Back to my recent opportunity to cross a very cool thing off my Bucket List… I still think witnessing the final stage of the Tour de France is one of the coolest things I’ve done to date. The energy in Paris that day was so high, and of course I love the attention the French and the Tour give to cycling throughout the year and especially during the month of July. Although I’m not into racing, myself, I do love a good joyride on a bicycle… I mean, who doesn’t?

This year’s winner and final yellow jersey-wearer was Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali. Defending champ, Chris Froome had left the race short of the final stage after three crashes. Not only did Nibali win four stages throughout the 21-stage competition, he also wore the yellow jersey a whopping 19 days.

Again, these photos are from the 2013 Tour, but it’s fun to look back at the photos and see just how into this event the Parisians, the French, and tourists from all over get. The French really put on a great event throughout the month, but the light show on the Arc de Triomphe was one of the coolest touches I have seen and made for a beautiful and creative end to another great Tour de France.

See Tour de France, Part I here.