Cannes at Film Festival time becomes a town full of loosely worn lanyards and people talking up their projects. As it was a public holiday last Monday I went to have a peek and meet up with friends. Maybe small glimmers of glitz would rub off on […]
Happy May Day. The May Day / Labour Day celebration held today on May 1st in France is linked with the Muguet flower or Lily of the Valley, as it’s known in English. The tradition goes back to the days of King Charles IX. It’s said that in 1561 he received a Muguet flower […]
Snow has never been part of my life but it’s always held a glossy, somewhat remote allure. I imagined cosy après ski lounging and laughter by the log fire accompanied by an apéritif to take you into the night. It’s not until living in France […]
A few photos from the Bastille Day celebrations yesterday in Sainte Maxime : The waiting : The fireworks display.
It’s the 14th of July and today there will be celebrations for Bastille Day in my village. A huge fireworks display is de rigeur and to be honest I’m always surprised at the spectacle for somewhere so small. My old home city in Auckland New Zealand has […]
Last week saw the celebration of Sainte Maxime in the village, alongside a public holiday for Ascension. Sainte Maxime lived sometime around 650 and 750 and devoted her life to religion. The colours of Sainte Maxime are pale blue and white, and flags coloured these shades were […]