Month: August 2011

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Bicycling the Loire: Chocolate and Chambord

By Maggie LaCoste Days just really don’t get much better than this! Today is the day we bike to Chambord. We skipped it last year, but this year it was on the top of my Loire to-do list. People either love or hate Chambord. I decided it was time for me to make my own

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Bicycling the Loire: Wine Tasting and The Picnic Lunch

By Maggie LaCoste No Internet yesterday, so I am a day behind on my posts! As much as it bugs me when I can’t access the Internet, I am really happy to know that there are still places that the information highway doesn’t exist! So here is my report on our ride from St-Ouen-les-Vignes to

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Bicycling the Loire: Vineyards and Troglodyte Caves

By Maggie LaCoste After a perfectly wonderful night at La Rocheliere in Vouvray, we are off to explore the Route des Vignobles Touraine Val de Loire, the route through the vineyards. Since this route is a deviation of the main Loire a Velo itinerary, we are using the map Velo Loire and Terroir which goes

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Bicycling the Loire: Langeais to Villandry to Vouvray

By Maggie LaCoste Langeais is definitely one of the most under rated towns on the Loire. It doesn’t even rate a mention in most guidebooks, but after my short stay here, I can say it is definitely one of my favorites! Charming, meticulously clean, bursting with fresh flowers everywhere, very welcoming residents and one spectacular

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Bicycling the Loire: New Friends, Majestic Castles and Perfect Bike Paths

By Maggie LaCoste Life just really doesn’t get much better than our journey today on the Loire.  The day began in one of my favorite towns, Chinon.  I’m always amazed when I walk the street of Chinon near the castle as I know that I am walking on or near roads that Joan of Arc