How did you celebrate St. George?
The highlight of Les Pieux’s celebration last weekend appears to have been a Lotto (Bingo) session!! a far cry from last year’s national box-cart competition. Though there does appear to be a big event happening this weekend at the Centre d’Hippique – temporary stabling set up in the municipal fields below below the Equestrian Centre, and horse boxes of all shapes and sizes arriving over the past few days. Have a look at the Centre website for what’s happening later in the season – http://pagesperso-orange.fr/equitation.lespieux/topic/index.html
Meanwhile the commune of St-Georges-de-la-Riviere (just south of Barneville-Carteret) celebrates its patronal festival this coming Sunday with a sung mass in the Church, followed by a “Vin D’Honneur”; and then in the afternoon various cycling events for all the family.
For me ? the best I can do for the moment is a glass of English beer !!
Here in Manche it’s being celebrated in several different (and money-saving) events; leading into a celebration of local heritage in “Journees de patrimoine”.
From Wednesday to Sunday a series of randonees – walks, cycle rides and so on – to discover the green ways (les voies vertes) through Manche – old tracks and paths, disused railway lines reclaimed as pathways, and so on. www.mancherandonnee.com gives more detail.
Wednesday 17th was also the “journee du transport public” across France, celebrated here by a 1€ fare anywhere in Manche courtesy of Maneo, the public transport system sponsored by the Conseil General de Manche. Details of them and the public transport system in Manche through www.cg50.fr
This weekend there follows a special offer on the trains – 5€ anywhere in Basse-Normandie to discover more of our local heritage. We’ll be using this offer to visit the “Foire Internationale de Caen”, with it’s special expo on the Sacred Gold of the Incas. This exhibition from the 19 to 29th Sept celebrates our world heritage – details www.orsacreddesincas.com and www.caen-expo-congres.com
More about this later – though it may be a while as Monday we take our holiday for a couple of weeks; almost all holiday makers having now left the area
Bob and Marjory