April 2016 Newsletter

March 25, 2016

Chers amis,

Joyeuses Paques!

Like all western Christian countries, France celebrates this weekend the Easter. According to French traditions the bells of country's churches stop pealing for three days before the Easter to restart on Easter morning. Little children are told that the bells fly during these days to Rome to see the Pope and return laden goodies - chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate in any shape and size! - that they drop in gardens on their way back. This tradition is known as "Cloche Volant".
Easter Eggs

March was the month of carnivals: the one of Limoux - the self-proclaimed longest carnival on Earth, it starts in January and ends before Easter (and I must add one of the oldest, the tradition dates as back as the 14th century) - and the "Venetian Carnival", an event held yearly since 2012 in the town of Castres, some 70km (44 mi) east of Toulouse, carnival that invokes the town's appellation of "Venice of Languedoc".
Venetian Carnival of Castres
Venetian Carnival of Castres
Limoux Carnival
Limoux Carnival
A bientôt,

Southwest Story

Some April 2016 events in the southwest of France:
check mark Fourcès Flower Market - some 55km (34mi) northwest of Auch in Gers department
check mark Opening of Saint Adrien Garden a remarkable garden near Bezièrs in Hérault department
check mark "Printemps des châteaux" - Spring in the wine "châteaux" in the famous wine region of Pauillac north of Bordeaux
check mark World Kitesurfing And Windsurfing Championship in Leucate, Aude department, 38 km (23mi) south of Narbonne

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