Tour de France!


Well we’ve been going, going, going and would have probably taken a break today if it wasn’t the Tour de France.  My brother-in-law Jimmy love biking and racing and we knew we needed to get some pictures of the iconic race for him (and we figured we’re in Paris and it would be a shame to miss one of the most famous sporting events in the world).  So we made our way down to St. Germaine, guzzled some pizza quickly and walked all along the race course up to the Champs Elysees.  We saw some sights along the way:

Some Slovak fans!

Some Slovak fans! This ones for you Marty!

LiveStrong area where people could write things in yellow chalk.

LiveStrong area where people could write things in yellow chalk.

Some messages were pretty and sweet.

Some messages were pretty and sweet.

And some weren't.

And some weren't.

We even got trapped at one point on our journey.  The route was barricaded along the entire walk and we got trapped at a bridge and would have had to retrace our steps until we found a way out that involved climbing a wall, walking down broken steps, illegally jumping onto a chained up ladder and other chaos but it was fun.

Scotty scaling the wall in order to get to the Race!

Scotty scaling the wall in order to get to the Race!

Once we got to the Champs it was packed.  Seriously packed.

Champs Elysees

Champs Elysees

This meant we had a hard time finding a spot where we could get some good photos.  Then I spotted the following spot.

On a planter, holding onto the structure that keeps up the shade covers - not comfortable but a good vantage point.

On a planter, holding onto the structure that keeps up the shade covers - not comfortable but a good vantage point.

And then the waiting began.  And continued.  And so I took pictures of people.

A proud American fan.  There were tons of Americans at the race - I think hear more Americans than French people!

A proud American fan. There were tons of Americans at the race - I think hear more Americans than French people!

A British Fan

A British Fan

My handsome Scotty.

My handsome Scotty.

Parents carrying their children.

Parents carrying their children.

The Nike Store

The Nike Store

This little kid was taking his job of photographer very seriously.

This little kid was taking his job of photographer very seriously.

Checking out the world from her daddy's shoulders.

Checking out the world from her daddy's shoulders.

At this point I’d been standing on the edges of that stupid planter for over an hour and was getting a bit antsy.  Thankfully the action was about to start.  I took a ton of pictures and then Scotty took a bunch and then I took some more and I know that all of my dear readers are not big biking fans so I’m linking to a slide show.

Tour de France Slideshow

Tour de France Slideshow

If you just click on the picture above it will take you to a slideshow with all the race pictures.  Sadly Scotty and I don’t really know a lot about this race so if anyone sees something cool in the pictures, let us know!  Thanks.  You can also view the pictures on our Flickr page.

Following the race we met up with our friend Jamie down at Shakespeare and Co.  We grabbed some kababs and falafal and watched a gorgeous sunset on the Seine.  It was a great day!

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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