Month: July 2011


Bicycling the Loire: Angers to Saint-Georges-Des-Sept-Voies

By Maggie LaCoste It is a beautiful day here in Angers! We are off for our first day of biking on the Loire. Since we already had the chance to explore the bike paths south of Angers, we opted to take the new eastern route through the slate quarry near Trelaze. This route to the


Bicycling the Loire: Bonjour From Angers!

By Maggie LaCoste Bonjour from lovely Angers! This is a great town, an interesting study in contrasts: a thousand year old fortress and a state-of-the art month old tram system. The town is surrounded by vineyards and has some of the Loire’s best wines. Lucky for us, there are plenty of well-marked bike trails for

Best Cycle Paths Near Bordeaux

If you’re planning a trip to Bordeaux, consider adding a weekend of cycling to your itinerary.  You won’t be sorry!  Bordeaux is an extremely bike-friendly city, which is quite understandable since it’s the gateway to the unbelievable Atlantic Veloroute, La Velodyssee! There are many itineraries you can ride right from Bordeaux or others you can


Technology Enhances Bicycling Along the Loire

By Maggie LaCoste Imagine having your own personal tour guide with you as you bicycle along the peaceful roads of the Loire a Velo.  That’s the basic idea behind Cyclopedia, the first multi-media bicycling travel guide linked with a GPS.  Developed by the Office of Tourism of Anjou, Cyclopedia contains information on 33 sites along


Bicycling the Loire: My Itinerary and Hotel Choices

By Maggie LaCoste Panic has mildly started to set in as I realize that it is less than two weeks until I leave for France!   I’ve heard from a number of you who are also busy planning trips for late summer and fall, and there’s been a lot of interest in my hotel choices