We were lucky enough to be in Courseulles sur Mer, in Normandy, France, when the Fete de la Mer was going on. The town is next to the sea, as its name suggests, and our apartment overlooked the marina, which linked to the mouth of the river and therefore the sea.
Every morning we walked past the fish market alongside the boats on the river, just after the seafood had been landed.
The sun shone, and we had a great time enjoying the decorated boat contest.
We waited for a long time next to the face painting for a balloon sculpture. The smile on James’ face when he was given a balloon sword was an absolute picture.
We did not catch the concert in the evening, but the fireworks were fantastic. The display began with one set off from a boat, and the rest were fired from the beach but visible in most of the town, I expect.
We had a great time at the festival and were pleased to have been in Courseulles sur Mer at the right time!