Year: 2015

What Makes France The Perfect Cycling Destination?

Exactly what is it about France that makes it my favorite bicycling destination in Europe? Can there be that many unique factors that make a French cycling vacation any better than one in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Switzerland?  There are castles in Germany, abbeys and grand cathedrals in England, charming villages along rivers in Austria,

Planning A Cycling Trip From Bordeaux To Saint-Emilion

If you’re planning a trip to Bordeaux for the upcoming year, why not plan an overnight or longer bicycling trip to the gorgeous wine village of Saint-Emilion?  It’s an easy adventure to plan, and it’s certain to be a highlight of any trip to France! This bicycle-friendly wine wonderland is located just 40km northeast of

2016 Tour de France To Begin At Mont-Saint-Michel

While close to a year away, the 2016 Tour de France is already destined to be one of the best ever, beginning and ending at two of the most popular tourist attractions in France!  The Tour will begin on Saturday, July 2 at the base of the spectacular Mont-Saint-Michel and will end 23 days later

Cycling in Paris: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

I hate traffic, crowds and congestion. Not surprisingly, Paris, or any large city would be one of the last places I’d ride a bike. Just the thought of trying to maneuver a bicycle in and out of traffic with buses behind and in front of me, people and cars coming from all directions makes me

Grand Saint Michel Hotel In Chambord Closed For Renovations

One of my favorite hotels in the Loire region is closed for extensive renovations and won’t reopen until sometime in 2017.  The Grand Saint Michel Hotel is located next to Chambord, the largest and most spectacular castle in the Loire River Valley. To spend the night here in one of the rooms overlooking Chambord is