A long weekend cycling the Loire Valley
La Rochelle and to the South
Cycle tourism in France is becoming a massive industry. With a network of ‘greenways’ throughout the country you can now cycle almost entirely on traffic-free roads and paths.
The Vélodyssée - Part Two
We arrived in La Rochelle in a pretty upbeat mood. We’d left the chillier weather of Brittany behind and we were now on the Atlantic coastline where the sun was shining. La Rochelle is a lovely little port town steeped in history and has, over various time periods, been a strategic port city.
La Vélodyssée - An Atlantic Cycle - Part One
The overnight ferry arrived in Roscoff early the next morning and we were a little tired, hungover and hungry, but rather than stop immediately to fuel up, we headed in the vague direction of where the EuroVelo route started. The EuroVelo routes are a network of long-distance cycle routes which cover nearly every corner of Europe. Some, like those in France, are completed and offer some of the best uninterrupted, traffic-free, cycling in Europe. Others are still in development, but it’s a great initiative which is getting Europe moving.
Top-Five Summer Beaches (In the Northern Hemisphere)
I hadn’t always been a cyclist. And I definitely wouldn’t class myself as a proper cyclist even now. In fact, I was once so poor at cycling that not so long ago I had to be rescued by my friend’s dad on a route that could have been no longer than five miles, because my legs had gone. Looking back that’s pretty embarrassing. With that memory, at the time, relatively fresh in my mind, i’m not quite sure what encouraged me to quit my job and head off on at 1200km cycle down the western coast of France, but i’m glad I did.
A Long Weekend in Paris
Coming into the Summer season (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) I thought it would be a good time to compile a list of my favourite beach resorts. This is very subjective, so if you disagree i’d love to hear your recommendations too!
Tipping in France
It had been many years since I was last in Paris, so much so I couldn’t remember anything about it (I was a child and was camping and visiting Disneyland with family). But, it was basically on my doorstep living in London and I wanted to also experience the Eurostar. I’ve loved trains all my life and I think it’ the best way to go from place to place.
France isn’t a country that has a clear, set-in-stone gratuity culture. Yet, being one of the most visited countries annually, we’re going to explore the basics of how to get by in a country that takes food and wine as seriously as the Brits take their cups of tea.