Articles avec #luneville tag
Last week end we had another opportunity to go to the castle of Lunéville. For the European Days of Art Professions, the castle welcomed different craftsmen.
We first met a wig maker who was also a teacher. She explained about her job which enables her to meet actors, models. Sometimes she has to work one hair by one hair to create a perfect look.
Then we walked to observe the upholsterer. Each time I see one I feel it is a hard job but the result is beautiful.
His neighbour was a sculptor. She told me she makes dolls' heads but also works from pictures to create "private" sculptures. She showed me how the dust of the room and dry air could damage the baby's head she was making.
We went on and looked at a stone engraver, an organ builder and a costumier working. All of these craftsmen were interesting and explained about their creations.
The most surprising for us were musicians playing the nyckelharpa, a Swedish musical instrument. We had never heard about it. It has an unusual shape but we liked the sound of it.
This was definitely another good afternoon with people who like their jobs and are kind enough to explain about them.
As each year the Société d'Horticulture organized its Fête du Potimarron (Red kuri squash Fair) at the end of September.
We didn't grow any plant of the same family in our garden this year, so it was a good opportunity to go and buy a few, and to enjoy being near the castle of Lunéville.
At lunch time it was not so crowded and I managed to park not too far from the fair, thinking about the bag I would have to carry on the way back to the car.
What makes this Fête du Potimarron so pleasant is the fact that the people who sell the cucurbitaceae advise what to choose depending on what you want to do with it. So I asked for red kuri squash (potimarron) for soup and purée, butternut squash (butternut) for gratin and I didn't know what to have to make jam. In the end I bought a Sweet from Berry (Sucrine du Berry) and I could not resist and bought a Bleu de Hongrie pumpkin to taste (the colour of the peel skin attracted me and I was told it is very good.- the pale blue pumpkins on the left of the picture).
Now it is time to peel, cook and enjoy.
On the first of May you would expect at least a bright day. Today is (very) cool and grey and last night was very wet.
My son asked me to go with him to Lunéville castle to have a look at the yearly Fête des Plantes (Plant Festival) in the park.
Well, flowers and young bushes were beautiful, vegetables interesting but it was so muddy that we didn't really enjoy it. We managed to note some names, my son took some pictures to get ideas for his garden, but the visit was more instructive than pleasureful. I wish I had taken my boots.
We didn't buy anything as we don't know when the weather will really change. But it was a good opportunity to see many sorts of flowers together.
A morning to get a breath of (very) fresh air.
Yesterday I had to go to do some shopping in Lunéville. Usually, at 10 o'clock in the morning and not on a market day, the traffic is calm in the center of the town, but when I arrived in the main shopping street, I had to stop and wait.
Little by little I drove to the main square and discovered there were soldiers there and also musicians and pupils. They were celebrating WW2 liberation. D-Day happened on June 6th 1944, but troops arrived in the area of Lunéville in September 1944.
I heard children singing La Marseillaise, people speaking about wars and freedom and saw the soldiers marching past.
When it was finished on the main square, they went to the old town. In between I had done my shopping but was parked near the monument, so I saw them again. It was solemn but everybody was smiling and friendly after it.
Good surprise on a shopping day.
Little by little the center of Lunéville is changing. Buildings are restored and the ones which can't be are destroyed and replaced by either new ones or by small squares.
In the latter case, instead of leaving bare high walls, the choice can be to use trompe l'oeil style. For the one on the picture, we have discovered characters dressed as in the 18th century, living not far from Saint-Jacques church. They were the ones who met king Stanislas, who had their house not far from the castle.
I think that, for people who don't know exactly how the 18th century in Lunéville was, the castle and these trompe l'oeil paintings give them the right answer. And the couple near the windows seems quite happy to be there.
It is a pleasant way to hide grey walls and to give details of the history of the town to people walking nearby. This was another of our discoveries on Foire Grasse day.