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Will and James's Guide to Amazing Race Episode 5

Will and James of 32nd The Amazing Race driving

Eight teams still remain in the competition after last week’s nonelimination leg of The Amazing Race. We raced through the streets of Asuncion, Paraguay competing in the first ever double switchback, two tasks that were first seen in Season 20 of the series. Our preparation for the Race really paid off this leg resulting in our second first place finish! The remaining teams are now headed to Paris for the first (and hopefully last!) self-driving leg of the season. If you are behind on the first few episodes of The Amazing Race, you can binge watch on CBS All Access to get caught up before the Parisian adventure unfolds TONIGHT at 8PM/7C on CBS.

Paris at sunset from air

Paris, France is an iconic city known around the world as the “city of love,” for its romantic architecture and atmosphere. Paris is considered to be the most expensive city to live (tied with Singapore). As a team on The Amazing Race with limited money, you would be smart to hold on to as much as possible and avoid too many croissants! Home to the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe, Paris houses iconic landmarks and a wide range of famous artwork. It is definitely a shift from our previous legs in South America, particularly with the hot climate, now transitioning to the cold and snowy weather of France in mid-November. We have never been to Paris before our time on The Amazing Race and as a couple who loves to travel, we were headed into this leg not only excited about the competition but also about some of the things we may see throughout the “city of love.”

Will on The Amazing Race 32 struggles to drive a manual transmission car

The Amazing Race is known for having self-drive legs that test teams ability to drive a manual transmission. This makes driving in a foreign country incredibly intimidating, particularly when we have never driven a manual transmission vehicle before other than the lessons we took prior to leaving for the starting line. In preparation for tonight’s episode, be sure to watch the two sneak peeks showcasing the self driving drama that arises for teams (including us!). 

Our budding competitive rivalry between Leo and Alana  has been brewing since Manaus, but will it finally come to a head in Paris?

Located 30 miles north of the city is Château de Chantilly, known for housing one of the finest art collections in France, which makes for the perfect challenge on The Amazing Race. Will teams be able to put their eye for art to the test?

On Amazing Race 32 James seeks some art work in a museum

We wouldn’t claim to be art connoisseurs but when we stepped into the château’s gallery and laid our eyes upon the exquisite masterpieces, it took our breath away. 

Down the street from the château is Le Vertugadin, an elegant restaurant, where teams whipped up pies with famous and traditional whipped cream, widely known as “crème Chantilly.” It’s a culinary delight that dates back to the 18th-century. Which teams will prove to be the cream of the crop during this task?

Will and James run a pie gauntlet on The Amazing Race 32

Will we make it through the pie gauntlet?

When you think of Paris, you probably picture the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame, right? Well, one thing you’ll notice throughout tonight’s episode is that there is so much this city has to offer beyond these famous landmarks.  For instance, Musée des Arts Forains, the largest fairground collection in Europe, located in the neighborhood of Bercy. If you’re a fan of thematic rooms or carnival games, then you’ll get a kick out of watching teams “step right up” for tickets before receiving their next clue. We don’t want to spoil too much about this episode or the destinations we visit because it’s a whole lot of fun!

Overall, our time in Paris was an unforgettable one. We can’t help but appreciate how incredible The Amazing Race is for showcasing the many different aspects of travel and the cultures around the world, which is why you won’t want to miss tonight’s episode. Who will be the next team eliminated, and will we be able to make it out of Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle? Be sure to tune in at 8/7C on CBS to see the eight remaining teams drive around some beautiful sites of Paris, France. 

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