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Secret French Riviera



Secret French Riviera –

Betcha didn’t know there was one – right? Well no worries, because Da BG has got you covered on this French Riviera Secret.

The French know where it is. But, dazzled by all the attention that the non-secret French Riviera gets, most non-froggies would be blindsided.

Understandably, when you consider that for most folks from “over there” the French Rivera conjures up visions of sun drenched beaches, the Cannes film festival, spendy hotels, and that absolute essential of Riviera wonderfulness – designer shopping.

Now, while you can shop(as well as eat,drink and be merry) on the Secret French Riviera, it’s basic attraction is the same climate, minus the crowds.

Have I teased you long enough re: it’s location? Probably. Right? So, let me now spill the Secret French Riviera Beans.

It is: Le Drome. the department, to the North of it’s non-secret cousin.

And having the same climate, it abounds with apricots,almonds,wine and all manner of fresh fruit n’ veg and, bien sur, wine.

With incredible scenery, uncrowded backroads and laid back locals.

In short – a perfect spot for a photo/vido cycling workshop.

Which is why I, your non-snobby guide to French Food,Wine and unforgettable adventure, will be taking 8 lucky folks there to experience a authentic slice of Secret French Riviera Life this June.

Get the details here.

Get a taste of the Secret French Riviera in THIS VIDEO.



Bicycle Gourmet’s Loire Valley Cycling Photo Workshop


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Bicycle Gourmet’s Loire Valley Cycling Photo Workshop is one of three I will be offering this year. (Details on all three HERE.)

Da BG’s Cycling Photo/Video Workshop is a totally backroads adventure that will enable a small collection of fine folks(eight to be exact) to profit from the Loire valleys’ sights, sounds, food and wine.(Home to DA BG – BTW) While taking their photo/video prowess to the next level.

There is a reason – or to be more exact -reasons – that the Loire was the preferred playground of the French Kings.

The Loire Valley climate is moderate. Rarely with extremes. Agricultural products abound – manifesting themselves in an abundant gastronomic tradition. And, of course, the incredible wines complete the French Loire experience.

No – I haven’t forgotten the rich History. Actually, impossible. Because no matter which region of France you’re lucky enough to be in – you have History up the yin-yang. As I shared in THIS POST.

You’ll find a little “Loire Appetizer” in this video.

Details on all three workshops.


Bicycle Gourmet’s French Photo Tour Workshop 2020




Bicycle Gourmet’s French Photo Tour Workshop 2020 – guided, bien sur by DA BG is chock full of Photo Ops.

As a Professional Photographer, I can confirm that the beauty and variety of the French Landscape is nothing short of Awesome. With a capital “A.”

But France is much more than just Photo Ops. It’s History. Culture. Cuisine. Wine. Fashions. And most importantly – the incredible genuine hospitality of the French People.

That’s why every year – my other committments permitting – I cycle through the French Country backroads with 6 or 8 lucky Francophiles (never more) sharing the Treasures of France I know intimately.

These voyages of discovery go down in June, July and September. (NEVER August. The month all the French take their holidays!)

Here’s the skinny:

June – The Loire Valley.

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Ok, first of all, Da Bg lives there. That should tell ya something – right? And when, you experience the rich tapestry of this region, you’ll understand why it was the playground for the ancient Kings of France. Naturally we won’t neglect the marvy Chateau’s in which they cavorted – but “Da Bg Advantage” is my intimate knowledge of the tiny villages and off the beaten track spots – that are not in the guidebooks.


July – The Drome Provencal.

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This region, is just above(north) of the PACA(Provence Alps Cote D’Azur) region. It being too famous for the Riviera, Cannes, Nice, etc.

The main advantages of “le Drome” are that it has virtually the same climate as it’s way more crowded Southern neighbour,(and thus the same fruits and veggies), and is WAY less crowded. Plus dotted with picture postcard villages, filled with friendly (not picture postcard) people.


September – Vaucluse. Hilltop Villages in the Luberon National Park.



This one is “first among equals” for Da Bg – as I used to hang my (non-existant) hat there.

While the village of Gordes is the most over famous/touristated, there is much more charm (and fewer visitors) in the adjoining villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste ( Chateau of the Marquis de Sade – the original “tough love” guy) and Roussillon. Renowned for it’s ocre cliffs. And the dust from them. Prized by artists the World over.

All of this – in a National Park! What more could ya want?

The Nitty Gritty:

  1. I only do one tour per month.
  2. Prices vary each season. Due to those items I provide (accomodation/food/bike rentals, etc.) whose prices also vary each year.  Contact me for this season’s rates.
  3. There is no “singles supplement.”
  4. You arrive on a Sunday. Welcome meal on me. Then 10 days in the saddle. Goodbye meal(on me) on the second Wednesday. Thursday – you go home.
  5. Difficulty . A piece of cake (The Loire) to moderate (The Drome) to moderate with an occasional challenge. (Hilltop Villages)

Here’s how previous client’s rated “Da Bg Experience:”

“A truly incredible experience – on all levels. Photographic, senic and human. if you love france and photography, the bicycle gourmet has got your back!”

                                  Larry and Meg Evans, Beverly hills, CA.

“As brits who’ve visited France many times, we thought we’d seen it all. We were wrong! Very wrong. Our eyes, and our insights were opened wide by the knowledge and talent of Christopher Strong. He Shared his “Secret France” with us, and our small band of photo adventurers…leaving us with incredible memories and equally incredible images. We will be back!

                                 Nigel and Daphne Cavendish, London, UK

“What impressed us most about the Bicycle Gourmet’s Photo Workshop was his amazing knowledge of incredible  photographic locations, most of them not in any guidebook. This enabled even technically challenged photographers(like us!) to come away with images so fantastic, our friends couldn’t believe we took them. Christopher’s patience,accessibility, and obvious delight in sharing his love for France was contagious and very inspirational. Highly recommended!

                             Sven and Gudren Larssen, Stockholm, Sweden

What to do now:

Tell me what tour(s) you’d like, with preferred dates (and at least one alternate)- and we’ll go from there.

Contact me here : bgtof@yahoo.com, with “tours” in the subject line.

I reply personally to every mail.

Da Bg is Ready. France is Ready. Are you?

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