Sunday, 5 August 2012

Chinon's Marche Medieval 2012

We met up with Tim and Gaynor yesterday to visit the Marche Medieval at Chinon.

At first sight it looked quieter than last year but as we made our way through the streets, it was obvious how popular an event it is.

Stallholders and members of the public alike dressed in medieval costume. We snapped this pair having a break by the roadside...

We were serenaded by minstrals...

And for those in need of a little sustenance, there was spit roast of beef, lamb or pork. 
So from big men to tall people...

everyone was having a good time... And judging by the noise from this group, we suspect the bottle label "eau de source" does not accurately describe its contents!

The old wine caves, within the rock on which the Fortress stands, were open to the public and quite fascinating. They housed a series of 'bottle sculptures' which had obviously been there, gathering dust, for some time.

At the far end of the caves were stalls where artisans in a variety of crafts were selling their wares.

So much to see and take in!  And however often we go to Chinon it always holds an element of surprise for us, even in the hustle and bustle of the Marche Medieval.

4 comments:

Tim said...

I particularly like the penny-ultimate pic with Tim trying to select the correct exposure!
The bottle chandeliers are marvelous too!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Sounds like a really fun day and you have some great photos. Diane

Jean said...

We love Chinon, and as you say, it always has something to delight the visitor, every time. Wish we could have been there !!

GaynorB said...

Great pics to remind us of a wonderful day out. Thanks for inviting us.

I prefer the charm of the French young ladies with their red wine to our 'lager louts'!