4 Jul 2014

A city welcomes the Tour de France Yorkshire




The other day we saw how our local villages are preparing for the Tour de France Yorkshire.
Today I had to go into Sheffield to do some shopping and found that the city centre was buzzing with activity. Parties of school children were being taken around to see the decorations in the streets and gardens, visit the Festival of Colour, Space and Light where there's a giant  walk-in inflatable installation in front of the Cathedral and the Yellow exhibition in the Millennium Gallery. My mind was on looking for some new clothes for a family wedding that we're going to in a couple of weeks, but afterwards I did have a wander around as I was curious to see the street art especially installed for the Sheffield Festival and the Tour de France weekend. 


There's a continental market going on with a French-themed section and it's 'spot the special bicycles game' again.



Yellow bicycles near the golden post box specially painted for the Olympic 2012 achievements of Jess Ennis-Hill, the gold medallist in the heptathlon event and another by the Lyceum and Crucible Theatres.



Yellow flowers everywhere. Some of the large artificial ones have been crocheted or have crochet centres.








There's a poem in English and French in the Winter Garden describing some of the areas in and around Sheffield that the cyclists will pass through.


The race starts off in Leeds tomorrow (Saturday) and will finish in Sheffield on Sunday afternoon before moving through other counties and then on to London.
Everything is ready.... so let the Tour begin!  

25 comments:

  1. Hi Linda,

    I enjoyed seeing all your lovely photos of the pretty gardens and flowers and the very colourful bikes make for an interesting Sheffield.
    Looks like a fun place to walk around.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. There's always something creative going on in Sheffield especially around the Winter Garden area of the city centre. I hope you have a restful weekend Carolyn.

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  2. How exciting that the Tour de France is near you this year. Your tour is wonderful Linda. I have really enjoyed these exceptional photos.

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    1. Thank you Denise. Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. I wonder, do you know, if they go to this much trouble when it is held in France? It certainly has brightened up everywhere in your location, and looks lots of fun.

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    1. The Tour de France is an important sporting event. This year it gives Yorkshire the opportunity to show support in different creative ways.

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  4. It is so wonderful how the whole of Yorkshire seems to have really embraced this event and to see all of the celebrations and wonderful things that are happening!! I love all of the yellow bikes everywhere. I hope that you get to see some of it and that you have a great time! xx

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    1. I've enjoyed seeing all the preparations in town and country. I hope everything will go smoothly after making some plans for tomorrow afternoon. There are trams and a shuttle bus service which will be a help and then maybe a walk to our chosen vantage point. I'm sure the teams will go by in a flash so unlikely to get any good photos.

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  5. i like the entrance to the winter garden building. really a pretty building. I like the shot with the big balls in front. wow on the big crochet flowers and you already know i like the yellow bikes.. now i think i like the white bike with writing even better. and you have your very own Eiffel tower

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    1. I always enjoy going into the Winter Garden with its palm trees and other plants. There's usually something going on there with changing displays and community artwork.

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  6. It really is amazing how so much beauty is within the city of you just look for it. Hope the race goes well and the weather is kind.

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    1. We can enjoy the city and the countryside and I do like being able to get into Sheffield city centre. Thanks for your best wishes re. the racing event and hopefully the weather will be as good as it is today, cooler but sunny intervals. Have a good weekend yourself.

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  7. The sights you see never fail to amaze me. The rock structures in your banner are fascinating, too.

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    1. Thank you Susan. Glad you enjoy seeing these places we visit here and in Italy. The banner photo shows the informal gardens that were created in the ruins of the medieval village of Ninfa which is in the region where we have our Italian home.

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  8. Oh what excitement and fun waiting for the flash of bicycles passing by.
    Loved seeing the French flower shop. Hope you were able to find just the
    perfect thing to wear for the wedding.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. I'm also looking forward to the wedding and a reunion with Italian relatives.

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  9. Looks like such fun Linda!!! Have a great time tomorrow and I hope you have glorious weather.
    Cindy

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  10. It all looks such fun and all the art installations and flowers look amazing. Hope you are having a great weekend and that the weather stays dry for you all:)

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  11. Oh my gosh these are PHENOMENAL Photographs! I seriously need to visit your town, I have always gotten the town of York and Yorkshire mixed up, that's what I get for staying in London so much and not getting out into England! I have been to York, but it's been about a million years!! Give or take :)
    Absolutely gorgeous... I have to share this blog post on my facebook and my twitter, I hope you don't mind... much love,
    Tammy

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  12. I hope you managed to catch some of the live action - it was great - a brilliant atmosphere xx

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  13. Great pictures, thank you! Do you think it was worth all the hype?

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  14. How lovely to see all the yellow flowers and good to see the town behind the race. I hope you found yourself a lovely outfit for the wedding.xxx

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  15. Love this! They went all out in decorating and did a wonderful job. I esp. like the artificial flowers, though the real ones are quite lovely.
    That poem is exceptional in its metaphors and similes! (The white jersey of Oughtibridge; emerald trees like ticker tape) :>)

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  16. Being in France without TV I haven't seen any live coverage of the Tour, but your post and those of other bloggers have made up for that. It all looks like the most enormous fun. :)

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