Year: 2010

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


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


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