Rencontres Internationales de Cerfs-Volants – International Kite Meeting

This is one of the biggest gatherings of kites in the world and one of the major events held in the Opal Coast and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.



The wide sandy beach of Berck-sur-Mer is the ideal setting for this annual immersion for kids and adults in the magic of flying objects of all colours and shapes.


In its 28th edition this year from 12 – 21 April , it is host to international kite teams such as

Cream Tea, the all-female Les Mademoiz’ailes from France, Air Rex from Japan,Team Silat from Malaysia, The Dealers from Lithuania, Red Alert from Russia (sounds a bit threatening); Evidence and Air Zone Flight Team from the US; Win Sky Shanghai from China;Bogota 2 600 and Team Atemoc from Colombia and Team Flame and The Scratch Bunnies (currently the world champion holders) from England.

There are also demonstrations on the beaches, exhibitions, a kid’s village, and entertainment on the piers.  There’s Rokkaku kite fighting, developed by the Japanese 250 years ago, and the Jardins du Vent, the sweet sounds of the wind playing through the flowers buried in the sand, miniature windmills, straw cats and scarecrows made from recycled material. There’s kite flying by night and wonderful fireworks.

And the best thing is that the whole thing is free and lasts daily from 10am to 6pm, then at night.

–adapted from

http://gofrance.about.com/b/2014/03/04/the-28th-international-kite-meeting-in-berck-sur-mer-april-12-to-21-2014.htm

— All photos by Ludovic Parmentier from: http://www.cerf-volant-berck.com/photos2014.php

– Click on image below for video

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Songkran Festival 2014 – Thailand

For the Buddhist New Year (Songkran in Thai), the Thais show their respect by pouring a little water on the hands of the elders and on any Buddhist representations. The festival of three days (April 13-15 2014) is also transformed into fun-filled water fight.

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Armed with water guns and water containers, travelers and natives including children throw water upon others, which symbolizes cleansing and rejuvenating of their bodies. There is no exception in this festival but obviously everyone understands the real meaning of this event.

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All pictures above are taken from google images

French Easter Eggs – Would you crack and eat?

Taken from :
Madame Figaro

1. LeNôtre

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Limited Edition By Guy Krenzer – 75% cocoa, raw dark chocolate from Tanzania

2. La Manufacture de Chocolat de Alain Ducasse

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Turned and sculpted in dark and milk chocolate by Pierre Tachon for La Manufacture de chocolat.

3. Hugo & Victor

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Egg- “the Stork and the Fox”, hommage to the fables of La Fontaine, in milk chocolate from Ghana and dark chocolate from Tanzania and Vénézuela.
http://www.hugovictor.com

4. Jadis et Gourmande

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Graffiti Egg in milk chocolate on a dark chocolate base – 72% cocoa
http://www.jadisetgourmande.fr

5. Shangri-La Hotel

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Limited Edition – Toy Egg by François Perret, pastry chef of Shangri-La Hôtel, in Carupano dark chocolate, 70% cocoa
http://www.shangri-la.com

6. Henri Le Roux

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67 € l’œuf de 18 cm
Egg “Spin-drifts” from Henri Le Roux, 67% cocoa, sea salt, posed on a base in caramelized chocolate-covered almond nuts
http://www.chocolatleroux.com

7. A La Mere de Famille

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Egg Head by Julien Merceron, pastry chef at À la Mère de Famille. Creation in milk chocolate 36% et dark chocolate 68% of cocoa.
http://www.lameredefamille.com

8. Pierre Hermè

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Supreme Egg by Pierre Hermé : a hommage to Swiss artist Beat Zoderer. Creation in dark chocolate from Brazil, edited in 15 copies.

9. Fauchon

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Limited Edition,
“Egg Peacock” inspired by the paintings of Douanier Rousseau, in dark chocolate 70% cocoa from Venezuela.
http://www.fauchon.com