Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Amiens animated

Wow, try saying that five times in a row.... and I can hardly believe it the first time!
Loads of events converged this weekend in Amiens and it was so nice to see so much going on.

It was the fete dans la rue which is an annual event in Amiens now in its 27th year where there are loads of outdoor theatres, circuses and shows all weekend. It also happened to be our quartier's annual party too on Friday which was fun. Our road was closed off and we had brass bands and majorettes parading until 2am with a BBQ wafting our way throughout the evening.

The best show was a circus act on Saturday night that launched itself off the top of a 15 floor building in the tuwn centre and as they slid down a tightrope t the floor, they threw white feathers into the crowd. It was impressive but slightly scary! There were so many feathers it looked like it was snowing. Very beautiful at almost midnight!

Because it was fathers Day, we'd invited J's parents for the weekend which usually means mega stress for yours truly (is the house clean enough? will they like the food i'm cooking? is it up to MIL's standards?....) but I'd decided not to cook this time and so we went out for dinner instead! So much less stressful! hehe.

The weekend also coincided with the annual marché sur l'eau which reminds us of way back when the farmers/veg growers came to market by boat to sell their produce that they had grown in the hortillonnages or water gardens. These gardens are small areas of land surrounded by water from the river Somme that are only accessible by boat but are very fertile. Once a year the market is recreated, with the agriculturers dressed up in traditional costume. The boats arrive from the hortillonnages, they stop the boats in the town centre and unload the fruit, veg or flowers onto the quai and the market starts. Since arriving in Amiens I have missed this event each year so I was delighted to be here this year. We bought a few things, raspberries, flowers...and then we went to the hortillonnages to take a boat tour there which I've done a few times now with different visitors but never stop being impressed by its beauty and tranquillity despite it being practically in the town centre.



On the boat tour of the hortillonnages

J's parents left on Sunday evening, and we just couldn't make it out for the fete de la musique (so, you weren't the only ones L!) We were exhausted! We did get to hear a very amusing drunk man coming back from the fete de la musique though....at 5am we were woken by a man in our street who was shouting 'I ammmmm drruuuunnnnnnkkkkkk, la la la di da.....' The music was in him that night...

A really busy but very nice weekend. As I said, it's great to see Amiens with some things going on! It continues also as the fun fair is in town as of last weekend for a month...candy apples, candy floss.....and waltzes await me...

1 comment:

Mil said...

Hi Emmy, The hortillonages thing sounds lovely. The circus thing must have been on that very tall apt. building in the middle of town, right? I've been to Amiens a few times. I'm so impressed you actually cooked for your MIL. I've only just made a cake or two, things I'm sure I won't mess up. What's going on with your "bilan"? I've started mine and I'm afraid the lady talks more than she listens...

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