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‘Chapeau’ to The Tour de France 

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer:

Last year when The Tour De France visited Provence I was down here on my own and still waiting for the boys to arrive from their rather epic cycle ride from Dartmoor to Sète.

I grabbed the chance to watch The Tour finish on the iconic Mont Ventoux, only for the summit finish to be scuppered by incredibly high winds – so I spent the day at Chalet Reynard rather under-dressed for the chilly, unseasonal weather!

…Continue reading here for Julie’s photos of their day (en famille) spent watching a stage of the 2017 Tour de France. For cycling fans, this event is certainly one of the most exciting to watch each year. For those who are not interested in the sport necessarily the visuals from each stage of the Tour de France will make you want to book a trip to France.

A few key details on the Tour de France:

  • The first tour was held in 1903
  • There were no races from 1939-47 due to WWII
  • The Tour is also know as “La Grande Boucle” – the big loop
  • The course covers roughly 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles)
  • Start date around July 1st, and the start location changes annually
  • There are 21 stages (segments) and a couple rest days for a total of 23 days
  • The Tour de France finished (always) in Paris on the 4th Sunday

Via:: Vaucluse Dreamer


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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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