Sunday, 20 August 2017

Church for Sunday,St. Médard,Vallères

Outside view of the church St. Médard in the village of Vallères in the Loire Valley

The church of St. Médard can be found in the small village of Vallères on the D39 between Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 19th/20th August in the Loire Valley

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 19th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


FONDETTES  Fête de Fondettes ***

VILLEDOMAIN  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 20th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


BREHEMONT  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

CHANCAY  Vide Grenier- Brocante de Chançay ****
  
CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **







Monday, 14 August 2017

Qu'est-ce que Quinze aout?


Quinze août is a French public holiday or a non-working day but it is firstly a religious (Catholic) holiday. It is the feast of the Assumption of Mary, that is, her ascension to heaven.

It was Louis XIII who popularized the feast of August 15 in France in 1638.  As he had no heir, he asks his subjects to organize processions in honour of the Virgin Mary to ask for help. Miraculously (?) this results in an heir, the future Louis XIV, the year after. So the August 15 processions became a tradition and the date a public holiday.