Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel!

By Maggie LaCoste

I cannot believe that it is Christmas, 2012!  It was such a great year for bicycling in France with the debut of the major route, La Velodyssee in June, the expansion of many regional routes and an increasing trend of better online resources for people interested in cycling in France.  There are so many new and improved routes that I will definitely need to plan several trips to France in 2013 to explore them all!

Before I start planning for the new year, I thought I would share some of my favorite bicycling photos from 2012 with you.  Reviewing over 1500 photos from the year made me wish that I was packing my bags this week to leave for a bicycling trip in some warm climate, but for now, I will just enjoy my memories from bicycling in France in 2012!

Entering Bordeaux from the bicycle path

Canele at the Sunday Bordeaux market

St Martin de Re on the cyclist’s paradise of the Ile de Re

A view of La Rochelle from the port

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Bike path between Rochefort and Marennes

Marennes, the City of the Oyster

Aquitaine is a seafood lover’s paradise

The view from La Velodyssee near La Palmyre

La Velodyssee in the Charente Maritime

La Carrelet in Royan

A perfect picnic oyster

A rainy day in Vaux sur Mer near Royan

Our 20 Euro shelter from the storm near La Velodyssee

View of the Dune du Pilat at low tide in Arcachon Bay

Oyster farms in Cap Ferret

Cap Ferret lighthouse

The main square of St. Jean de Luz

Sightseeing near La Velodyssee at the Fort of Socoa

The view from La Velodyssee en route to Hendaye

The colors of low tide along the Atlantic Coast

The Rocks of Hendaye

Famous Bayonne ham

Foggy morning along the Anglet greenway near Bayonne

A favorite sign on the greenway along surfer’s alley

Along the River Nive in Bayonne

How can you possibly choose? Scenes from the St. Jean de Luz market

Basque specialties

A favorite view of St. Jean de Luz

A favorite memory of France

Hoping that you have a wonderful holiday season filled with thoughts of bicycling in France in 2013!






Posted 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.

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