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August 20, 2012 in France / (0) comments

Aug20
Machu Picchu, Peru

It’s a perfectly stereotypical French tale involving an August holiday, a famous artist, a renowned investigator and an ill-advised cigarette break. But before you cue Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme,” here’s the real story about how Mona Lisa was removed from the Louvre in Paris and how she remained missing for over two years. On August 22, 1911, the French… Read More

August 08, 2012 in France / (0) comments

Aug08
Machu Picchu, Peru

Paris is one of the world’s most acclaimed cities, with very good reason. Boasting over 100 museums, more than 30 parks and gardens, 20 Arrondissements, two contrasting banks and one legendary river, the City of Light certainly has no shortage of sights to see. In fact, even for a seasoned traveler, sightseeing in Paris can be a daunting endeavor. But… Read More

April 25, 2012 in Europe France / (0) comments

Apr25
Machu Picchu, Peru

The song muses, “April in Paris is a feeling no one can ever reprise.” If you’re after pleasant country lanes, rows of ripening wine grapes and an inviting, slower pace, you might change your tune. Fortunately both our Bicycling Bordeaux & the River Dordogne and our Burgundy: The Wine Route biking vacations offer extensions in the “City of Light.” So… Read More

February 27, 2012 in France / (0) comments

Feb27
Machu Picchu, Peru

Whether you’re looking for history, art, wine, fine dining or inspirational vistas, you’ll find what you’re after on a bike tour of Provence. Though the region is generally noted for its countryside, the tree-lined avenue of its capital, Aix, is sure to give travelers the characteristic sense of romance associated with southeastern France. Take some time to stroll along Cours Mirabeau,… Read More

Machu Picchu, Peru

We always appreciate hearing from our travelers and our recent Photo and Story Contest gave us an opportunity to review all sorts of amazing entries, both photographs and written word. The following essay was sent to us by VBT travelers, Robert W. and Nancy T. We loved reading their words so much that we thought we’d pass them along to… Read More

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