I don't know what it is that facinates me about the Tour. I think a lot of it has to do with the coverage we get from Eurosport. They have lots of helicopters to show the action but they also show us the countryside and the castles and monasteries and farms and crops and towns and villages and houses with swimming pools and the warm weather and all sorts of lovely things like that.
I think they do it deliberately so that I, sitting inside in my living room in Scotland because it's raining and cold outside again, get jealous and want to move to France. I wonder if my schoolgirl French - "Bonjour. Je m'appelle Anne. J'ai douze ans" would see me through? Non? Drat! :oD