Tour de France in London

Tour de France 2007

I’ve wanted to see some of the Tour de France ever since Greg LeMond did so well, and on our first full day in London I got the chance. The prologue, an individual time trial, was held in Hyde Park, so we made our way down and watched the action for about two hours on Saturday. Remarkable speed. Remarkable turn out of fans.

Meanwhile, we have an offer in on a three-bedroom flat in Hampstead, just two tube stops north of the American School in London. The place has a lot of character, and is only a block and a half away from Hampstead Heath, a very large park with fishing, swimming, hiking, sporting fields, and more. We thought it would make a great backyard for the kids. The “High Street” in Hampstead is also really nice.

We don’t have a confirmed acceptance yet on the place, and if we don’t we can’t move in until about the 19th. That means picking up a tab for about a week in the Kensington Holiday Inn– you don’t want to know what that will cost. The travel is half-way affordable here, and the food is about what we expected, but the accommodations costs seem off the scale.

For more pictures from our day at the Tour, see

http://www.photos.sailingvoyage.com/v/album_008/

(Photo above by my son, Doug. He was able to charm his way to the rail for a good view.)

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