Fun Times At Chez Passet...

 

This has been a fun / busy time at Chez Passet - the week started off with 'Bastille Day", like the French need another holiday?? Every village was "En Fête", so it was quite the "spectac" as the French would say...

Next up was the Etape du Tour  (10,000 riders taking in stage 17 of the Tour de France) - I have NEVER experienced an event like this. The roads were closed for us, locals out pouring cold water over you as you climbed the Col du Tourmalet in stinking hot conditions (thank you for that as it was one of the memorable moments for me), 181kms, 8½ hours later, and 4356 meters of climbing (had to walk 1kms up the Col de Marie Blanque due to soo many riders trying to climb a mountain with a narrow road), the end of the ride was magical...

Tour de France passed through the area twice - the Pyrénées were the highlight of this year's Tour - did you see the guy running beside the racrers in the "Mankini" (it wasn't me as it didn't fit...). The whole area has been packed and the atmosphere has been unreal around here - ton's of tourists around looking to catch the "Tour"....

Chez Passet has been full with guests from Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, all seemed to have enjoyed the atmosphere and Di's cooking kept them asking for seconds (No, you can't have a third plate full...). Had a wonderful family from  England with their two daughters who rode some of the "classic" TDF climbs with a smile on their face at the end of the day, made the week special...

We're both a little tired but all is well and looking forward to more "Fun Times At Chez Passet"