It was one of our final days in Paris, and had been rather packed already. In the morning we'd ventured over to the Marais on a pilgrimage to Blé Sucré to try their famous madelaines, visited the Marche Bastille, and walked through Place des Vosges again. Then we went out to Parc Floral to see the legendary Hugh Masekala play at the Paris Jazz Festival. Home for dinner and our vanilla challenge.
|Oh my- beauties from Hugo and Victor, Patisseries des Reves|
and Pierre Herme.
|The surrounding streets were eerily empty|
Beaucoup des gendarmes of course.
But everyone was well behaved. Despite all the beer being sold from wheelie bins.
|Le Maillot Jaune!|
Why the leader wears yellow.
The final stage is always processional allowing the winner to rejoice in the moment. The riders do quite a few laps of central Paris.
|Still they really do fly by|
It was over all too soon! But I was there for the final moments of the 100th tour. And I got to walk home in the Paris twilight. Which is always a good thing.
Not fully up with Le Tour de France? Pas de problem! There are plenty of online resources to get you up to speed quickly. An interactive guide from The Age. Or Tour de France 101 from SBS (our Australian TDF broadcaster). It's an always fascinating spectacle. And a bike race seems to happen too.
A cute animation explanation