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.

washing hanging in street

We wandered around the pretty village between the stands and displays of blacksmiths, wool spinners, lace-makers, distillers, basket-makers, carpenters, washerwomen, 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.

village goes back in time

laundry hanging in street in village

man with drum in old fashioned military uniform

village goes back in time

village goes back in time

village goes back in time

village goes back in time

village goes back in time

artist sketching portrait

La Fête des Métiers d’Antan takes place every year in early September.

Further Reading

Orange Festival on the French Riviera – la Fête de l’Oranger

February Carnival and Fêtes on the Côte d’Azur

 

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