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le Tour:
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Tour de France 2024

official website for le Tour de France
[also official website in French]


the cycling zone

la Vuelta a España, 2016 - let's climb!

La Vuelta 2016

giro d'italia 2018
il Giro d'Italia 2018 : Middle East meets West, climbing all the way

Giro d'Italia


TDF current and previous years, as seen by

New translation, the Magna Carta


new! Cathedrale Saint-Gatien at Tours  Cathedrale Saint-Gatien at Tours

Romanesque churches and cathedrals in south-west France updated: Romanesque churches and cathedrals in south-west France

 the perpendicular or English style of cathedral  Manchester cathedral

the fire at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris
the fire at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris
cathedral giants - Amiens and Beauvais

Stone tracery in church and cathedral construction illustrated
stone in church and cathedral construction

stained glass and cathedrals in Normandy illustrated graph

fortified churches, mostly in Les Landes

cathedral labyrinths and mazes in France
using metal in gothic cathedral construction

Germans in France
cathedral destruction during the French revolution, subsidiary page to Germans in France

Click for an introduction to cathedrals and stained glass in France.

on first arriving in France - driving
France is not England
paying at the péage (toll station)

Click for motorways and motorway aires in France.

Transbordeur bridges in France and the world 2: focus on Portugalete, Chicago, Rochefort-Martrou
Gustave Eiffel’s first work: the Eiffel passerelle, Bordeaux
a fifth bridge coming to Bordeaux: pont Chaban-Delmas, a new vertical lift bridge

France’s western isles: Ile de Ré
France’s western iles: Ile d’Oleron

Ile de France, Paris: in the context of Abelard and of French cathedrals
short biography of Pierre (Peter) Abelard

Marianne - a French national symbol, with French definitive stamps

la Belle Epoque
Grand Palais, Paris

Click to go to pages about Art Deco at

Click to go to 'the highest, longest: the viaduct de Millau'

Pic du Midi - observing stars clearly, A64
Carcassonne, A61: world heritage fortified city

Space City, Toulouse

the French umbrella & Aurillac

50 years old: Citroën DS
the Citroën 2CV: a French motoring icon

the forest as seen by Francois Mauriac, and today
Les Landes, places and playtime
roundabout art of Les Landes

Hermès scarves

Hèrmes logo

bastide towns
mardi gras! carnival in Basque country
country life in France: the poultry fair

what a hair cut! m & french pop/rock

Tour de France 2024

Le Tour de France: cycling tactics illustrated


Waiting at a mountain stage - the night before

Waiting for the Tour de France to zoom past starts the day before on a mountain stage.

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Waiting for the Tour de France - the morning of the race.

By the morning of the stage, every feasible parking spot on the road edge is taken, and there are parking lots in the pasture.

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How to encourage Richard Virenque, predicted winner of the spotty jersey for the seventh time.

How to encourage Richard Virenque, predicted winner of the spotty (polka-dot) jersey for the seventh time.

(Note the fantastic scenery and the crowds at 12.30, one and a half hours before the arrival of the publicity caravan.)

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Close-up of a road-painted encouragement for Richard Virenque, spotty jersey winner

Encouraging the leading hill-climber in detail! Road graffiti of this type is a major, tradition on the Tour. You will literally run across it all over France, many months after the Tour is a forlorn memory. One of the many ways to productively use your time, and to express your artistry, while awaitng the main event.

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Publicity caravan against the spectacular Pyrenées scenery.

The publicity caravan arrives, seen against the spectacular Pyrenées scenery.

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‘Gifts’ from the Tour publicity caravan.

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Bike cameraman who films for French teevisiion.

One of the bike cameramen, who film the race for French television.

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Jimmy Casper, making heavy weather of a 1517m high col.

Last man on the day's stage, Jimmy Casper, followed by one of his team cars.










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