Festivals and Carnivals

Enter The Dragon In Calais!

Enter The Dragon In Calais!

The northern French town of Calais is going dragon crazy – and for a very good reason, a dragon-horse is visiting along with a giant spider and the town is putting on a very special welcome… Dragon Fever in an Incredible Free Show From June 23 to June 26 2016, the streets of Calais will […]

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Top Things To Do In Calais | Gigantic Machine Beasts Arrive!

Written by on March 23, 2016 in Festivals and Carnivals, Nord-Pas de Calais
Top Things To Do In Calais | Gigantic Machine Beasts Arrive!

Calais is to host the European debut of The Hidden Temple Show featuring a gigantic mechanical dragon-horse and a colossus of a spider in a mind-boggling, magical, free street show that will take place over four days in June 2016. The incredible and huge machines have been created by the master of machine puppetry, François […]

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Festival of Lights Lyon cancelled 2015

Written by on November 9, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Rhône Alpes
Festival of Lights Lyon cancelled 2015

Update: Gérard Collomb, the Mayor of Lyon, has announced that, given the recent tragic events, the Fête des Lumières will not be able to take place in its usual manner – one of joy, poetry and celebration. Instead. the Fête des Lumières will be transformed into a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks in […]

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Lille3000 Renaissance 2015 | The Opening Parade

Lille3000 Renaissance 2015 | The Opening Parade

The most spectacular art gallery opening in the world – Lille3000 Renaissance: On Saturday 26 September, 2015, the sun shone on the city of Lille in northern France, the sky was blue, the old city, Vieux Lille, was as gorgeous as ever with its 17th century Flemish buildings with their distinctive gables and beautiful decorations. It […]

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Lille 3000 2015

Lille 3000 2015

Lille 3000 is a unique, quirky, fantastically French cultural artistic event that takes place in the city of Lille, northern France over several months in hundreds of different locations. It’s slightly crazy, possibly a tad deranged and absolutely pulsating with joie de vivre, energy and joy and if you love art, then this should be […]

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Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Written by on July 30, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, Festivals and Carnivals
Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Quirky and Quaint – the World’s Biggest Puppet Party, Charleville-Meziers, Champagne-Ardennes… It may not be quite so well known as the Place Stanislas in Nancy, but Place Ducal in Charleville-Mezieres, in the region of Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne is one of the finest and most beautiful in France. Visitors may be forgiven for thinking that they may […]

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An Accidental Tourist at the Festival of Avignon

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
An Accidental Tourist at the Festival of Avignon

As our taxi entered the city walls of Avignon, it was evident that something was happening. I had seen online that a festival would be starting the day after our arrival, but didn’t think much about it. I just thought it was nice that there would be a little festival going on. But, from our […]

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Palais des Papes Light Show Avignon

Palais des Papes Light Show Avignon

It’s a star attraction in Provence – the ancient Palace of the Popes. Avignon is one of the prettiest places in France, a once tranquil and picturesque town that for a brief time became the seat of religious power in Europe. From 1309 to 1376, seven successive Popes based their court there instead of Rome; […]

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The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, French Cuisine, Limousin
The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

In France, strawberries are adored – in fact they even claim to be responsible for the popularity of the delicious red fruit! The common woodland strawberry was known in Roman times and grown in Europe since early days but it was much later that the sweet red strawberry will know today was cultivated. In France […]

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The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Poitou-Charentes
The Sailing of Hermione from La Rochelle 2015

The building of a replica 18th Century sailing ship in France is an incredible project which began in 1997 and is coming to fruition in 2015 – but its roots go back more than two centuries to it’s namesake Hermione, a boat that played an important role in the history of America and France… In […]

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