Tag: vineyards


What To Do On A Rainy Day In Saint-Emilion

By Maggie LaCoste Day 4 of the rain. We decided to not let it deter us since we leave here for Languedoc tomorrow.  Don’t know if others would do the same, so am sending along some ideas of things to do on a rainy day(many of which I also did today)! 1. Linger at breakfast,


Tasting The Wines of France At Vinexpo in Bordeaux

By Maggie LaCoste When I discovered that my short stay in Bordeaux would coincide with Vinexpo, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to attend and learn more about French wines for my new guidebook series.  Although the show is only open to wine trade professionals, I had the opportunity to attend


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


Bicycling the Loire: Deviations = Hills!

By Maggie LaCoste I’m going to blame today’s start to the Romans! Near the great little town of Gennes there are a lot of Gallo-Roman ruins: an amphitheater, an aqueduct and baths. Being a great fan of Roman history, it seemed normal to want to see these ruins, but that meant deviating from the river


Bicycling the Loire: My Itinerary and Hotel Choices

By Maggie LaCoste Panic has mildly started to set in as I realize that it is less than two weeks until I leave for France!   I’ve heard from a number of you who are also busy planning trips for late summer and fall, and there’s been a lot of interest in my hotel choices