We escaped our port for the Summer Solstice on June 21st for the peace and quiet of the Loire Valley. June 21st is also called
"La Fete de la musique". Basically, it is THE one day of the year that people can make noise all night long unrestricted. This
means anyone can play their music at max, until all hours of the night. Cities and villages in France organize concerts of all
sorts to celebrate this day.
The first year that we were in our port for the 21st of June they set up two bandstands and the two stages ran performances at
the same time! Then at midnight, when our village says that the CONCERTS/PERFORMANCES must end, we had groups of people
playing bongo drums back and forth to each other until 3 o'clock in the morning. A visit to the chateaux in the Loire Valley
seemed perfectly timed this year. The weather was glorious and we ambled through the villages enjoying our leisurely days.
The rest of the summer, until we departed for a 2 week cruise on JoLi' in August, passed pleasantly with a mix of work on JoLi',
cultural events, days in Paris and of course, Brocantes for Lisa. We felt very much at home and settled with our daily life.
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