Each year after the coverage of the Tour de France ends I start missing my daily dose of the scenes from the French countryside. I’ve always watched the Tour in part for the race and in part for the aerial travelogue. Drama in a bike race occurs only periodically. The scenery fills in the dead spots.
The Tour’s broadcasts show places in France like commune of Toul. Surrounded by Vauban’s impressive fortifications and with a large gothic cathedral at its center, Toul, a town with 17,000 residents, is well worth a visit. Yet with all of the interesting things to see in France, Toul gets lost. Indeed, there are so many guidebook worthy places in France that Lonely Planet doesn’t even bother with an entry for this appealing town.