Our train from London was scheduled to arrive at 7:20 last night, giving us plenty of time to get to the Champs Elysees to see the Tour de France riders loop around the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre at the end of the Tour de France. However, due to a problem with one of the trains, we were diverted to Lisle to change trains before we arrived in Paris close to an hour late. We arrived home, dropped our bags, drank a cold beer (yes, still hot here) and walked to the Champs Elysees just as riders were whizzing past the crowd lining the street. We got lucky, however, as we were able to have a pretty good view of the last two laps. It was a thrilling experience.
After the race was over we moved a bit up the street in order to stand right in front of a huge screen which was projecting the awards ceremony and views of the Champs Elysees.
Following the awards ceremony, we walked all the way up to the Arc de Triomphe and enjoyed a spectacular light show on the arc.
Here is how it looked in action!
We stood there amidst the very well-behaved crowd and enjoyed the light show for a long time. We were hoping to see the fireworks that had been promised, but when they hadn’t begun by 11:15, we had to give up on them. We didn’t feel cheated, however, having thoroughly enjoyed everything else we had been fortunate enough to see that night. And can you believe it was all under a full moon?
I posted a few more pictures on Mais Oui Paris Facebook page here.