Tag Archives: Tour de France

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Le Tour De France – Part Six, Normandy & Brittany

Normandy & Brittany Thousands of years ago, the UK was attached to modern day France and although those land ties have long since been broken, a special bond and landscape similarity remains between Essex & Kent in England and Breton et Normandie en France. The fact that a Eurotunnel train only takes 35 minutes to link Folkestone […]

Hautvillers, Champagne, France

Le Tour de France – Part Five, Champagne

Champagne For Everyone There is more to the region than bubbly, with great cities built up on the wealth of the world’s favourite celebratory drink. The champers capital Reims, it’s smaller cousin Épernay and nearby Troyes are all must sees, as are the Champagne routes with their beguiling scenery, interesting villages and of course their mega rich chateaus. Reims is […]

Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France

Le Tour de France – Part Three, Avignon & Roman France

Continuing my alternative tour ideas in France utilising engine power, I am now turning my attention to Romanesque France…… Gaulish The two main cities that you can use as a convenient base to explore the Roman sites are Avignon & Nîmes, so let’s start there. Avignon The walled compact city of Avignon and it’s smaller, younger brother Villeneuve-lès-Avignon sit […]

Cannes, France

Le Tour de France – Part One, Côte D’Azur

Perhaps the toughest sporting event of them all, Le Tour de France, is now into its closing few days. Those precipitous mountain roads of the Alps & Pyrenees that they climb make me wince just thinking about them. Hopefully the sport is now totally drug free meaning the event truly is the ultimate test for a […]

Champagne Route, France

Le Tour de France – Stage Five

Champagne For Everyone There is more to the region than bubbly, with great cities built up on the wealth of the world’s favourite celebratory drink. The champers capital Reims, it’s smaller cousin Épernay and nearby Troyes are all must sees, as are the Champagne routes with their beguiling scenery, interesting villages and of course their mega […]

Riquewihr, Alsace, France

Le Tour de France – Stage Four

Alsace & Lorraine The region that has changed from being German to French on more than one occasion is now firmly part of France, albeit retaining a distinctly Germanic feel in many places. The best known and noticeably most Arian city is the diplomatic centre of Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament Building and the European Court of Human […]

Orange Amphitheatre, France

Le Tour de France – Stage Three

Continuing my alternative tour ideas in France utilising engine power, I am now turning my attention to Romanesque France…… Gaulish The two main cities that you can use as a convenient base to explore the Roman sites are Avignon & Nîmes, so let’s start there. The walled compact city of Avignon and it’s smaller, younger […]

Abbaye de Sénanque, Provence, France

Le Tour de France – Stage Two

Continuing my touring ideas for France, not by bicycle but by road and rail (see my stage one post for Côte d’Azur). Provence Also accessible from Nice, a better gateway is Marseille, especially as you can now get a direct train there from London. Marseille is very big and can be a little stressful, but still […]

Cannes, France

Le Tour de France – Stage One

Perhaps the toughest sporting event of them all gets underway today starting in Utrecht in the Netherlands, but soon starts to follow its more traditional routes in France. Those precipitous mountain roads of the Alps & Pyrenees that they climb make me wince just thinking about them. Hopefully the sport is now totally drug free […]