Month: August 2010

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Bicycling the Loire: The Challenge of the Unknown

By Maggie LaCoste Even the best-planned bicycling trip is certain to have unknown challenges that test your mental and physical resolve. Thursday was that day for me. I wanted to try out the new trail along the Indre River from Azay le Rideau to Chenonceaux, the Indre a Velo. I’ve biked along many river trails

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Bicycling the Loire: La Vallee Troglodyte des Goupillieres

By Maggie LaCoste Another highlight of my bicycling adventures on the Loire was my encounter with Louis-Marie Chardon, owner of the troglodyte farm located about 5km outside of Azay le Rideau. There is a small posted sign for the turnoff, one that you would probably never see if you were traveling by car. It looked

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Bicycling the Loire: A Perfect Breakfast in Chinon

By Maggie LaCoste The Hotel Diderot in Chinon is not only a charming hotel in a beautiful town, they serve one of the best breakfasts in the Loire region! The hotel makes 65 jams and usually about half of these are available for breakfast each morning. I had read about their jams, but somehow reading

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Bicycling the Loire: First Impressions

By Maggie LaCoste I have just one thing to say about my first day bicycling the Loire River: fantastic! I had so much fun today! Troglodyte caves, vineyards, Fontevraud Abbey, escargot, my first view of The Chinon castle, and the best shower I may ever have had. We bicycled almost 50km and it was nothing

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Bicycling in France: It’s Always So Difficult to Choose!

By Maggie LaCoste Choosing bicycle trip destinations in France is never easy!  I’ve been busy planning a biking trip in France for late August and choosing my final destinations was definitely not easy. I initially planned to cycle the 240km path along the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sete on the Mediterranean. Listed as