Documentary Series by Marc Pingry Productions, Inc.

107: “May Festivals” France

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Sedan Castle

In the month of May two amazing and very different festivals occur in France. One is a “Medieval Festival” in the Champagne Ardennes region. 

 

The other is the Gypsy Pilgrimage in Provence. 

 

First stop will be in the historical fortress (the largest in Europe) town of Sedan, a city that hosts a medieval festival each year. Walking around this huge castle with knights, ladies and even a medieval torture chamber takes one back in time. The locals compete in games for the honor of their neighborhood in this beautiful city. 

 

Second stop is the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the beloved region of Provence. Every year in May, Gypsies from all over the world gather in the tiny city of Saint Marie de La Mer. They take their patron Saint Sara through the narrow streets of this charming village and deliver her to the sea. The name of this place, which is a peaceful tourist destination during the summer, suggests the city’s religious importance. It means Saint Mary of the Sea. 

 

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Provence Daredevils

 

Culinary Delights: Located in the Rhone-Alps region, Lyon has always been a strategic crossroads. The Festivals crew tests the city’s reputation for some of the finest dining in France as they experience the different cuisines that can be found there. Three great restaurants are profiled, a traditional “Bouchon”, an established Michelin Star restaurant and an innovative nouvelle cuisine chef. One of the better-known exports from this region is Beaujolais wine. 

 

A trip to George Debeof’s vineyards is a great way to taste the landscape north of Lyon, as well as its trademark wine. 

 

Special thanks to Champagne Ardennes Regional Tourism Board, Rhone Alps Tourism, Provence Tourism, The French Government Tourist office, Maison de la France and Air France