Month: August 2010

Cycling in Burgundy: The Picnic Lunch

Somewhere between 12:00 and 12:30, the world in France stops as everyone enjoys lunch.  Whether in a big city, in the countryside, driving in a car, walking or bicycling, the work-day world temporarily stops as people rush home, to a local restaurant or to the closest picnic table to enjoy lunch with their friends or family. For

Cycling Burgundy’s Vineyard Trail

Bicycling the Vineyard Trail from Beaune to Santenay is an adventure to savor slowly, very much like the area’s premier wines.  The trail is only 22km long.  In a car, you could travel it in under 20 minutes, on a train, it is merely a blur.  I had visited the area before in a car,

Cycling in Burgundy: A Dream Ride Along the Canal du Centre

Less than a 20 minute train ride from the beautiful village of Beaune is a cyclist’s dream, a car-free path along one of Burgundy’s beautiful canals.  I accessed the pathway from the train station at Chagny and in less than 10 minutes, I was in heaven. Life doesn’t get much better than bicycling along a


Bicycling the Loire: A Sad Au Revoir for Now

By Maggie LaCoste I am so sad that my time biking the Loire has all too quickly come to an end, as there is so much more to see and do.  Unfortunately, new adventures along the Loire a Velo will have to wait for another trip.  My time here has left me eager to experience more


Bicycling the Loire: Just Like Family at Hotel La Rosarie

By Maggie LaCoste We arrived into Chenonceaux tired, and looking like we had just ridden 65 hilly kms on one of the hottest days of the summer!  But the greeting that we received  as we stepped into La Rosarie made us feel like we were long-lost family.  And that is how Laurant and Sophie and