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Digital Vagabond: Around France in 14 Camera-Phone Photos

Our Digital Vagabond, Sam Greenfield, captured a series of photos with his phone that cover his own Tour de France a la Voile experience.

The best camera is the one in your pocket.  A phone camera won’t get you far after dark, and sometimes I struggle with low light, but I love my Samsung with a passion. Here’s My Tour De France a la Voile experience in cell phone photos, capture with a borrowed Samsung Galaxy S4.

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The M34 fleet, dockside in Breskens, Holland

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This is Franck Cammas in Dieppe. He won the regatta by 107 points. He’s a fascinating, meticulous talent, but I actually took the photo to demonstrate the French’s penchant for disaster-themed bounce toys.

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In Dieppe I went sailing onboard Groupama for the Pro/Am races. Franck isn’t allowed onboard for these events because he’d probably put the guests down below to optimize weight. Instead, I got the chance to sail with Yann Riou, the multi-talented French Media Crew Member from the 2012-13 VOR.

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This is Deauville, famous for its American film festival. It’s all very posh.

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If you only get to spend a few days in France in your life -and it’s summer time- just drive straight to the Northern Coast of Brittany, where you’ll find places like St. Malo.

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Then print directions to Camaret-sur-Mer. Drive there.

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Eat everything that comes from the sea.

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Marry a local. Never leave.

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Each stopover had a team camp. Here’s the tent village from Gruissan.

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Here’s the fleet racing from Lorient to San Gill. Instead of sailing with the amateur team, I hitched a ride with the press boat. I took this photo with my phone through a pair of binoculars.

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The entire fleet trailered across France, eight hours from San Gill to Rosas, Spain. And then we explored the South of France via the Med. Each stopover had a team camp. Here’s the tent village from Gruissan.

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The next leg brought the fleet to la Seyne Sur Mer.

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And finished in Marseille.

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Then I left Europe and headed to Newport, RI.

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