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23 to 24 July 2016

23 July

Today was our normal morning of going to the grocery store and running errands. We also went over to Castorama to get a mop (great joys of being a grown up) and pots for our plants since we are trying to have a little bit of a garden on our terrace. I also did some shopping, with the soldes still going on and Jer got his haircut, which is now his bi-weekly ritual.

We had a small lunch and watch a little bit of the Tour de France to try to figure out who was going to be the champion riding down the Champs-Elysees. We then headed out for more errands including Decathlon to get sneakers and workout clothing followed by Longchamp to buy a bag for travel before all of the Soldes ended.

We retired at home for some rest and relaxation as we knew we would be outside for most of the day tomorrow.

24 July

Today we went to watch the final stage of the Tour de France.

We took our time in the am getting ready aka dragging our feet. We headed over to the Champs-Elysees to watch the crazy cyclists.

First was the women’s race or La Course. This was only on the Champs and did not have other stages.

Then came the caravan, which is where all the sponsors have vehicles to promote their products. Only problem was the were no free samples. What boggles my mind, is that this caravan goes before the bikers in every stage. Sounds like a fun summer job to support Le Gaulois (chicken company) and drive around France and party.

Then came the actual Tour de France. There had to be over 200 bikers. See for yourself below:

A few of the groups in the caravan
The lead group of riders coming by

We were not at the finish line but watched the bikers to the end. What an awesome experience!

-Kasey

Things I learned this week:
1) Biking on cobblestone is no joke
2) I will never be a professional cyclist
3) If I were in college, I’d join the caravan
4) I miss air conditioning
5) But I’ve learned to always be in a constant state of sweat

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