We were in Paris for the end of the Tour de France, so we went to see the race on the Champs-Elysees. We didn't know exactly when the cyclists would be passing by, and we ended up getting there a bit early. About an hour or two before the bikes arrive, there's a huge parade of vehicles (race sponsors mostly) of all sizes and shapes. Cars shaped like tires, water bottles, sausages...it's pretty fun. Semi trucks decorated with the sponsors' logos weave down the street from side to side blasting their horns. Lots of music and people talking on loudspeakers. We all were pretty tired after 2 hours of waiting, so we went back to the hotel before the cyclists ever showed up. Frankly the pre-race stuff is more exciting anyway.
At the top of the Champs-Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.