Even if you're not a fan of bicycle racing, how can you not enjoy the beautiful vistas and overhead views of France's sites?
On Tuesday (July 9) and Wednesday, the tour will be in Brittany and Normandy. So, as part of Paris In July I thought I'd take you OUT of Paris and to the area of the Tour.
Here is St. Malo -- a charming walled city in Brittany. You can see it best from the Marina outside the walls.
I posted in depth about St. Malo HERE. It's a sea town, with links to Chateaubriand and Cartier. Pirates abounded and is surrounded by ramparts.
In World War II, the town, including its beautiful church, were seriously damaged when the U.S. bombed the city, which was a Nazi stronghold.
Here in America, they would be likely to view the bombed out site as a potential shopping mall or village of houses made of ticky-tack that all look just the same.
Not in France. Proud of its heritage, it rebuilt St. Malo as it was before.
The tour will ride through the Brittany countryside.
Perhaps they will see sites such as this beautiful windmill amidst a field of rapeseed.
On Wednesday, the Tour will arrive .at the famed Mont Saint Michel, which I wrote about HERE.
This is another "walled city" in its way. There are people who actually live in this mountain of rock that is also the home of an abbey.
And you can see how it would be a mighty fortress. When the tide comes in, you are there, whether you want to be or not! The views were dazzling!
Lots of rocks. LOTS of steps. (Let's just say, I sent my PT a postcard from here, thanking her for getting my knees in shape to handle it!)
I especially loved the potager. I could envision monks growing their veggies and preparing them.
Of course we saw it on a mostly rainy day -- but the sun did shine...
...and we did play.
Please visit other blogs focusing on France this month as part of Paris In July. You can find links at Thyme for Tea or Bookbath.