We recently spent a lovely late summer afternoon experiencing how a provencal village functioned 100 or so years ago. The 20th Fête des Métiers d’Antan (or Festival of Past Trades) took place in La Colle sur Loup, just 10 minutes from Lou Messugo, under a perfect blue sky. We wandered around the pretty village between the stands and displays of blacksmiths, wool spinners, lace-makers, distillers, basket-makers, carpenters, washer women, farmers, a barber, a school, vintage cars and more. Musicians played, a priest ambled around and there was even a marriage acted out. Local artist Joanna Painter sketched excellent portraits though unfortunately we were too late to get ourselves immortalised. We snacked on old-fashioned sweets, sampled local honey, saucisson and patisseries and even our children, who set out highly sceptical about such a “fête” thoroughly enjoyed themselves. La Fête des Métiers d’Antan takes place every year in early September.