The coverage of the Tour continues, with magnificent coverage. There are closeups in the peleton, cams on bikes, helicopters and motorcycles. Today one of the guys on motorcycle talked about the rules and dynamics of being on the road. Sudden stop, you are a lawn dart.
The heat has hit them. They’ve have temps of 100F. And now they are going to to the Alps.
All along the way, they show beautiful shots of churches and abbeys and castles. Very often when they describe the view they have to name the Blessed Virgin along with many saints.
What got my attention yesterday, is that the Tour crossed over the bridge built into the ancient Roman aqueduct near Nimes. And, yes, there were great shots of the amphitheater. These are from yesterday, but today they were also at the aqueduct on the way to Gap, in Provence. So beautiful.
It’s the first time, if you can believe it, when they’ve crossed the river here!
This three-tiered structure, about 2000 years old, is the highest of those remaining.
I won’t write about today, since maybe you haven’t seen the results.
It has been great watching the Frenchmen in the lead. Sagan continues to impress. My affection for Astana hasn’t waned, in despite of their lack of shining. One of their guys dropped after a crash. 15 teams have not had a stage win, while Jumbo has had several!
These broadcasts are so well done. The commentary is great and they show superb landscapes and architecture, very favorable for the Church. It is a great “tour”.
The beauty of Provence moves me perhaps to watch again the great films of the books by Marcel Pagnol starting with La Gloire de mon père – superb – US HERE – UK HERE These are beautiful films which, in a way, remind me of how I spent my own summers (including the touches of undeserved and eventually reserved anti-clericalsim – hey, it’s French!).
A shot from the terrain today of the route and from the area where the movies would be. I can almost feel the heat and hear the cicadas and languorous music.
It’s a shot of the mountains of the Suze. Up to 6000 ft.
And if you have never had Suze you are in for a treat! I’ve introduced numerous friends to this fine apperitf and it has always become a favorite. I first had it with my good friend Fr. Alain, a seminary companion, after visiting Le Barroux.
Serve on ice with a generous sliver of lemon zest.