The power of nature.
Isn't that da-da-da-darling ?
El toro bravo again...
Again, references to Jean Jaurès...
Kids' fave flavor: stroumpf (blue ice cream). Notice the kids are wearing different clothes here. That is because we liked Sommières so much we decided to visit it for a second time. My son found in a toy shop in Sommières something he wanted to have for a long time: a couple of medieval knights to play with.
Completely by chance, while strolling around Sommières we discovered a way to a tower. There was a dubious poster pointing to an entrance. Behind some ruins there was a lady selling tickets to "spectacles de magie et demonstrations de l'art de la fauconnerie". I asked her what for "magic shows it would be" and she informed with "a magician"(duh !) . Then I asked whether there would be demonstration of haws and she informed they wouldn't fly over. "Non ? Pas de vol ? " I asked again. She replied: "Mais non, there is no space here for that". Puzzled, I decided to buy tickets anyway. Don't ask me why.
This girl looked like a twin sister of Nastassia Kinski in her young years. She is the daughter of the fauconnière who was patiently waiting for us in the patio and the man who had done some magic tricks.
Below, I am not so sure why this guy was salking around with this mask.
It adds to the mistery of a medieval setting...
She lectured the audience about the history of the art of falconry, its origins, legends, traditions, myths, tools and misunderstandings about the birds. Fascinating.
It was quite a long lecturing - in French. My kids and hubby were bored to death. I made some mental notes to verify certains facts later on on Internet. This is fascinating for me but shocking to realize that the French really do not give a damn to learning English.
She also talked a lot about de l'ANFA (the French falconry association) and she offers "stages" and workshops to those wishing to learn more about the practice of falconry. I asked my son whether he was interested in learning about it back in Holland. He said "no" - but he would like to practice how to use a bow and arrow, ha!
More about falconry visit HERE.
And I finish this post with a photo of my favorite bird: Bijou.
And she is also Brazilian - you have come a long way, baby !