Le Tour de France
I am actually a French tutor, so before going on with my post, I’d like to highlight a point, that beginner students often struggle with.
That’s the problem of homonyms that have a totally different genre whether they are masculine or feminine. I believe we have about 70 of those.
And here is the perfect example for Paris in July :
Anyway, when you learn new vocabulary (in any language that uses genres), you should always memorize a noun with an article.
Beware of text books with vocabulary lists at the end that have only nouns without their corresponding articles, usually these are not very good.
So, this being established, we can send the tutor away and focus on LE Tour de France.
Despite its name, Le Tour 2022 (July 1st-July 24) actually started with 3 days in Denmark this year. But the arrival as usual will be on Les Champs-Élysées.
I love watching Le Tour (you can watch online with a VPN), but not really for the bicycle!
The French have indeed a neat way of reporting it: with helicopters and also drones now, you can enjoy the wonderful and varied landscape (remember, France could fit in Texas, so it’s a very small country in comparison, but it has so many different landscapes).
And when the camera sees something interesting, such as a castle, a church, or the like, a journalist explains the name of the place, when it was built, for what purpose, etc. It is so very fascinating. And gorgeous.
You can actually use your mouse to “pre-view” the video, going under it, and then just click on places where you see the focus is on the landscape and not on the “cyclistes”.
Right now they are starting Les Alpes, and then it will be Les Pyrénées, so it’s really worth watching.
IS THERE A PART OF FRANCE YOU LIKE MOST,
FOR ITS LANDSCAPE?