This is again a little extra post to follow the local events of the moment. The “real post” is just below this one.
I wasn’t with the crowd to watch the arrival yesterday of the “Tour de France” on the Champs Elysées (but of course saw it on television). The participants arrive along the Seine and then make a number of tours up and down the Champs Elysées and around the Tuileries Gardens. A few hours later, the dismantling and the cleaning were well under way. In the meantime, it was possible to make a walk in the middle of the avenue.
Leaving, I took a few photos of the rather recently refurbished gate of the back entrance to the Elysée Palace, just behind where the bikers arrive.