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Tour de France in Lourdes

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPdP-Burgos, 2015)
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#1
The famous French bicycle grand prix will begin tomorrow's segment in Lourdes, France, and race through the Pyrenees of southwest France over the next few hours. The scenery the past few days has been spectacular and tomorrow promises to be more of the same.

Anyone who's started in Lourdes or walked the French Caminos may even recognized a few villages. As the Tour passed through one small town today, the announcers commented that it was an important spot on the Camino de Santiago. Sorry I didn't catch the name.

For those of us who began in St. Jean Pied de Port, the spectacular mountains are familiar-looking enough to bring back a flood of happy memories. Enjoy!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPdP-Burgos, 2015)
Camino Frances (Burgos-Sarria, 2018)
Sarria-Santiago (fall 2018)
#2
Aire-sur-l'Adour was the Camino village they passes through today.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#3
Aire-sur-l'Adour was the Camino village they passes through today.
Yep, on the way to Pau.
I have very fond memories of Pau because on my first Camino in 2009 me and my mom flew from London to Pau and then took the train to Bayonne and SJPdP.
Nice watching the Tour in Pyrenees especially when Slovenian cyclist (Primož Roglič) is 4th in overall standings :)
 

Chrisp

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: 2014
EPW: 2015
Portuguese Camino: 2016
TMB: 2016
Rota Vicentina: 2017
#4
I am currently walking the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome with my husband and the route passed through Arras. We were lucky to be there for the start of Stage 9 of the Tour de France. Very exciting
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPdP-Burgos, 2015)
Camino Frances (Burgos-Sarria, 2018)
Sarria-Santiago (fall 2018)
#9
@ritaj , I'm with you (sort of):p. I had never watched even 5 minutes of the Tour de France, ever, until my husband told me to check out the scenery earlier this week. I've been glued to my TV ever since, bailing out on things I had planned to do, getting up early in the morning to catch the pre-race commentary, worried about Peter Sagan's injuries, and cheering Julian Alaphillipe on to win King of the Mountain. Looks like next year it'll be three weeks out of my summer! :eek::D
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#10
As a film and TV director I think I'm kind of entitled to say that live coverage of Tour the France is one of the three best TV stuff in the world!!! That really is something. I know about the work the crew does "in the backstage". That's a shitload of preparation and everyday work. These guys really deserve hats off!
 

rappahannock_rev

Anglican Catholic Priest
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes, Burgos & SdeC 77 (by train); Frances 12, 15 & 17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes, Aragones 18
#11
I am currently walking the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome with my husband and the route passed through Arras. We were lucky to be there for the start of Stage 9 of the Tour de France. Very exciting
I commend to you Efren's video blog. I think you might well encounter him!

 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPdP-Burgos, 2015)
Camino Frances (Burgos-Sarria, 2018)
Sarria-Santiago (fall 2018)
#12
As a film and TV director I think I'm kind of entitled to say that live coverage of Tour the France is one of the three best TV stuff in the world!!! That really is something. I know about the work the crew does "in the backstage". That's a shitload of preparation and everyday work. These guys really deserve hats off!
Totally agree. The coverage was excellent, enjoyable, and highly informative. Although I am not a sports fan, my husband is a bit of a fanatic on certain sports and he thought the coverage was about the best he's watched. Kudos to everyone involved, including the behind-the-scenes crews who work incredible hours and do outstanding work.
 
#13
@ritaj , I'm with you (sort of):p. I had never watched even 5 minutes of the Tour de France, ever, until my husband told me to check out the scenery earlier this week. I've been glued to my TV ever since, bailing out on things I had planned to do, getting up early in the morning to catch the pre-race commentary, worried about Peter Sagan's injuries, and cheering Julian Alaphillipe on to win King of the Mountain. Looks like next year it'll be three weeks out of my summer! :eek::D
It's like OCD (Obsessive Camino Disorder) only it would be OTdeFD. I've got both. Sigh.
 

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