Have you heard I’m going to France? It’s true. On July 18, 2011, I plan to be in Lyon, France ready to take in the final week of the 2011 le Tour de France.
On October 19, the 2011 route for le Tour was announced and I have been brimming over with excitement ever since. The final details of my trip were made available to me last week and I have been so eager to share them with you. For all the details, click here.
I’m planning to arrive in Lyon, France on Sunday, July 17; then, on Monday, July 18, I will meet up with the group from Custom Getaways to start our journey on the last week of le Tour de France. I went ahead and booked the VIP trip because let’s face it, it’s not like I can just pick up and go to France any ole time. The VIP trip affords me access to the cyclists along with other amenities that I otherwise wouldn’t have and I want to make sure that I don’t waste away any opportunities I have to have the best experience ever.
The Tour heads into the Alps the week I am there and we will even be in Italy for two days! The final mountain stage is on L’Alpe d’Huez and I am thrilled about this. When Tony first began grooming me to be a cycling fan, he talked repeatedly of L’Alpe D’Huez and how awesome it is and now I get to experience it for myself.
After L’Alpe D’Huez, there will be a Time Trial in Grenoble and then I’ll wrap up the week in Paris and on Sunday evening after the Tour is over and the maillot jaune has been handed out to the winner, we will celebrate with a dinner cruise on the Seine! Jackie will be flying to Paris the next day and we will spend the week eating bread and cheese and doing all things Parisian. Ya’ll this is going to be the trip of a lifetime! I am excited beyond words.
My French software (not Rosetta Stone – couldn’t afford that) arrived last week and I will soon get to work brushing up on my French; so, please bare with me if I start practicing on you!
My plans are to take my computer with me on the trip so that I can blog daily and keep you updated on all the goings on while I’m away. I’m thinking about getting one of the wireless cards that plug into a USB port through my cell phone provider. Does anyone have one of these? Do you like it? I’ve got to do some research on these and make sure they work internationally but that’s one of the options I’m looking at since I don’t know how great the service will be in the various cities in France and Italy.
So, that’s the latest news on my trip. I am super excited and really looking forward to the adventure and also looking forward to sharing it with you!