In my office I have a wall calendar with photos from my last summer in France. During both October and November I've been able to enjoy photos taken of the 2015 Tour de France. Catching glimpses of the riders was a lot of fun and made for a memorable day.
I have a friend with a place in Montmorillon, and it appears the 2016 Tour is set to go right through his little village on July 5.
I think those areas, as well as those even closer to the Pyrenees, would be much more interesting, and may possibly have cooler weather than my friend's little town. The first year I visited France, when I stayed in the "Outback" not far from Andorra, the locals were preparing for the Tour. There was much excitement. Unfortunately, we had to leave the week before the Tour went through the area.
So, the Tour begins tomorrow although it must be admitted that a lot of people won't pay attention until the Euro 2016 football championship ends on July 10th. Nevertheless, there are already a million people waiting at Mont Saint Michel, mostly in camping cars. The Tour is going to spend the first 3 days in the same region, something that it never does, so most of the people will not budge until the weekend has ended. So if anybody planned to just visit Mont Saint Michel this weekend, they can forget it.
The stage of the 14th of July is almost always designed to be the most photogenic one because it is the day that the greatest number of people in France will watch. This year they will ride through lavender fields and rocky gorges before the grueling ascent of Mont Ventoux, which isn't excessively high but which is a lot harder than it looks. I'm sure it will make for a spectacular moment of television.
It appears that weather is going to be a factor in today's stage, because the Mistral is blowing too hard. So the arrival at the summit of Mont Ventoux has been cancelled. The stage will end 7 kilometres earlier.
Well, they decided that Christopher Froome could keep the yellow jersey because nothing that happened was his fault, but watching him run a couple hundred metres along the road without a bike was one of the most bizarre scenes ever.
It's rather doubtful, but if the weather suits me (rain, for example), it is not impossible that I might go along the Seine below La Défense because the Tour will be following the river road for several kilometres. With recent events, Paris itself has become such a security nightmare that I am not at all tempted to see anything in the city itself.