Tag: chambord

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


Favorite France Bicycling Photos for 2011

By Maggie LaCoste Happy New Year!  I’m excited about the new year and new bicycling adventures, but I’m still savoring my adventures from 2011.  I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from 2011 with you, in the hopes that they might leave you with an interest to explore a French bicycling vacation of your


Bicycling the Loire: On the Road to Orleans

By Maggie LaCoste Few names evoke more reverence in this part of France than Joan of Arc, and today we head east for Orleans, the last destination of our biking adventure on the Loire.  From the pleasant village of Montlivault to St-Dye-sur-Loire to the medieval gem of Beaugency, we bicycled up the Loire toward the town that


Bicycling the Loire: Chambord to Blois to Montlivault

By Maggie LaCoste Even though it was a dreary morning, Chambord totally glistened with the first morning light. We walked around the chateaux this morning before any tour groups arrived. I am still as amazed at Chambord as I was the first time I saw it. Love it or not, Chambord is one incredible place.  Spending the night here was


Technology Enhances Bicycling Along the Loire

By Maggie LaCoste Imagine having your own personal tour guide with you as you bicycle along the peaceful roads of the Loire a Velo.  That’s the basic idea behind Cyclopedia, the first multi-media bicycling travel guide linked with a GPS.  Developed by the Office of Tourism of Anjou, Cyclopedia contains information on 33 sites along