Sunday, June 22, 2008

Windows onto and into La fête de la musique

This lady and her cat had a nice view of events going on below for the annual Fête de la Musique, which takes place all over France -- and now, all over the world.

What a way to kick off the summer! I take back what I said about writing my last post before my trip to the USA. I need to do just one more, to share with you some of the more serene moments of yesterday's festive festival.

A restaurant with a coveted view onto the Place de la Cité waits for customers under the watchful eye of Aubrac cattle:

An unusually colorful (for Rodez) window catches the eye of passers-by as dusk falls:

If anyone had been looking out of it, he or she could have watched this group of musique folklorique having some informal fun:

A piano shop brought in an excellent pianist from Toulouse to play within the confines of his small boutique; a large crowd gathered on the sidewalk to watch and, especially, listen:

Of course, there was plenty of bustle, noise, and beer. But it's the quiet corners of La Fête de la Musique that draw my attention.


tut-tut said...

What a wonderful tradition, to have the fete happening all over France at the same time. Great photos, Betty!

Have a safe trip; the airlines internally are charging extra for bags, etc., though I'm sure you're aware of all that. It sounds like you'll just want to get that part of it over as quick as you can.

spacedlaw said...

I am glad you came back.
Have a safe journey.

Anonymous said...

très belle photos de la dame et du chat.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Lovely photos and thoughts. I am sorry I have been away for so long, Betty.

Loulou said...

Have a great trip and enjoy your friends and family!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I do miss that fete. It was so fun to see all of Clermont having a party.

Have a happy summer!

Randal Graves said...

How groovy would this be, music, music everywhere. Have a safe and enjoyable trip!

spacedlaw said...

I have given you an award.
Revenge is mine...

Betty C. said...

Thank you Spaced! I will get to passing on this award -- this summer -- you can at least give me as much time as you took to respond to mine, LOL!

Tinsie said...

I'm glad you're still posting :-) I love the photo of the lady and the cat - fantastic!

Greetings from sunny Greece xxx