St Suliac

St Suliac, in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine is listed as one of les plus beaux villages de France. Once a fishing port, whose men fished for cod on the banks off Newfoundland, the village is now permanently cut off from the sea by the tidal barrage.

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To keep in touch with their traditional ways, the inhabitants hold a festival with a difference each year. The first weekend of August, the whole village appears as it would have done a hundred years ago. The schoolchildren wear old fashioned clothes and play at traditional games; the men sport the garb of fishermen or farmers, while the women adopt the typical Breton costume with its high white lace headdress. Even the town is dressed up, with fishing nets and sails draped across the quays, and old wooden tools and sacks of wheat along the streets.

"St Suliac, 100 years ago" comes to a triumphant climax with a communal meal eaten in the open air to a background of traditional music.





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