World cup fever spread across Europe seemingly following us. From the first games we saw in Germany, to the final match we saw from home, the excitment and energy of the World Cup was inescapable. People cheered for their home team, their neighbor’s home team and the under dog. In Brussels our friend’s neighbors were from Ghana and the night they were defeated the street went from noisy and boisterous to completely silent. Here’s a little fan who played his vuvuzela loud and proud on the streets of Brussels.
The Tour de France is a huge event in cycling, and as with all sports, advertising plays a big role in the Tour. Before each stage there’s a “advertiser’s parade” officially called the publicity caravan. Tour officials call it an essential part of the tour, but we generally love these things for the plethora of junk and candy they throw at you. Unfortunately we only scored one package of candy and a few free goodies, but it was worth it to see the ridiculous floats and “motivators” do their thing on the business-like streets of Brussels. Vive le tour!