Summer holiday

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 21 August 2017

You will not be surprised to hear that, probably like a lot of you, I took advantage of the sparsity of official functions during August, to go away for a holiday. This year my family and I had a week of cycling in the south of France -which was an absolutely wonderful experience - see photos below. The younger members of the family made due allowance of the age difference and they were quietly patient when, instead of pedalling I resorted to pushing the bike up certain hills! I should not need to say that each day's hard work (we would do between 20-25 miles each day) was justly rewarded in the evenings by one or maybe two bottles of fine red wine.
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