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February 17, 2016

France: Toul

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A sunflower in France

A sunflower in France

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.

Toul's cathedral appears over the town's walls.

Toul’s cathedral appears over the town’s walls.

Toul’s cathedral is near the hôtel de ville.

Toul’s cathedral is near the hôtel de ville.

The cloister of the cathedral in Toul

The cloister of the cathedral in Toul

Stonework in Toul

Stonework in Toul

Street art

Street art

1 Comment »

  1. Funny, I got into the Tour de France for the scenery as well. Then totally fell in love with the hypnotic allure of the peloton.

    Have you ever seen footage from the Tour de Burkina? An amazing multi stage bike tour of Burkina Faso. I’m not even sure if it’s still going on. But many up and comers in Europe cut their teeth there. Picturesque in a totally different way!

    Happy writing!

    Comment by leslieweighill — April 6, 2016 @ 6:18 pm


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