Tour de France

Tour de France

As the Tour de France 2015 just ended, with the British Christopher Froome winning the tour for the second time, I thought I would tell you more about this event that I actually saw last year.

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Moto Club Rally

Celebrating the passion for motorcycles

This week end, the Chacal moto club rally is happening in Villereal (Lot-et-Garonne 47). I want to share this mainly because it has been a passion for many years.

My dad was the one initiating me to these gatherings. He is a motorcycles lover, and even had his own club once, called Marmottes Biberon Club (Marmot Moto Club).  I started very young, as soon as I could walk I guess, because my parents had a sidecar. We used it so much, even to go in holidays. I have so many good memories with this sidecar, I loved it so much! It broke my heart when my dad sold it… But I understand why he did.

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Bastille Day

French National Day

So, being a good French, I couldn’t miss the Bastille Day celebrations that went on in New York and Brooklyn on July 12th!

To be honest, I think it is pretty amazing all that is done to celebrate this French National Day! I mean, it is still the U.S. and I was not expecting that much enthusiasm for a foreign holiday but I am glad 🙂

A little history

I think that you all know about Bastille Day, but I thought I would write a brief paragraph about it!

In France, this day is called La Fête Nationale, meaning The National Celebration. If this day is that important for France it is because it commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille, which happened on July 14 1789. This pulled the end of the absolute monarchy and was followed by the end of the society of orders and privileges as well as the unity of the French people on July 14 1790.

This day is celebrated all over France with fireworks, and the largest and oldest military parade being held on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. If you ever get a chance, go see the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, it is so wonderful! Although I do like, Bergerac– my little home town’s fireworks, which are music-themed each year (this year theme is “Bergerac a city, a port”).



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Home Sweet Home

Bergerac is a municipality of the department of the Dordogne (24), in region Aquitaine, in the South West of France. There are 27972 inhabitants, so it is a pretty small city. It has been classified city of art and history. The city is crossed by the Dordogne river.

I don’t live directly in Bergerac, but 15mins away, in the suburbs. But my high school was in the city center, so I got to spend time with friends there. There is not much to do there, but it is nice that we can just sit down and have a good time.

There are also some shops on the main street, Rue Neuve d’Argenson.

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Paris 2

As I mentioned in the previous article dedicated to Paris, this post is about other major places you have to visit in Paris.

Avenue des Champs Elysées

This avenue is probably one of the best known in the world. It is filled with Parisians and tourists, who are here to enjoy the many shops there. This is from this avenue that you can see the Arch of Triumph, and where most of the national events are celebrated (the two World Wars, the celebration of the Bastide Day with the military parade, soccer games either nationals or world cups…etc).

  • I like going to the Champs Elysées when I can, but it is something exhausting! I mean, going through all the shops, shopping and everything else is pretty tiring (my feet are generally very painful at the end of the day^^). I also recommend to walk there by night, especially during the Christmas holidays, as the lightning is amazing.


You can best access the Champs by the subway station Charles de Gaulle – Etoile.
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The city of love, right?

I want to talk about Paris because it’s a beautiful city, that I like to visit and revisit from time to time. I have the advantage to have family living in Paris, so it gives me the opportunity to go there sometimes.

The Eiffel Tower

The symbol of France is by far my favorite building. I don’t know why, but every time I go to Paris, I must stop by the Eiffel Tower. I just love its look and its powerful image.

The Eiffel Tower is  located in the Champs de Mars. It was erected in 1889, and is 324 meter (1,063 ft) tall, making it the tallest building in Paris. Its name come from the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company built and designed the tower. It is open to visitors, who can go up to its third floor either by the stairs or by the elevator to enjoy a wonderful view of Paris. There are also 2 restaurants: one on the first floor, the 58 Tour Eiffel, and on the second floor, the gourmet Jules Verne that has its private lift.

  • I think that is THE thing people should see in Paris. I mean everyone has heard about the Eiffel Tower, and it is one of the most visited monuments. The best is to see it at night, when its lighted and normally every 5mins, it will shine!

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If you ever want to visit the Eiffel Tower, here is a website where the prices are available (and frankly I thought it would be more expensive than that).

In order to access the Eiffel Tower, the closest subway station is the Bir-Hakeim and the closest RER station is Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel.

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