Cycling through the middle ages

In 2009, at the end of our cycling tour in the Loire Valley, I realised a lifelong ambition. We had cycled many hundreds of kilometres across the centre of France, but had yet to spend time in the capital –  Paris. And one of the things I particularly wanted to do was to see the Eiffel Tower.

I did not want to go to the top, which was a good thing, considering the very long queues of people waiting to get into the lifts! I simply wanted to walk around the base and appreciate the size and beauty of the feature.

Alongside all the tourists, and not far from the Tower, we found a large group of dairy farmers and their families who were demonstrating about something. They gave the precinct a bit of a festive air, which was nice, even though it was a protest gathering!

Many visitors to…

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