Fête de la musique – 2021 edition

On 21st June, it is the summer solstice, the longest day. In France, the traditional festival of Saint John (the Baptist), featuring fire, music and dance (“les feux de la Saint-Jean”) has been replaced by the modern Fête de la Musique. In 1981, the newly-elected Minister for Culture, Jack Lang (my mother definitely has aContinue reading “Fête de la musique – 2021 edition”

Hometown revisited

After three months roaming through Brittany, it is time to go home. Home for me is a leafy suburban town, between Paris on the one hand, and the beautiful forêt de Rambouillet on the other. Mid-June, and spring has built up to a beautiful summer. Swifts whizz high in the sky; in the evening, theyContinue reading “Hometown revisited”