Le Week-End à La Rochelle

Vieux Port, La Rochelle
Vieux Port, La Rochelle

Weekends in La Rochelle everyone heads for the vieux port, where something is sure to be happening. The waterfront cafés are bustling.

La Rochelle Cafe Cropped

The children are entertained.

Cours des Dames, La Rochelle
Cours des Dames, La Rochelle

The students . . . well . . . today they were engaged in the Nautics Games, which involved wearing odd things and jousting with boats:

Nautics Games Jousting: The Prep
Nautics Games Jousting: Phase One — Let’s Talk About it (45 minutes)
Nautics Games Jousting: The Prep
Nautics Games Jousting: Phase Two –We Promise We’re Actually Starting Now (10 minutes)
Nautics Games Jousting
Nautics Games Jousting: Phase Three — The Battle (30 seconds)

Since preparing for the battle seemed to take forever (that may have been the low tide’s fault), the sidewalk performers had a captive audience. They’ll do anything to vie for your euros and centimes.

Cours des Dames, La Rochelle
Cours des Dames, La Rochelle

Some are more successful than others at keeping the attention of an audience. We saw a guy yesterday standing with one of those arm-brace single crutches, who would occasionally lift up his crutch and burst into song, singing into the hand grip part as if it were a microphone. There would be a little enthusiastic singing, then some I-can’t-remember-this-part vocalizing, then a little more singing, all offered with a twinkle in his eye as if he were giving us all a little gift. Okay, the music was not fabulous, but he got a lot of smiles, and a rather surprising number of tips. I guess Elizabeth Berg* is right, metaphorically and literally: “It is never about how good your voice is; it is only about feeling the urge to sing, and then having the courage to do it with the voice you are given.”

Sing on!

*See the Quotes page for some newly posted quotes from Elizabeth Berg.

 

3 thoughts on “Le Week-End à La Rochelle”

    1. Haha! Not likely. He’s fitting in so well, people occasionally come up to him on the streets and ask him…well…who knows what…things he doesn’t understand!

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