Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Prospect Crescent, Harrogate and the Tour de France Opening Ceremony! Xx

 Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge
 and Prince Harry will be attending 
the opening ceremony of the Tour de France 
at the Leeds Arena on 3rd July. 

Everyone is being invited to ring a bell 
- from church bells to bike bells - for two minutes
 at the same time after 8.30 pm on Thursday 3 July 
to mark the official start of Yorkshire's Grand Depart 
as part of the live Opening Ceremony at Leeds Arena.
The big ring is designed to be a symbolic bringing 
together of the entire county to herald the 
beginning of Yorkshire's Grand Depart

Carved Tree Trunk in Harrogate's Town Centre by Betty's
to Commemorate the Tour de France 2014
Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh will 
join York singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin 
on stage to perform The Road - the official anthem 
of Yorkshire's Grand Départ 2014.
Band Hope & Social with Grassington Festival 
from Yorkshire Festival 2014 bring the 
Tour of Infinite Possibility featuring 
100 performers in the Band 
Anyone Can Join to sing their festival song "The Big Wide".
Following their recent performances, 
Ghost Peloton will be back on stage drawing 
on the spirit of the Tour de France 
with complex and extraordinarily athletic 
choreography inspired by the wheel in motion 
and performed on film by Phoenix's dancers.
And finally the orchestra and chorus of Opera North 
will perform music specially created for this event 
throughout the ceremony, conducted by composer 
Philip Sheppard, who composed music for London 2012

Leeds to Harrogate is Stage One of the Grand Depart Saturday 5 July 2014
Check the link for the map
of the route from Leeds to Harrogate on 5th July

Check this link for Stage 2 and 3 York to Sheffield Sunday 6 July 
and Cambridge to London Monday 7 July

We went to Harrogate for Easter Weekend
as my dear Sister has lived there for over 30 years
We stayed at a beautiful Apartment right opposite Betty's
on Prospect Crescent
The Entrance was between the Co-operative Bank
and Viyella.  From the Beautiful arched windows of the drawing room
we could look at the Procession that was happening that weekend.
This would be a perfect place to stay for the the Tour de France.

A sitting room with flat screen TV

It has a beautiful bespoke Kitchen and Dining room 

And two double bedrooms 
and two luxury bathrooms, one of them ensuite.

My children Josh and Sophie

The Legendary Betty's Tea Rooms

Tea at Bettys
We had Breakfast there ...

Parking for the Appartment is past Bettys 
and round the corner from Decor

A visit to the Turkish Baths is a must - check the golden bike on the wall.
This stone was laid by the rather wonderfully named
Mayor of Harrogate
Alderman Fortune JP CC in 1894

Ian, Sophie, Josh and Gilly by 
The tap to the Spa Waters at the Baths

The Valley Gardens

Jakes is great for Lunch

We went to the rather gorgeous 

The Alpine Greenhouse

Sophie, Josh, Gilly and Jenny

The Herb Greenhouse

We loved the woven Willow

Jenny wears printed velvet dress and leggings Topshop, cream cardigan,
suede boots and bag Zadig and Voltaire, Leather Jacket Mint Velvet
and Sunglasses Christian Dior
Josh wears jeans Cahartt, Hoody, T Shirt Nike, 
Hoody Lacoste and Nike Huaraches
Sophie jeans and hooded jacket Topshop, Black Suede Creepers Office

Beautiful Spring Flowers
My Sister lives in the Beautiful neighbouring village of Knaresborough

With a terrace that looks over the beautiful Yorkshire countryside ...

Until next time J Xx

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