Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Tour de France highlights

The blog has been a bit quiet as we have spent a few nights away from home on a cycle themed break. First stop (after dropping Mum, Dad and Ed at the station to make their way to UK) was the city of Tours in the Loire, our base for the night and where we caught up with some Tour de France action. Here are some photos of the publicity caravane, which is a real carnival atmosphere, the cyclists themselves and our evening in the lovely city of Tours.

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries
At the 1km to go marker

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries caravanne LCL
The caravane begins

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries caravanne LCL
The LCL Lion

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries caravanne Cochonou
Cochonou saucisson 

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries caravanne PMU
PMU BIG HANDS

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries caravanne PMU
My hands - very useful when you have arrived by bike

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries caravanne
More booty to try to get back to the hotel

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries cyclists Mark Cavendish Chris Froome
Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome at the 500m to go point

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries Beer
An evening beer in the city of Tours

Tours old town Tour de France French Village Diaries
Tours old town, a very pretty little square

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries Courtepaille
A Tour de France themed dinner at Courtepaille
The Courtepaille Grill chain of restaurants are the official 'grillade' of the Tour de France. They have a publicity team handing out vouchers and games in the caravane, their staff wear Yellow Tour T-Shirts, their menus are yellow and #TDF themed and even their terrace umbrellas match the colours of the winners jerseys. As we had picked up a few 'buy one get one free' vouchers we thought it appropriate to eat there in the evening and we weren't disappointed. We had a delicious steak and chips, the perfect energy packed meal for the night before our own cycle tour along the Loire river. The restaurant and our hotel were on an out of town estate and also happened to be where many of the caravane, press and other Tour officials were also staying, which just added to the party atmosphere of a very exciting day.

Tours Tour de France French Village Diaries Courtepaille caravanne
The Courtepaille floats staying in the hotel next door