Tag: Detours de Loire

My Favorite Loire River Cycling Itineraries, Part II

I hope that the first installment of this two part series has you seriously considering taking a trip on that part of the Loire this year. You may want to wait until you read this post. I’m not sure which of the two itineraries is my favorite. I love them both!  In a perfect world,

Cycling in France: Quality Bike Rental Becoming Easier

Finding a reputable place to rent a quality bike is one of my first steps in planning a trip to France.  Fifteen years ago we always took our own bikes to Europe.  It was inexpensive and necessary, as there were very few places back then to rent bikes.  Since September 11, transporting bicycles overseas has

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Chambord by Bike from Blois, A Perfect Weekend Trip

By Maggie LaCoste Visiting Chambord by bicycle is one of the most exciting weekend adventures in the Loire, and perhaps in all of France.  Whether you take the train from Paris to Blois for a weekend of cycling, or you decide to spend several days of your Loire vacation bicycling, this route is certain to

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Bicycling the Loire: My Choice for 2011

By Maggie LaCoste After a great deal of research and debate, the Loire River is my summer bicycling choice for 2011!  The two runners up were the Atlantic Coast veloroute, and the Canal du Midi, both of which lost out because of the timing of my trip–late July to mid-August. The Atlantic is too busy

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Save Money and Worry, Rent a Bike in France, Part 2

By Maggie LaCoste A good shopper is an informed shopper, so it’s important to know what to look for in a rental bike in France.  As mentioned in my previous post, I prefer hybrid or all-terrain bikes, and find that they are more than worth the premium cost.  Most of the rental agencies in France