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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

One of the things I love about the Tour is that France is so pretty. I'm sure all the areas that the tour passes through spruce everything up, but I never get tired of how *organized* the French countryside looks. It's like all the fields have been neatly sectioned off with a ruler, and you'll have huge area of sunflowers right next to a field--but the sunflowers stay in their area. Not one sunflower seed has drifted over to the field and sprouted. How does that happen?

Also, today's stage was pretty impressive. The pure chaos of a sprint is mind-blowing. Just watching makes me nervous. I can't imagine what actually being in one is like. And pretty soon we'll start to get into the mountains, which is my favorite part.

Anyway, I swore I wouldn't talk about the Tour constantly, so I'll answer a question Ann emailed me a few days ago instead. She wanted me to blog about what I like to read and what I'm reading now. (Thanks for asking, Ann!)

I'll read just about anything, although I don't think I've ever read a Western. And as for what I'm reading now, I just finished Peter Hessler's The Oracle Bones, which was outstanding, and I've started Helen Dunmore's House of Orphans (sadly, this isn't out in the US yet, but her earlier novels are, and they're all excellent. My faves--at least as of today--are With Your Crooked Heart and The Siege)

One last thing: here's a great interview with Meg Cabot


Blogger Robin said...

I've actually been to that part of France (though not during the race, so I don't think any sprucing is necessary), and it's just as bizarrely "organized" in person as it is on TV. I have no idea how they manage those sunflower fields, but it's pretty freaking impressive.

July 11, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...


Thanks for letting me know France really *does* look that perfect! That's quite impressive. And sort of a little freaky. :-)

July 12, 2007 2:36 PM  

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