All posts by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.


New Bicycling Routes Added in Loire River Valley

Just in time for my upcoming bike trip to the Loire River Valley, two new bike routes have opened up.  The new Indre a Velo itinerary links the south of Tours, Loches, Azay-le-Rideau and Montbazon with the Loire.  The trail winds its way along the Indre River valley for over 100 km, offering quiet rides


Discovering Wine, Macarons and Friendship in St. Emilion

By Maggie LaCoste Arriving into St. Emilion by bike is an experience to savor:  lush rolling hills, vineyards as far as the eye can see, medieval houses and ramparts, cobblestone streets, picture-perfect piazzas.  A photo couldn’t quite capture the amazing beauty of the landscape, so I just stopped along the way to enjoy the experience.


Market Day in Sarlat

By Maggie LaCoste Market day in Sarlat is like the 4th of July for the senses:  brilliant colors, the sounds of local school bands, the intoxicating smell of fruit, lavender and herbs, samples of cheese, foie gras and walnut cake that beg to be taken home. With new adventures around every corner and alley way,

What’s So Special About Cycling In France?

Of all the locations in Europe to plan a cycling trip, why choose France? It’s not just the food, the wine, the history, champagne, beautiful villages or the weekend markets, although these definitely enhance the choice. Above all these things,  France is simply a paradise for the recreational cyclist, making it the ideal bicycling destination.

Defining Adventure

Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing”.  Can you imagine a totally blind woman describing her life in the dark as an adventure?  I have learned from Helen Keller that “adventure” can be defined in many ways. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too can