the corner and reattached my rear brakes, so it was time to roll. The tailwind pushed me the whole time and the route was pretty much a straight line. I followed the D940 highway, which had plenty of signs and cycle paths along the way.
I arrived at the hostel soaking wet, but after showering and wringing out my clothes, I set out to buy a new phone and do some sightseeing. I found the cheapest smartphone, a Rise 30 for €50 and I was excited to be online again. It’s slow but it works well enough to keep me going. It was nice to have music to listen to and sort out all my logistics for the week.
At the top of the city is a fortified town, the area was mentioned 2000 years ago, but the walls were built in 1200 and they’re perfectly intact. On the inside, there are loads of beautiful buildings and some little gardens in the open squares.
The Cathedral of Notre Same is massive (which is why I couldn’t take a photo of the whole thing) and four months ago they opened the crypt below it for public viewing.
It was pretty cool being underground and seeing the artefacts in each of the rooms.
I was pretty exhausted from walking around, so I headed back early for dinner and some rest. The next morning I went back to town to check out the markets and see a few more sights before it rained again. The 13th century castle in the fortified town is currently a museum, with items from all over the world.
After this point, cameras weren’t allowed, so you’ll have to take my word that there was plenty of other cool stuff to see. I ventured around town for a bit and tried to get some errands done before it rained. I managed to get caught in the downpour after buying five bananas and trying to cycle with them under my arm. They ended up totally beaten up, so tomorrow’s snacks will be a bit unappetising.
I spent the afternoon catching up on the blog, which was painfully slow. The Paris post took two hours, so I’ve learned to be much more patient with the rest of the posts. For dinner I treated myself to some mussels and I had no idea the whole pot was one serving. It was cooked in the Spanish style with chorizo, tomatoes and onions.
I was very full and slowly cycled back to the hostel, looking forward to a good night of rest.