Category Archives: Festivals in France

Thrills (and possibly spills) in the hills

Most of us like our sidewalks, paths, streets, roads and highways to be smooth. But there is at least one group of riders who prefer their roads to be rocky: the cyclists who ride cross-country (with a lot of downhill … Continue reading

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Flower power, 2nd edition

Just about a year ago (March 20, 2016, to be precise) I posted “Flower power” to herald Daglan’s first Fête du Printemps, or Spring Festival.  And now my wife Jan and I are busily getting prepared for the second edition … Continue reading

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree!

Our village seems to be making good progress in putting up Christmas trees that we can be proud of. And it’s about time. There was a period when it seemed like our village council was desperately trying to win the … Continue reading

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Civilization(s) on parade — with yet more wackiness

It’s not as exciting as running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It doesn’t have the high seriousness of a religious procession (or a funeral march) in Italy. And it certainly doesn’t have the polished professionalism of a North American event … Continue reading

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Civilization on parade — a first look

Daglan’s four-day  Fête de la Saint Louis is not over yet — as I write this, the thumping music from the bumper-car ride up in the square has started thumping away — but it’s time to look back at what we … Continue reading

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A small village, thinking big

The days are getting pretty toasty, and so it’s time for Daglan to start preparing for its annual Fête de la Saint Louis, which I have taken to calling The Festival of Heat and Noise. The four-day extravaganza takes place … Continue reading

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A belated look at the truffle dog

It’s been a fairly hectic week (that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it), including a trip that included two nights in Toulouse (very pleasant, thank you). So I am only now writing about the special gourmet market in the centre of … Continue reading

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