What? No men in high heels!

Le Fête de la Saint-Louis is a Fantastic Carnival weekend held at the end of August each year in Daglan. It transforms the the usually quiet village of Daglan into a four day Festival. The highlight of which is always the parade on a Sunday afternoon. The costumes and floats are amazing.

I must tell you a little story of what happened a few years ago when the theme of the parade was Carnival. The Familia decided to make the most fantastic float with men and ladies costumes for which they needed high heel shoes but found they were rather expensive in France. So one of the family members was sent over to England to buy the shoes. Once inside the store the person had to try on the shoes! Which was funny to the bemused crowd of onlookers and a little embarrassing for the person and for the store assistant who insisted “they suit you sir”. Having posted the shoes to Daglan he was informed that more shoes were needed. This time he went to the store just before closing time to avoid onlookers. All well and good until his return flight when he had to explain to a customs officer about the contents of his luggage.

No high heels needed this year, the theme was Video Games.

Los Amigos lead the parade through the streets of Daglan.
 

Look I am so strong I can stop the parade with one littler finger.
 

The best floats of the parade were Street Fighterand The Ninja Turtles of the Daglan Mairie.
 

Looking awesome.
 

Super Mario.
 

Impromptu concert in the street.
 

Magnificent guys but you do need to sort out your bra.
 

Cheers Richard and Rosemary enjoying a drink at la Cantine after the parade yesterday.
 

 

Event:- this evening at nine o’clock the village is holding a Bal Musette with music by Los Amigos, entrance is free.
 
 

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I Need a White Knight Upon a Mighty Steed!

The beautiful hilltop village of Belves turned back the calender yesterday and presented their Fête Médiévale and it was amazing. Shop owners wore Medieval costumes, musical entertainment in the streets, craft exhibitions, demonstrations of medieval combat, and the incredible mystical woodland sprites. All contributed in making Sunday an incredibly enjoyable day for us and the hundreds of other people that flocked to Belves.

I found my white knight all I need now is a mighty steed!
 

Stunning costume by the Desmodium players.

While the males were mischievous, the female had a pocket full of happiness that she would sprinkle onto the crowds.

The male sprite on the right is teasing people looking out of their window.

 
All of the performance was completed on stilts, up hill and down, they danced around the streets of Belves.

I could have watched them all day, magnificent.
 

The Medieval combat display with sword, knife, axe, spear and club.
Everyone from children to adults were shouting for their favourite to win.

Wow, brilliant combat in extreme heat nearly 40C. It gave you a taste of how brutal Medieval life was.
 

Soukha, music and dance with jugglers and aerial acrobat.
 

Love the detail of the Medieval peasant costume.
 
 

Event:- Daglan Fête this coming weekend.
Not too be missed is the parade on Sunday afternoon and the fireworks in the evening.

 
 

A Very Worthy Legion of Honour.

Bastille day is a big celebration across France so it is no surprise that it is celebrated in style in Daglan. With a dinner, dance and fireworks last night and today a more formal ceremony to present the greatest medal of honour in France to one of Daglan’s great heroes, M. Jacques Pasquet who has courageously given so much for his country.

Le Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur more usually known as The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits. The Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and has been retained by all the Governments and Regimes holding power in France since.

Raising of the flag and the presenting of the flowers.
 

How proudly these veterans sing the National Anthem.
 

A tribute to these great men by our Maire, M. Pascal Dussol.
 

Colonel in Chief honoured M.Jacques Pasquet.
 

What a moment for this courageous man, proudly displaying his Legion of Honour.
 

The Maire also spoke about M. Pasquet’s cycling and formidable pétanque skills.
 

A very proud moment which was celebrated by Daglan Village.
 

To me they look so like resistance fighters.

I am so proud to have met you all today.
 

Enjoying the company of true heroes.
 

What such day would be complete without a visit from a famous supermodel. She is so gorgeous enjoying the day and of course the crisps.
 
 

Next blog Part Two of Monbazillac
 
 

La Goutte Noire.

Sophie Arnaud is the amazing artisan who creates the most gorgeous and original jewellery. From delicate silver necklaces, matching ear rings, bracelets, to a collection of bead work jewellery, ideal if you are looking for your favourite colour or your birthstone.

Do you think that it is too early to plan for a Christmas present?
 

The difficult decision upon entering the shop is which one or two pieces do I like the most.
 

Such a large selection to choose from.
 

The artisan at work. “My dream is to buy everything Sophie”.
 

Also, do not forget to look the baby gifts which are found on the right and rear of the shop.
 

All original, expertly made and so cute.
 

La Goutte Noire is to be found in the Presbytery on Rue de la Republique in Daglan.

http://www.lagouttenoire.com/
 
 

Daglan Events:-

13th July celebrations of food, dancing and fireworks in Daglan.
To celebrate the 14th July there will be fireworks throughout France in every city, town and village. Don’t forget that that the 14th July is the National Holiday so shops may be closed all day or part of the day.

29th July Fête de la Gastronomie, in Daglan all day.

17th to the 20th August Fête de la St Louis in Daglan.

Every Sunday until the end of August, truffle market.

Now until 8th August Art’Céou expo at the Salle Des Fetes
 
 

St Cyprien Félibrée 2018

Félibrée is a traditional Occitan Festival which takes place every year in a town or village in the Perigord. The festival has been running since 1903 and takes place over three days and involves a range of traditional events. This year it is the turn of St Cyprien to host the 99th Félibrée.

Over the last few months a great deal of planning, arranging and decorating has taken place in order to create the wonderful decorations which adorn the streets, squares and alleyways in St Cyprien. 300,000 flowers, poppies, sunflowers, wisteria and crosses have been made from paper and plastic.

This Gorgeous arcade of paper wisteria is my favourite.

 

An Occitan cross.

 

Cameras at the ready everyone, the traditional dancing is about to take place.

 

Hundreds of children from every age group from different villages came together for the dancing and the celebrations yesterday afternoon.
This group wore the traditional Occitan cross.

 

A stage had been erected in the main car park where the bands vocalist told the children the dance moves before the start of every dance, for example ‘go to the right, two to the left, to the back, then forward, turn and clap’.

 

Children in traditional French costume looked amazing under the canopy of flowers.

 

So cute this group of children were among the youngest dancers enjoying the celebrations.

 

There are lots of stalls set up along the main streets, squares, car parks and side streets. Selling hand crafted jewellery, clothes, lace, linen, wooden toys, food etc.

 
 

Events:-

Félibrée 2018, Saint Cyprien, 29th June to 1st July.

Candlelight night at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac every Thursday night from the 5th July.

National Day in France.14th July Fire work displays in every village, town and cities throughout France.