Friday was a public holiday in France to commemorate the end of the First World War. We took a trip to the town Pourcain Sur Sioule to watch their ceremony. It was a cold wet day and somehow fitting.
Before we went we did some history 101, regarding the role of France in the war and massive toll it took.
Every Hotel de Ville, every memorial, every Government building is covered with French flags.
Yesterday, the fourth of November was my birthday!
We had yummy croissants for breakfast.
The birthday cake we had for morning tea had rock solid icing, but it was still really yum. We also had a potato pie with a huge layer of sour cream on top, and delicious lemonade.
After that we caught the bus to Vichy, we arrived at lunchtime. Just in time to eat some more!
We went to a creperie, they had a set children's menu. First we had delicious cheese and ham gallette's, then chocolate crapes for dessert.
Afterwards we went for a big walk.
We saw the source of Vichy's famous water, and walked a long the river. We stopped at the shops to buy me some new boots! By now it was raining and freezing cold! So we headed to the bus and went home.
Thank you everyone for the cards, emails and presents!
Today we left from Mallorca for Menorca, our next island. I steered the boat for half an hour - it was fun-ish. When we arrived we went swimming to cool off, then we got dressed and went into town after dinner for the Sant Joan Day Festival. Everyone is wearing red t-shirts, carrying bottles of lemon drink and there are flags everywhere. Crowds are streaming into town, there is a real buzz in the air. Something big is going to happen.
At the festival they have horses - more than 100 Menorca bred horses, the riders are known as cavaliers, they are very skilled. Granny would have been impressed.
We watched the opening ceremony where the riders ride around in a circle and loop through the crowd. I thought it was a bit mean as there were millions of people, and they were trying to touch and tease the horses. The horses reared up, and walked in tight circles to escape.
We watched from above, behind a high wall. The police stopped us from going into the main area, people can get trampled. The year before last someone died.
We move and go to the town square to watch it one the big screen with even more crowds, everyone is drinking lemon gin, Mum and Dad try some. We have ice creams instead. We watch the next game, riders with spears have to stab a ring hanging down. The horses charge through the crowd, volunteers keep people back. We see one rider get the ring and the crowd goes crazy. It is a lot of fun.
ps. Below photo's not ours...
We went for our first sail just around the corner to a beach. It was a bit to cold to go swimming, but Camille did it.
We went out to dinner with Willam and Thea the old owners of the boat. I got pizza, it has ham and tomato sauce on it. It was yummy.
There was a concert on the way home.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.