Le Tour de France Comes to Yorkshire

This weekend is a very exciting time for Yorkshire! I don’t think it is very well known outside of the UK (or maybe it is and I am really out of the loop!), but the Grand Dèpart of Le Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday the 5th of July.

What makes it even more of a once-in-a-lifetime event for us is that Stage 2, which will be raced on Sunday the 6th, goes through our little corner of West Yorkshire and wildly enough RIGHT past our house! To say we are excited is an understatement! The buzz in the surrounding villages is incredible, and everyone has gone Le Tour-crazy with bunting and yellow bike decor. It’s extremely fun to be a part of the build up and to witness this world famous cycle race from our drive!

The girl and I went on a little walk around one of the villages yesterday to snap some photos. I’m hoping to take more as the week goes on, but for now I’ll share a few of my favorites.

TDFgraffitiThis is on a barrier surrounding a construction site that is typically covered in random graffiti. We saw this being painted during the day, so it was obviously something they were asked to do, which I think is nice. I like that they included two Yorkshire roses at the bottom.

TDFjerseybunting My favorite of all the bunting I’ve seen!

TDFsignThe signs marking the route.

TDFbikeflowersYellow flowers and spray-painted yellow bikes are everywhere! 

As I was writing this post, I remembered I had taken some photos in Harrogate when we spent Mother’s Day there in March. These are two of the best that I took. The excitement was even beginning that early in the year!

TDFHarrogatetree

TDFHarrogateflowers

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