The first day of summer is always much celebrated in France; it's the fête de la musique, or music celebration day. It's the longest day of the year and it didn't get completely dark in Rennes last night until after 23h! So, various artists and groups set up shop all throughout the city, down quaint little streets, in the middle of busy squares, and passionately play the music that inspires them. It was kind of cool walking down several streets and hearing jazz, then rock, then techno (haha, only in France...), then old-style French songs. It's very diverse and draws tons of people.
Some of my friends sang some awesome Gospel songs! I'll see if I can put up a video of their "Oh Happy Day"! The acoustics were awesome!
Newlyweds! They crack me up! They've been married 1 month and 2 weeks! :)
Look at all those people at Saint Anne!
Of course, no city-wide celebration in Brittany could be complete without galettes and saucisses. Halle had one, and said they were yummy.
While Halle contended herself with a galette saucisse, I opted for a nutella panini. Melted nutella...yumm-o. Not quite as good as that one cup of hot chocolate made from real chocolate that I had once upon a time, but... it was a close second.
At the town hall, there was a drumline group, and a group of very happy Spanish tourists who formed a congo line. Haha.
A couple years ago when my mama was visiting, we saw a group of accordion players that was SO cool. I really wanted to see them again, but didn't find them. BUT, we did happen upon this little group, and the accordion player seemed SO happy to be playing. :)
A few times this year, I had Mallory and Gabrielle over to do a fun craft and spend some time with them. Both of them are going to the US this summer with their families, but we managed to squeeze in one last time. Unfortunately Gabrielle couldn't make it, but Halle joined us instead, AND hosted us in her apartment!
I saw an adorable project on Meg's blog, and thought it would be so cute to try with the girls. I didn't have a butterfly punch, so we tweaked the project a bit and used a flower punch instead. I love how they turned out, and it was so fun to do something crafty. It'd been a long time!
This girl was getting a bit giddy towards the end. It was quite amusing.
On a different note, I FINALLY put up curtains in my room. And when I say I, I really mean Simon. Dan's power drill makes me a little nervous, but Simon was obviously up for the challenge.
And he did a great job, I have a very sturdy curtain rod up. I'm just not convinced I love the curtains... which is why you aren't seeing any pictures of them. Maybe I'm too picky, but I go back and forth on them. I'll let you know when I decide their fate. :)
Friday night, the Rennes opera put on "The Abduction from the Seraglio" by Mozart. While that is cool in and of itself, it was even cooler on Friday because the city diffused the live opera on a huge screen out in the open for all to see. The opera itself was televised and broadcast on a French TV station, but me, and 5000 other people watched it from a big screen. :)
It was SUCH a cool experience and such a good opera! The music was incredible.
The pictures don't show nearly how crowded it was. This was at the beginning, with lots of people still trickling in.
See my jean picnic blanket, Mom? :) The concrete was nice and warm to sit on, after having been warmed up by the sun all day.
We had a great view from where we were sitting. It doesn't get dark these days until after 10h30.
This couple was phenomenal! Everything was in German, with French subtitles.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day with temps in the low 80s, and perfect for an outdoor summertime opera.
On a tooootally different note, some people have been wanting to see what state my tomatoes are in. This is what they look like today. Growing growing!!
I went a strawberry pickin' this morning! Catherine knew of this farm / apple orchard a bit outside of Rennes, that has strawberries, raspberries, red current bushes, and much more! ("oh much more sir!" --> name that movie shorty or linds!!)
Upon seeing the apple orchard, it not only made me think of the awesome fun I had picking apples with Abby last summer, but also, immediate visions of homemade applesauce danced in my head. I must go back.
This is the shop area. When we arrived, a guy came riding up on his 4-wheeler and oh was it was a beautiful site. THE 4-WHEELER! :) It is the first 4-wheeler I have seen in the 3 years I've lived in Rennes. A. Terry, tell Taylor I immediately thought of him and all of the dangerous trails he took me on last summer!
There actually weren't a ton of strawberries... at least, not a ton that were easy to find. I think it's nearing the end of strawberry season, and this year it has been warmer than usual and a lot less rain, so the berries were smaller.
It was kind of fun not having a million strawberries covering the bushes though, as it made the discovery of one little fruit all of the more exciting and precious.
They are sooooo sweet and yummy!
I picked 1.4 kg (about 3 lbs) and they're all washed, cut up and ziplocked in my freezer. I think it's time for a strawberry pie.