Monthly Archives: November 2022

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Five

June 9 – 14 At 34 miles and about 600 feet of climbing, this would be the longest day of the three of riding.  Our destination would be the small town of Villandry, chosen simply because the distance was just about right for the day and there is a chateau there that Joanna could visit.  […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Four

June 9 – 14 After another hearty breakfast at the hotel, we packed up our bags, checked out, and then walked just down the block to Detours de Loire, the company I would be renting a bike from.  In addition to the rental, they would be transferring our bags from stop to stop.  We’ve embraced […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Three

June 9 – 14 We had some time to relax at the bus stop before its arrival, and then a ride of 20-minutes or so before landing at Château de Chambord for the rest of the afternoon.  We walked from the bus stop to the entrance to pay our entry fee of 14-euros apiece, the […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Two

June 9 – 14 Because of its history, the Loire Valley is home to more than a thousand castles and palaces of all shapes and sizes.  When a “valley address” became a must-have among 16th-century hunting-crazy royalty, rich Renaissance palaces replaced outdated medieval castles.  Hundreds of these castles and palaces are open to visitors, and […]