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MARTIQUE FESTIVAL

Date: 22nd July 2013

My week of varied culture continued with a visit to the Cavaillon market on Monday morning redolent of all that I associate with Provence - the lavender, herbs, brightly coloured pottery, household linen, endless colourful clothes, cheeses, meat, vegetables and the inevitable aroma of Lavender. I was tempted constantly but reminded myself of the extra weight I would have to carry if I made any purchases. I couldn’t even treat myself to the local Miel du Lavande - my absolute favourite - because I’d purchased so many old magazines and books.

In the evening we went to another Show - but much smaller than the one in Avignon. It was the 50th Anniversary of the Martique Festival which keeps alive the history and traditions of Provence - its language and culture.

We began our evening with a snack at Les Sardinards. Some stupid EU ruling called for much of the sardine catch to be dumped so some enterprising French decided to set up an eaterie where they 'give' you the sardines but you pay for your glass of wine - or something like that. It was rudimentary but enjoyable to eat in the open beside l'etang.

I have always enjoyed the sounds of Provence, the traditional dress etc and the show provided the very essence of the area. The choreography and the dancers were excellent and their costumes superb.

Shows commence late in France which is very civilised and allows one to have dinner beforehand. However this custom does make for very late nights and the long drive home meant not getting to bed until the wee small hours.

MARTIQUE FESTIVAL

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