We have been watching the Tour de France and remembering our trip to Nice, France last year to view one of the legs of the Tour. France was never on my radar – I know – weird. I’m so happy we went because it didn’t disappoint and we find ourselves longing to go back. Our primary purpose was to experience the Tour de France – a bucket list experience for my husband.
Now when we watch we have an idea of what is going on behind the scene. Frankly, I’m not thrilled with watching hours of bike riding and commentators (we dvr – best invention), but having been to a leg of the Tour, it puts everything into perspective. I still find it nuts how close fans are to the riders – it is just insane. These riders are going so darn fast and literally people can ruin a riders stage. I couldn’t believe how close some of the spectators were to the riders this year in London – yikes – too close for comfort. I covered my eyes a few times.
And the spectators turning their backs on the riders to get a selfie – oh my goodness, INSANE! Just not safe! We took pictures, of course while we were there, but I’m pretty certain we would not have turned our back on a peloton going over 45 mph. Yikes!
At any rate, it truly is an amazing sport and the production behind the scenes to get this event up and running is spectacular. It will always be remembered fondly. I even hear from my son and husband they’d like to do it again. We shall see…I enjoyed it for sure, but there is a lot more world to see.
I have to say we loved the people in this region, very warm and helpful. Every night we stopped at this café for pastries and treats and answered questions from the locals. This one young lady was particularly lovely and I hope one day she can visit America to fulfill one of her bucket list items. And the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.
The one single thing I will always remember is the Mediterranean Sea – it was glass like while we were there, so calm and blue. The beaches were rocks, no sand unless a resort brought it in for a private beach. So next time we go we will bring our Teva sandals. The rocks were not sharp, but if you are not use to walking on rocks it can be slow going.
We loved our short time in Nice.
All the best,