So for our first year in France, I decided to do somethings a bit different for Easter...some traditional celebrating & some new traditions. Morning Easter baskets, delivered by the bunny were garden themed, with flowering plants, vegetable seeds, and gardening gloves...(Thanks go to another blogger who posted about this cool theme idea for baskets!!)
We then followed our tradition of going to church on Easter Sunday. We found the Anglican Church of Bordeaux with services in English. So we attended their Easter service. It was certainly a change from our Congregational church back home in Saratoga Springs (missing Rev. Jay's thought provoking sermons!) The fun thing for the kids was the egg hunt after church. They all had fun searching for chocolate eggs! It's very traditional here in France to have Easter egg hunt just using various sizes of chocolate eggs. (not the plastic ones used by Americans)
After church, we joined friends of ours for a nice lunch at their house. Then the afternoon was spent together touring Chateaux Vayres, in Vayres, France. This castle is about 20 minutes East of Bordeaux. It is a fun place, close the the Dordogne River, on the way to St-Emilion. This residence dates back from the 13th, 14th & 17th centuries and was once owned by Henry IV. Architecturally, it boasts a beautiful stairwell going down into French gardens.
We spent the whole afternoon at this castle. They had a puzzle maze where you answered a question at each station and took down the letter. After you had completed all the stations located around the garden (13 in all), you spelled out a phrase - "Sonnez La Cloche"..the kids did this at the registration center and were presented with a bag of candy. Easter was certainly full of candy this year!
As seen from the photographs, the wave rolls in quietly but distinctly. It's actually a series of waves, changing the direction of the river. It was also fun to see a couple kayaks and a surfer ride the tidal bore down river. Certainly an interesting afternoon.
I have to say it was nice not to cook a traditional Easter dinner - it was so nice to spend the day out and about here in this lovely country! It was also nice to spend it with new friends!
At bedtime, as I was tucking my kids in, I asked each of them - so how was today did you have a nice Easter?....All three of them answered the same...."That was a great day, Mom!!...can we do it again next year?"
|and the river has changed directions momentarily as the tidal bore continues onward...|