Year: 2011

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Would You Bike Across the Saint Nazaire Bridge?

By Maggie LaCoste I have gotten a lot a comments in the last day about a post I wrote about recent improvements to the bike lanes on the Saint Nazaire bridge.  Whether you have personally tried to cross the bridge on bike or not, everyone seemed to have gotten a good sense of the challenge

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Chambord by Bike from Blois, A Perfect Weekend Trip

By Maggie LaCoste Visiting Chambord by bicycle is one of the most exciting weekend adventures in the Loire, and perhaps in all of France.  Whether you take the train from Paris to Blois for a weekend of cycling, or you decide to spend several days of your Loire vacation bicycling, this route is certain to

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Bicycling the Loire: Choosing Hotels

By Maggie LaCoste Choosing where to stay along the Loire is a bit more challenging this year than last, primarily due to the fluctuating value of the US dollar versus the Euro. Because of this, I’ve taken a bit of a different approach in planning where to stay this summer. There are literally hundreds of

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Bicycling the Loire: My Choice for 2011

By Maggie LaCoste After a great deal of research and debate, the Loire River is my summer bicycling choice for 2011!  The two runners up were the Atlantic Coast veloroute, and the Canal du Midi, both of which lost out because of the timing of my trip–late July to mid-August. The Atlantic is too busy

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Bicycling the Loire: Summer Bike Festivals

By Maggie LaCoste June is the official kickoff of the summer festival season in France!  Music festivals, wine festivals, garden festivals, festivals of light at various chateaux, and even bicycling festivals have joined the mix.  If you are lucky enough to be near Saumur along the Loire in mid-June, be sure to check out the