La Grande Boucle

tour-de-franceThe Tour de France, that mythic bike race that crisscrosses France, turns 100 this year. Drug scandals aside, this is an athletic tour de force. The French Senate, which is located within the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, is marking the event with a display of 80 photographs on the black iron fence that encircles the garden.

ANQUETIL_POULIDORThe display, which simultaneously traces the history of the race and the geography of France, will be available until July 27, 2013. You’ll see the mythic winners like Boubet and the “eternal seconds” like Poulidor.

Tour de FranceThe race, also known as la Grande Boucle (lah grahnd bookluh), or “the big loop” for the way it encircles much of the French countryside – hills, valleys and everything in between, just the way the gold-tipped fence surrounds le Jardin du Luxembourg. For the first time in its history, this year the 2,175 mile (3,500 km) Tour de France will leave from Corsica.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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