Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tours: reinforcing French stereotypes since 1352

You can't get much Frencher than a Garlic and Basil Fair, a Tours tradition on St. Anne's Day, the 26th of July, which dates back to the Middle Ages (I made up the 1352 date by the way). The fair does what it says on the tin - loads of garlic and basil along with assorted other foodie delights. Mmm, smells yummy!
No vampires here

This guy rocked the hat-and-mo combo





Lots and lots of soap



Stop! Basil time! Okay, that's a no entry sign, not a stop sign, but 80s kids can't help themselves with the MC Hammer refs

I really wanted to wear a string of garlic, but I think that would have been frowned upon

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  1. Savage black pigs? Here be Cap'n Pugwash methinks!

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  2. Looks like a good time! And I so want to eat some of that cheese!

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    1. I know, how much for the lot??

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  3. Pugwash's boat was the black pig wasn't it?

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    1. I only have pretty vague recollections of Pugwash, I think he was a bit before my time!

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  4. Mmm, I haven't had breakfast yet and this post has me dreaming of pasta with pesto...heavy on the garlic and basil, of course!

    Did I spy some bars of garlic soap in your photo?

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    1. Not that I noticed, but garlic soap would be interesting! Well, why not pesto pasta for breakfast? As you know, I love setting myself up for a garlicky day with hummus for breakfast :)

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  5. Phew! I can just imagine the smell. Lots of my favourite fragrances. Did you buy anything?

    Love Denise

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    1. No, I would have liked to, but I'm off on my travels for the next couple of weeks so I thought it would either die (basil plant) or go bad (garlic, especially since I already have a couple of bulbs lying around).

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  6. A garlic and basil fair in France sounds like such a quaint thing to do in the summer! I love both so much! Being Italian, these two things are ALWAYS in the house.

    So did you pick up anything good?

    Stop! Basil time! He he he. That got a chuckle out of me. You're so cute, Gwan. : )

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