The season of the outside festivals starts in May in France!

Last Sunday, was the Fête de la Batellerie in our home town of Langeais: nothing fancy but a very good time with our neighbors, friends, tourists & travelers. The local traditional water shipping association – that rebuilds the 16th century Loire river wood boats called “Toues” or “Toues cabanées” (when they have a roof) – was offering some free tours around Langeais bridge.

Many people were dressed like in the 16th, 17th century.

There can’t be a festival in the Loire Valley without eating the famous “Fouées” the bread we cook in a fire oven and fill with Rillettes, mushrooms, goat cheese or chocolate!

 

People were doing bastketry with the same tools as during thoses centuries…very much used to carry all types of goods on the boats…others were smoking salmon.

 

Eventually, there was this great music band, with very old instrument (strange accordion, flutes)…and great songs – type of Celtic songs (Kevin – our traveler who loves Celtic music -  I am sure you would have enjoyed this a LOT!)

This is a short part I could film, sorry, I am not very good at filming…but you’ll have a feel of it.

http://youtu.be/kissS6k_I8g

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