The Tour de France is coming through our little Lalinde! The whole town is gearing up for about 15 minutes of excitement tomorrow afternoon! I took a little stroll around town this morning and tried to capture the mania. So fun!!!
Decorated bikes and flower garlands are everywhere around town.
A colorful one!
And yes, the Mairie (town hall) is in on the fun!
They’ll be coming across this bridge over the Dordogne River into Lalinde.
Here’s the route map for tomorrow, so we’ll see them when they have quite a few kilometers behind them!!!
A decroated bike in the window of our favorite cafe in town.
Another little bike smothered in plastic fête flowers.
So exciting, even our prehistoric cave animals are riding bikes! Such a great logo!
This guy will greet the riders after they cross the bridge.
Here’s another shot of the bicycle dude for size reference.
Decorated wheels are a lot easier to hang than the whole darned bike!
The fire breathing dragon sculpture in the bassin. He doesn’t seem to mind mother swan and the 4 juveniles!
The town bassin with a load of canoes, 3 boats with banners, a bienvenue sign, with the famously planted Lalinde bridge over the canal in the background. Our house is just over yonder hill.
Jazzed up bistro on the square. Our friend did the Lalinde logo and poster above the door.
My personal favorite…the polka dot girly bike!
Had to throw this pic in simply because this little sweetheart greeted me on a side street.
Our ‘shabby chic’ gate to the house awaiting the new iron one, with Cindy’s festive decorations (even though we’re not on the route).
And lastly, my decorated bike with overages from a neighboring town. Finished it with French flag colored flowers in the basket!
Waiting for the riders.
The entourage for the Tour de France was so impressive. The crowd was excited and we cheered and waved crazily at every advertiser and team car that preceded the riders. We waited with baited breath at 4:30. They were running behind. Support cars and gendarmerie still coming through.
Excited for the race. See the big race dude in front of the church?
Then finally the church bells started ringing, cheering started, and we saw the leading two riders come around the corner after passing over the Dordogne bridge. Craziness ensued. The crowd was going wild. Then the pack of bicyclists came FLYING around the corner. We thought it was a good place to be, because they MUST slow down for the corner, right? Au contraire.
Then came the support vehicles. Wow.
Great event. There was a HUGE screen tv to watch the race, lots of food and drink, nice clouds, and enthusiasm galore. For two not-so-crazy-about-most-sports people, we sure did get caught up in the mania of it all! So fun!!!
Found a great parking place. Walked over “the bridge” planted with beautiful summer displays.
Come to find out, the bunch of canoes and kayaks in the bassin spelled out “LALINDE” for the helicopters taking live video!!!
Our five duckling orphans. I think they are left from the original 9. Mom has been gone for some time. They stick together and are holding firm.