The tour not only headed into the land of extinct volcanoes on Stage 15, but also through some beautiful French villages (actually, aren't all French villages beautiful?). I just had to try to capture those narrow streets and fans pushed up against stone houses as the riders careened around sidewalk-less corners. The interesting thing about this is if you take a look at some villages on Googlemaps Streetviewer, they can be quite plain, albeit lovely. But when the Tour comes through town the flowers and flags break out, and a whirlwind of color descends on even the sleepiest little community.
The theme of beautiful villages continued into Stage 16 as the Tour made its way into the Rhone valley. Red roofs and elaborate cathedrals looked down on the peloton today, and Michael Matthews took his second stage win of the tour.