Le Tour de la France par deux enfants (A Journey Around France Undertaken by Two Children) is a little 119-chapter book about French geography and culture. Written in 1877 by Augustine Fouillée (under the pseudonym G. Bruno), it was geared toward primary school students in their fourth and fifth years (cours moyen). It has been read by generations of French students, and has played a small but important role in the development of a French national imagination. It was the little book that launched the Tour de France.
The Fog Lifts;
Gradually, the gentle tranquility of sleep overtook André, too. He remained still, so as not to awaken little Julien, but he felt his own eyes fill with fatigue. In vain, he struggled to fight off sleep, yet in spite of it his eyes half closed.
|COL DES VOSGES— A pass (col) is a narrow passage between two mountains, passing from one side to the other. When you arrive at the top of a peak, you can see behind you the mountain you just climbed and in front of you the mountain to be descended.|