Friday, June 24, 2011

Medievel Festival in Provins

We have been go go go lately and we have Hicham's friend visiting for a couple days and we are cat-sitting and and today is the start of the three day outdoor music festival (like lalapolooza) about a 10 minute walk from out apartment.  Super excited for that.

But before too much time passes, allow me to share some photos of the festival we went to last weekend.  It was in the medieval town called Provins.  Hundreds of people dress up and the entire authentic village is the landscape providing a feel for another time. There was music, food, crafts and a parade.  I have posted 40 pictures, these are the cream of the crop!  I took several hundred, part of the delay was going through them all.  There were so many good ones! And as always, to get a bigger view, click on the picture.  Enjoy!

As I was choosing the pictures and then adding captions, I was once again blown away at how authentic many of these people looked.   Both their interesting and unique faces combined with thoughtful and well made garments made me really feel like I had stepped back in time.  I look forward to more of these festivals, which are all over Europe, non surprisingly.

The castle

It was not just a time for princesses and knights, there was rampant disease and poverty.

what a face. what a hat.

i am not sure why she is blue, but i like it

tribe of swordsman

hot swordsman

no joke

Usually the diseased are not represented at these affairs

love it!

what a pair of splendid wings

lovely lovely

it is hard to fathom just how enormous this dog really is.  he is like a pony

incredible costumes and faces

look at those smiles!

her holy-hatness


must. have. these. boots.

the jesters

Forest people

another hot hoodness

this guy does not belong in 2011

yup, they even made crepes during the middle ages!


Sabine being cute

bread (GIANT)

she was amazing

This is the artist of this incredible book.  She was incredible too!  She signed it for Sabine and even drew a little sketch of her little 17 month old face in the front cover.  She was so kind.  Her paintings are breathtaking.  Check out her website, bonus: in English!

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