Printemps des Échoppes 2015

On Ascension Day 2015, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet celebrated its 23rd festival Printemps des Échoppes. Even though the weather changed from sunny to windy and wet, everybody enjoyed the festivities, with the town’s 22 associations contributing to the day’s varied programme. For all interested in local culture and cuisine, the annual ´Printemps des Échoppes“ is a great way to discover the region, with local artisans and producers inviting to discover and taste their produce, and bands playing popular tunes. The dance group, however, recalled the wild West of the U.S. with line dancing in style. Also on the agenda were guided tours of the town’s landmark – the Chapître, including a visit of…

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas With „Le Pessebre Vivant“

Thunder and red flash: suddenly,  the devil swirls across the stage in a red costume, horny cap and frightening long, sharp claws. Mary and Joseph are aghast; shepherds, farmers, and other locals at the crib resort to military, form a circle that closes  around the intruder that finally forces him to flee: Le Pessebre Vivant I enjoyed last weekend at the Palais des Rois de Majorque in Perpignan, has only little in commons with a conventional nativity play little. Not serious, thoughtful and subdued, peaceful and quiet like the ones I know from Germany, it came along as a  90 minutes long celebration in the power of life, culminating in the birth…