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.
 
 

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Spring in Daglan.

After the long Winter we are beginning to see the gorgeous colours of Spring. It seemed like an endless wait for Spring this year with the cold, snow, frost and rain but here it is at last. Not all of the Spring flowers are out yet but here is just a taster of the gorgeous colours that we have in Daglan at the moment.

A magnificent variety and display of tulips in a friends garden.
 

Do not know the correct name of the flowers but they are gorgeous.
 

Our own display, these only flower in the Spring Time. We have moved them from the front of our home to the courtyard at the rear were they get more light and they love it. So many flowers this year.
 

Paul sitting in our garden, I wish! This particular day it was 23C, the temperature has now reduced to about 14C with a lot of rain forecast for the next few weeks.
 

Canoe Slalom on the River Céou is all ready for people to enjoy.
 

Paul and I walked along the lane by the side of the River Céou in order to see the horses at the stables.
 

Gorgeous blossom in the lane by the side of the Château.
 
 

Our First Snow Upon A Crisp Morn.

Snowflakes are one of Natures most fragile things,
but look at what they can do when they stick together.

I get far too excited when I see snow fluttering down from the sky. A remembered childhood vision of deep snow crunching underfoot, building snow men and throwing snow balls always springs to mind, the joys of snow.

Not how dangerous it can be underfoot when it is frozen or driving in a vehicle so let us stay with the positive side of our first and I hope, not our last snow this winter.

Sarlat looking gorgeous with a dusting of snow.
 

Minus three centigrade yesterday when this picture was taken.

Minus six this morning.
 

Looking down the hill towards the Restaurant de Rapier and and the Cathedral.
 

Also there was a light sprinkling of icing sugar on the roof tops in Daglan on an extremely cold morning.

More snow pictures to follow, I hope.

Take care and stay warm.
 
 

Gabarres at La Rogue-Gageac

It is dismal grey and pouring with rain outside so I thought that a little sunshine was needed to brighten up the day. If anyone is planning to holiday in the Perigord this Spring, Summer or early Autumn. One of the places that you need to visit is La Rogue-Gageac. What better way is there on a warm and sunny day than to travel down the Dordogne River on one of the gabarres which are moored at La Rogue-Gageac. Gabarres are traditional flat bottom boats which were used to transport merchandise down the river.

Just close your eyes and picture yourself relaxing down stream with a cool breeze in your face on a sunny day with blue sky’s above. To add to your enjoyment you can either listen to a commentary in French or use one of the supplied headsets programmed for your language. We opted for the headphones this time. The commentary is told in the form of one of the men working the gabarres in the 18C which is informative while being entertaining at the same time.

Inland water transport expanded rapidly in the 18C and to meet this demand boats were built with flat bottoms because the water level was so low in the Summer months. Traffic was so dense along the Dordogne River that by 1860 there were 571 gabarres.

You get a good view of the shops and restaurants as you pass by.

Quite a few of the gabarres on this part of the river were only one way, going down stream with their cargo and then dismantled on arrival at their destination and cut up for firewood. Thank goodness a few also came back up stream with the help of oxen, man power or both by pulling the boats against the current by rope.

Château de la Malartrie dates back to the 12th Century. It was once a hospital for lepers, then in the 19th Century the Count of Saint-Aulaire, Ambassador of France in England had the Château transformed into the renaissance style that it is today.

Just lazing around on the river. Kayaks and canoes are also available so you can see the river at your own pace.

The largest gabarres were made of oak with strengthening rails along the sides. They had three or four masts and were about twenty metres in length, they could carry about thirty tons of merchandise: coffee, sugar, and citrus fruit were favourite.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Truffle Festival and market on the 20th and 21st of this month. Not only truffles are sold you can buy truffle macaroons and other delicious cakes, cookies etc. Plus there will be cooking demonstrations by the top Chefs from the Perigord.
 
 

Joyeux Noël de Daglan.

The 8 à Huit Supermarket started their Daglan Christmas celebrations this morning with delicious mulled wine, cakes and biscuits served to customers.

What a treat, thank you Virginie and Chris.
 

Gorgeous and warming on a cold Sunday morning.
 

Bonne Fête from our Mairie.
 

The Mairie windows are all decorated with parcels and candies.
 

The balcony at the side of the Ancient Presbytery is decorated with a cascade of presents.
 

Daglan Church of St. Martin looks magnificent.
 

The bridge over the River Céou leading into Daglan village is decorated with holly and bows.
 

Christmas is here, Santa and his sledge has landed in the tree outside La Petite Paris Restaurant.
 

What a wonderful display of light and colour illuminating the boulangerie.
 

“Which glittering ball should I play with first?” We have been lucky so far, Cleo has looked and bopped a few balls but has left them on the tree. Angel found the cat presents a few days ago but so far, she has left them unopened.

 
 

This will be our last blog until after Christmas, so a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Paul, myself and all of the villages in Daglan. Bonne Fête.