It has been a glorious Easter weekend here in France's second-sunniest département. Brilliant sunshine bathing cheery throngs of locals and holiday makers, all flocking to bustling fairs and markets; to La Rochelle where l'Hermione is preparing to depart on her much-anticipated Atlantic voyage; and to the golden sands of Châtelaillon-Plage, where the cobalt skies this weekend have been splashed with riots of colour by a myriad of soaring kites during the three days of the 22nd Festival du Cerf Volant.
Le Festival du Cerf Volant et du Vent - Châtelaillon-Plage
Kites, sails, windsocks and whirly-gigs of all kinds delighted visitors to this beautiful stretch of the Atlantic coastline throughout Easter weekend. Too many to count and all simply begged to be photographed!
La Rochelle fête l'Hermione!
L'Hermione, is a magnificent replica of the tall ship which began her historic crossing of the Atlantic on March 10th 1780 from the very place her successor is currently berthed in the vieux port of La Rochelle. Over the entire Easter weekend, jazz bands, shanty-singing mariners and enthusiasts in period-costume have mingled with the enthralled visitors, all hoping to capture the spirit, take photographs and celebrate the triumph of those who have played a part in building and preparing this majestic vessel before she sets sail on her epic journey later this month.