Jours de Fête and more

Jours de FêteThe past few days have been more play than work, taking a break from renovation estimates and gardening.

Although our schedules didn’t mesh for HelpX* Jo and I had communicated a bit and decided to meet up. She invited me to stay over at her home in Tulle. It’s not too far away but public transportation schedules are such that a day trip would have been rather hectic.

Jo is originally from Liverpool but she’s been living in France for around eight years. She has a lot of insight and valuable information. But mostly she’s a fun and interesting person to spend time with. She lives in a quaint and quiet little corner of Tulle. I wish I would have taken some pictures when we were out but I guess I was just caught up in conversation.



I got back to Uzerche on July 13th in time for the « Jours de Fête » a two day celebration of Bastille Day.

Repas Champêtre

Repas Champêtre

There was a classical concert at the Papeterie, the old paper mill, which has recently been renovated as a venue for lots of local events.

Feu d’Artifice

Feu d’Artifice

A dinner « Repas Champêtre » was offered along the river bank. (I passed since it was primarily meat.)

The fireworks « feu d’artifice » began at 11 pm ! They were shot off from the area just below the old lycée.

Feu d’Artifice

Feu d’Artifice

It was 20 minutes of none stop artistry in light. Sometimes silhouetting the surrounding buildings and sometimes lighting them up, the pictures just don’t do justice.

Glow from Feu d’Artifice

Glow from Feu d’Artifice

The celebration didn’t stop when the fireworks ended – that’s when the « bal populaire » began, a public dance to traditional music. I could hear the music in the distance when I went to bed at 10 ‘til 1 in the morning.

Gypsy Camp

Gypsy Camp

There was no shortage of things to do on the 14th either. There were marionettes, a gypsy camp with dancing and a little pseudo-fight drama, music and other entertainment, as well as local artisan booths, and of course food. I opted for a crêpe with Nutella and a couple of macarons. (It’s a good thing I’m getting lots of exercise!)

My first Bastille Day celebration in France is definitely one to remember.

*HelpX – short for Help Exchange: For anyone who doesn’t know here’s a brief overview from a newbie. (I only learned about HelpX just before this trip.) It’s a site that connects travelers who are willing to trade some of their time, skills and effort for a place to stay and often meals as well. The host will specify what type of work is needed and if they need skilled workers or anyone willing to give it a go. Check out the link . (If you’re interested, for best results, it’s worth it to pay the small fee to join.)

Jo said she stared out as a helper, now she hosts helpers to get work done on her house. Although she had a couple of not so great experiences she said most have been fine and she has made some good friends along the way.

I wish I would have known about it sooner.


About Joie du Voyage - Joy of the Journey

I'm following my long term dream of retiring in France. I arrived in France June 2015 and moved into my new house on New Year’s Eve. I’m experiencing challenges with ongoing renovations but it hasn’t dampened my spirit. Now I’m settling into life here, joining in the local community, enjoying visits from family and friends, and exploring other areas of France. * My personal motto: Don’t take life too seriously - or eternity too lightly. *
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One Response to Jours de Fête and more

  1. Mary says:

    How fun!! I’m glad you had such a great Bastille Day! Sounds like they really know how to celebrate! 🙂

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