Riding a bicycle around France during July sounds like an idyllic way to spend a few weeks during the summer. Visiting different regions of the country while on a leisurely ride through vineyards and sunflower fields seems like a fun pastime in which all French gentlemen should aspire to participate at least once during their lifetime. To top off the two-wheeled vacation, there would be a small prize for the first man to return to Paris. .... This was the illinformed impression of the Tour de France that the author had gained while studying French at high school on the other side of the world. Some twenty years later he began to discover that his pre-conceived notions of the event were removed from reality by a large distance - over 3,000 kilometers in fact Nevertheless, the author was eager to discover whether it was still possible to enjoy the Tour de France in the way he had visualized it as a youngster. Substituting a campervan for a bicycle, he decided to follow the riders for three weeks with the aim of enjoying the race while simultaneously taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of France. This book tells the story of his quest.
Author: Steve Banner Publisher: Banner Business Services Published: 02/05/2015 Pages: 204 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.53lbs Size: 8.50h x 5.51w x 0.43d ISBN: 9780986434105
About the Author Steve Banner fell in love with all things French at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the language at school. He was born and raised in Australia and long harbored an unrequited ambition to visit France. In the years since he made his first trip in 1989, he has returned numerous times. He now lives in Texas in the US, where he is a writer, editor and lifelong Francophile.