I briefly mentioned in my last post that I went to France for a wee break, so I thought to expand a bit on that. I went on a fairly short notice: my brother had asked me and my boyfriend to come along with him about a month or two before, but it was unsure whether I would be able to come as it fell right in the middle of my resits. Luckily I passed all my exams, so I had a green light to go.
The majority of the trip fell in line with the Tour the France route: we had picked the third, fourth and fifth stages of this multi-day race as interesting stages to visit. The third stage was a hilltop finish in the northern reaches of the Ardennes, the fourth a stage on cobblestones crossing from Southern Belgium into Northern France, and the fifth a relatively flat stage in the Pas de Calais. As I realise that this is not a cycling blog, I have good news for those readers who happen not to be interested in cycling: the stages took me to some of the prettiest places in Northern France and Wallonia.
|Mural in Huy|
|Cobblestones: the holy ground of spring cycling|
|This was last year. The weather was a lot better this time.|
|At the finish line|
|This jersey (and complimentary umbrella) were the best of the loot in Arras|
|Waiting for Vincenzo Nibali|
|My brother with Prudhomme|
|Park in Amiens|
Hope you have a great weekend! I'll be back with crafty content in a couple of days!