I was born and raised in Lancashire and still live here too. As far as I am concerned, Lancashire is the best place on earth to live. Historically, there has always been a certain rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire but I really have to take my hat off to all the folk in Yorkshire who hosted the first leg of the Tour de France this past weekend.

Youngsters preparing for a junior version of the Tour de France

Youngsters preparing for a junior version of the Tour de France

Image courtesy of Rasmus Thomsen/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Over two and half million people turned up to cheer the riders on along the often gruelling route. The French organiser of this year’s event has even proclaimed it to be the best Grand Depart ever so that certainly says a lot, doesn’t it? Although I am not a sports’ fan, I have been watching the event on television and as well as being struck by the riders’ skill and determination and the enthusiasm of the crowd watching them, I have enjoyed seeing the glorious Yorkshire countryside. We have a lot of rain in the north of England (although, miraculously, the sun was shining this weekend!) and the countryside looks wonderful because of it. Here’s a couple of photos so you can see for yourself how glorious it is.

Image courtesy of Tom Curtis/FreDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Tom Curtis/FreDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Tom Curtis/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Tom Curtis/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Tour moves on to Cambridge today so I hope the riders receive the same warm welcome they received in Yorkshire. I was so struck by the event that I am wondering if I can incorporate it into a forthcoming book I plan to write!

If you want to see more, then put Tour de France into your search engine. You won’t be disappointed, I promise you!
love,
Jennifer.

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