France Travel Tip: Understanding Chip Cards And Why Your Credit Card May Not Work

It’s 6:30 pm on a Sunday evening.  We’re driving on the A-7 in France direction Orange where we will begin our fall bicycling vacation to Mont Ventoux.  We’re almost out of gas. We stop at a large service station which was pretty deserted on this Sunday night.  We get some snacks and then pull up […]

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Provence’s Vaucluse Region Perfect For Year-Round Bicycling

The Vaucluse Region is one of my top 5 bicycling destinations for the summer, or anytime of year, perhaps except when the Mistral winds are blowing!  Whether you are a very experienced cyclist looking to challenge Mont Ventoux, a weekend cyclist not afraid of some minor hills, or a recreational cyclist interested in leisurely experiencing […]

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Bicycling For A Cause in France

By Maggie LaCoste I get a lot of interesting e-mails from people describing upcoming cycling trips to France, but none have made an impression like a recent note from Phill Eaglin.  Phill Eaglin is a resident of Harrogate England, and he is about to embark on one major adventure.  On May 18 he will begin […]

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Experience Paris to Mont Saint Michel By Bike On The Veloscenic

By Maggie LaCoste Whoever thought of creating a bicycling itinerary sandwiched between Paris and Mont Saint Michel was a genius!  The Veloscenic is one of the newest cycle routes in France, offering spectacular sightseeing across 4 regions including the Ile-de-France, Centre-Val de Loire, Pays de la Loire and Lower Normandy as well as 8 departments. […]

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Bike Rental Options for Summer Travel in France

I’m pretty picky about bikes that I rent when I travel.  Rightfully so.  If you’ve ever been stranded with a flat tire and a bad replacement inner tube in your rental-supplied repair kit, you know exactly what I mean!  As a result, I’m partial to bike rental companies that are owned and operated by bike […]

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