We were lucky enough to be in Courseulles sur Mer, in Normandy, France, when the Fete de la Mer was going on. The town is next to the sea, as its name suggests, and our apartment overlooked the marina, which linked to the mouth of the river and therefore the sea.
Every morning we walked past the fish market alongside the boats on the river, just after the seafood had been landed.
On Saturday the town threw the Fete de la Mer – Festival of the Sea – and everywhere, including the fish market stalls, was decorated with these crepe paper flowers.
The sun shone, and we had a great time enjoying the decorated boat contest.
I don’t know which boat won, but we appreciated the effort that must’ve gone into tying these paper flowers on to rope lengths with wire, and then hoisting the ropes onto the boats.
Elsewhere there were traditional games like this throw a quoit on to a bottle, and a few water sports like a sport fishing demonstration as well as an introduction to skimboarding.
We waited for a long time next to the face painting for a balloon sculpture. The smile on James’ face when he was given a balloon sword was an absolute picture.
The marching band were excellent. Sorry to say this but French bagpipes seem to be less obnoxious than Scottish pipes.
We had time for a run around the Jardin Public behind the Hôtel de Ville. I say ‘run around’ but James was also a digger in the gravel. “I’m an excavator!” He yelled.
We did not catch the concert in the evening, but the fireworks were fantastic. The display began with one set off from a boat, and the rest were fired from the beach but visible in most of the town, I expect.
We had a great time at the festival and were pleased to have been in Courseulles sur Mer at the right time!