Articles Tagged ‘Tour de France’

Velo-Vacation: Pedal Away This Holiday

Velo-Vacation: Pedal Away This Holiday July 1, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
As an avid cyclist, I’ve always dreamed of randonneuring: enjoying the countryside with nothing but my bike, a bit of luggage, and the occasional stop in the shade. I’m of course trapped in bill-and-retail hell, so getting away is a bit difficult for me, but anyone who’s done any long-distance...

Talk Like a Local: Le Tour de France

Talk Like a Local: Le Tour de France July 22, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Europeans are known for their creative use of language. When I was 8 and visiting Germany with my mother, her cousin Barbara drove us to Berlin for some sightseeing. Someone cut her off, and she yelled something explosive. “What’d she say?” I asked my mom. “She called him a toilet...

Champs Elysées: The Only Place in France to Finish

Champs Elysées: The Only Place in France to Finish July 21, 2009 | Paris | Read More
It is not at all odd in Paris and in France to see someone riding a bike and smoking a cigarette at the same time, in fact it is commonplace. It is hard to imagine that a city like Paris with its sophisticates, pack-a-day smokers and coffee drinkers could get so excited every year over a sporting event...