Year: 2011

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Experience France By Bike 2011 Best Places to Stay, Part II

By Maggie LaCoste Authentic French charm, incredible locations, welcoming hosts, good value.  These are common characteristics of my favorite hotels for the year.  Often simple by American standards, most of my choices are definitely not in the luxury category.  But all of the recommendations offer a unique French experience with great beds, and a unique

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Experience France by Bike 2011 Best Places To Stay, Part I

By Maggie LaCoste I cannot believe that it is already the end of the year!  This has been a very special year for me, with over 40 days of bicycling overseas, and many great experiences to report on my blog.  As I look back at my experiences of the year, one area that I never

Giverny By Bike, A Perfect Day Trip From Paris

Visiting Giverny by bike was one of my favorite adventures this year.  Being a great lover of Impressionist art, I had always wanted to visit the home and gardens of Monet. But even though Giverny is only one hour from Paris, getting there can be a challenge, especially if you don’t want to take a

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Best Options for Staying in Touch When Biking in France

By Maggie LaCoste If you plan to stay in touch with family and friends when you are biking in France, it’s a good idea to do some advance planning! Even though here in the USA you can always find an internet connection, many small towns and villages in Europe still do not have easy access

Thoughts on Cycling in Brittany

One question people always ask me about my cycling trips is, would I go back.  I’d definitely go back to Brittany.  While I’d been there several times before, this was my first cycling trip there.  There’s a huge difference!  We were blessed with extraordinary weather for the end of September–clear sunny days in the mid-80’s