One of my very favorite things of the whole year starts this Saturday, the 95th Tour de France and I can hardly wait! I started watching the tour years ago when Lance Armstrong was still riding and winning every year. Those might have been the good old days, and in America I think it has had a decline in popularity. But I still love it and look forward to July all year long.
I have picked up my special issue on the tour with details of every stage and city. One of the best parts is the beautiful French countryside that you get to see along the way over 3 weeks. Yes, 3 wonderful weeks. There will be sunflowers, hay bails made into bicycles, cows that are near the road that could care less and the crazy guy that dresses like the devil and runs alongside the riders. Oh and then there is the oh so dreamy Phil Liggett & Paul Sherman, with there wonderful stage by stage reports.
the tour is on live everyday on Versus network in the US and that means on the first day that I will be up at 4:30am to watch the start. In this day of DVR's you may think I am nuts, but I will be having a fresh homemade croissant (at least I will attempt to make them for the first time) and maybe even some crepes and champagne. Oh I can not wait.
So this week I have lots of things to do in preparation. I need to change out the Martha Lorraine plates, to my French plates, re-do my ledge with lots of Eiffel Tower things, finish my Martha Stewart Crepe Paper Yellow roses and plan out what I will make for dinner for the whole month.
I have decided that I will make French food all month long but it will be specific to the town or area the tour stops in.... I will keep you all updated everyday, and if I make escargot, John may order pizza. Oh how I love escargot.......