Sunday, May 23, 2010

It's That Time Again...


Tomorrow (Monday May 24th) is the annual Fête de la Transhumance in St. Remy, where shepherds herd their flocks (roughly 3500 sheep and goats) three times around the village's circular "main drag" before taking them up to graze the green pastures of the Alpilles for the summer months. Transhumance is considered one of the 100 Prettiest Festivals in France and if you haven't seen it, it's great good fun. It starts officially at 10:30 a.m. but arrive earlier to find parking because the streets are closed off. There's also an all-day flea market on the Place Republique. 


Thanks to Guy Butters for the great photos. Visit his blog here and see more of his wonderful photography here

7 comments:

  1. I love this stuff!!!!!!What fun!!!!Maryanne xo

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  2. i would give anything to be there... i adore st remy and to see this would be AMAZING... xx pam

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  3. i am planning a trip to paris and to st remy (and day trips from there) next spring... i would love to have advise from you if you do not mind. my boyfriend is a professional photographer and he has never been... so i know he will love it. we will be on the hunt buying for my store (redticking) but will want to see some sites ... cannot wait. i LOVE your blog... xx pam

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  4. The transhumance in the Var is on 6 June in Bargème – amongst other things to find out the role the herds play in keeping down the brush to stop the wildfires.

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  5. Oh Julie: What a wonderful scene it must be! I think to see the shepherds would almost be the best part. How long does it all take? Do the restaurants/shops stay open? Am counting on you for a follow up in the next few days!

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  6. Great fun, we went to the Transhumance fete in Pignans last month & really enjoyed the it. A great way to celebrate the country spirit...Tuula

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  7. Paris is amazing in every way you can enjoy there a lot....this stuff is cool....No doubt.,..but little bit scary to me..i dont know why..!!!!

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