Bonjour chers amis,
Here we land again in your Inbox….
"Rosées du mois de mai / rendent le mois d'août gai" or "Dew drops in May make the August crops abundant".
But how about this past April? As always full of events: the celebration of Easter, the opening of the "vide-greniers season", the garden shows all over France and this year's notable event of "La Hermione" departure the America.
By now you might wonder what the "vide-greniers" and "L'Hermione" are…
"Vide-grenier" expression is literally translated as "empty attic". It is a yard sale meets antiques market meets flea market. It is a French institution, yes, indeed very popular and organized during spring, summer and autumn months all over France.
Next time on visiting France it is a good idea to go to a vide-grenier; if you do not find the bargain you are looking for you will still have the opportunity to see many remainders of the life as it was in the more or less olden times in France.
For "vide-grenier" schedules in places near you, you can go to the website https://vide-greniers.org
"L'Hermione" was the ship that the young general La Fayette boarded on the 21st of March 1780. His mission was to join the American insurgents who were fighting for their country's independence. The Marquess de La Fayette arrived in Boston after 38 days at sea and joined the combat alongside General Washington.
It took the "Hermione-La Fayette" association 17 years to build an exact replica of the famous frigate in the shipyard of Rochefort, on the estuary of the Charente River.
On the 19th of April L'Hermione started the crossing of the Atlantic just like the other L'Hermione has done 235 years ago. She will reach the American East Coast on the 5th of June at Yorktown but her travel apotheosis is expected on July 4th in the New York Bay where hundreds of boats will escort the frigate for the Independence Day Parade.
On another note for those of you who plan to visit the south west of France you might want to check our little south west dictionary of regional expression. It will help you understand the locals better and (why not!) impress them with your knowledge!
And last but not least, recently Bordeaux won the title of "European Top Destination 2015" outplaying cities like London, Amsterdam and Brussels!
... and some of May month's events (the list does not include the year round activities)