Tag: bicycling in France

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Planning a Bike Trip to France

  Planning a bike trip to France for the first time can be a daunting experience.  I remember the first one I planned.  It was before e-mail and before most hotels had web pages, so all of my reservations for hotels was done via fax.  The only resources for hotels were travel books and a

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Are Guided Bike Trips to France Worth It? A Look at the Alternatives

By Maggie LaCoste One of the first decisions to make when planning a bicycling vacation to France is whether you want a guided, self-guided or “on your own” trip.  The alternatives are as different as day and night, so you need to evaluate each, and determine which option gives you the features you are looking

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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.

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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,