The Latest: Froome boss calls for "power passport" at Tour

The Latest: Froome boss calls for "power passport" at Tour
Brakes, oil changes, engine maintenance and repair, radiator repair, belts, struts, shocks, electrical, drive train work are just some of the work that we do. Why take your car to an expensive dealer repair shop when we can do the same work at a lower …
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All foreign nationals must present their passport. All other forms of foreign identification will not be accepted. All information submitted (e.g. name, date of birth, city, etc.) must exactly match the government-issued photo ID you will present when …
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How to Take a 'Game of Thrones' Tour of Northern Ireland

How to Take a 'Game of Thrones' Tour of Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland tourism board hopes to attract tourists by billing itself as "The Real Westeros," thanks to its large number of Game of Thrones filming locations. Game of Thrones has already brought more than £87 million to Northern Ireland, where …
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InterContinental Hotels Launch 000 Bespoke Vacations
Gotham Air, the company that offers helicopter transfers to New York airports, has announced a promo code (FLY149) for any rides booked through February 22. The discounted rate will be $ 149, higher than the first-time price of $ 99 but lower than the …
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Nebraska HHS official recommends extending child welfare contract for another
LINCOLN — A top state official is recommending that Nebraska continue contracting out management of Omaha-area child welfare cases for another year. In a letter to lawmakers, Tony Green, acting children and family services director for the Department …
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Maple Run Studio Tour returns for 13th season…

Maple Run Studio Tour returns for 13th season…
Also, make sure you pick up a tour passport at your first stop to have it stamped at each tour stop so you will be eligible for one of three artists gift baskets to be won. If you have your passport stamped from all eight tour locations, your name is …
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County Clerk's Offices Offer Quick and Convenient Passport Processing
NEPTUNE, NJ – If your winter plans includes travel to a beachfront location or Superbowl XLIX, you may want to make sure that your U.S. Passport hasn't expired. Or, if you do not have a U.S. Passport you may want to apply for one today. In either case …
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See the Tour de France With an Express Passport

Americans have NASCAR, but France has a world-renowned race all its own: the Tour de France, which sees contestants ride around 2.200 miles (the exact route varies from year to year) through punishing terrain, putting themselves through what the New York Times describes as the equivalent of running marathon several days a week for three weeks. That’s hardcore!

 

This year, the Tour de France started on July 2nd in the seaside town of Le Barre-de-Monts. It will end in Paris on Sunday, July 24th.

 

Is it worth it to watch the Tour De France in person, in France? That depends on how much seeing it live is important to you. Some people feel that they can get a better view of the entire race by watching it on TV. However, while you may be able to see the action more clearly on your widescreen, you’ll miss out on the adrenaline rush that being right in the middle of an excited crowd of spectators can provide.

 

You’ll also miss out on the swag from the sponsor caravan, which rides a little bit ahead of the riders. The caravan throws bunches of goodies and small souvenirs to the waiting crowds. It’s a little bit like Mardi Gras with less booze and more clothing.

 

If you decide to go, here are a couple of tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience:

 

Get to the race area as early as possible. Some people even choose to camp out a few days in advance.

Remember is to stay out of the way of the bikes-there are no fences or barriers, and you don’t want to get run over!

Check the Tour de France website for detailed information on each stage of the race, including facts about the towns the race will run through and nearby tourist attractions.

 

Since the race doesn’t end until July 24th, there’s still time for you to plan a last-minute trip, as long as you have a passport.

If you don’t have a valid passport, you’ll need to get an express passport before you leave the country. The Department of State’s express passport service won’t get your passport there fast enough, either- it takes 2 to 3 weeks door-to-door.

 

If you’d like to get an express passport before the 24th, you have two options available to you: make an appointment at one of the country’s 24 regional passport agency offices, or use a private passport expediting company to submit your express passport application on your behalf. The option that is right for you will depend on your ability to take time off work and possibly travel to a regional passport agency office, among other factors.

Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry. 

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