22 Jul 2012 Jardin du Luxembourg and Le Tour de France, Paris

Had breakfast with the others then arranged to meet at Pont de la Concorde. Jo, Sally and I strolled through the Luxembourg Gardens dodging joggers, staring at tai chi and martial arts classes, perusing wood sculptures and watching toy yachts sailing on the pond. It’s where Parisians go to relax. Not very relaxing for tourists! We walked towards the meeting place and found a street market in the Place de St Germain (I think). They had lovely French soaps and I bought a ring for myself!

Stopped for lunch (exotique salade) at a cafe close to Place du Palais Bourbon then met Kevin and Rhonda at the bridge meeting point. They had a good spot in the shade across from where the riders came up from underground. We saw them go past eight times right in front of us! Walked to find souvenirs but it was hard to get around the barricades. Stopped at the end of the Champs Elysees where the riders were doing a lap of honour (yet again). It took ages for them all to go past. Saw Cadel Evans with his baby (bit slow to take a picture though).

I lost the others so caught the train at Concorde back to Montparnasse and got ignored by the waiters at Cafe Montparnasse! Changed to Chez Berbert where they served a chicken tagine that was massive, enough for at least three then creme brulee. Mmmm yummy.

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