Concert at the Castle
Today I need to tell you about our evening activity. Still in France and to be honest the weather appears to be getting worse. However, yesterday Katie and Danny tell me how they have found on the Net information about one of the local castles. Apparently, there is concert on with music and fireworks. Now you need to be aware that through a few good contacts, last month we manage to get to go to the concerts in Kenwood Park and got to sit in the VIP enclosure. It was brilliant all round and therefore we sort of had the same thing in mind. You take a picnic, maybe some champagne and listen to music, chat and generally chill out. We knew the castle which is quite small as castles go but it�s unique feature is that it is on a lake.
We had a plan. Arrive early with umbrella in case it rained, something to sit on and some alcohol. Katie had even phoned up to check the details. We arrived an hour early so we could get something to eat at the local restaurant. When we arrived it did look very empty but we could see seating in the distance and what can be best described as lawned terraces were freshly mowed. We climbed up the sides of the embankment to the nearest restaurant which over looks the castle. We mentioned to the owners that we were in a rush and did they know what time things kicked off and they told us we had just over an hour. The restaurant was packed and we imagined that people were getting their prime position for the firework spectacular.
We ate our meal and walked back down. The car park still seemed somewhat sparse but we could see some people on the seats. We took our things and paid the 5 euro entrance. Bargain we thought, 5 euros for a night of entertainment. Once seated we noticed that there appeared not to be an orchestra but instead speakers. Oh well we thought, still for 5 euros not a disaster. Then we saw a screen with a laptop connected. Hmm, ok a little bizarre. Then the title �Mars explorer lands� written in French. Then some pictures of stars and a man with a microphone starts to talk in French about the stars and the sky. He has slides. We suddenly realise we are not going to listen to wonderful music and see fireworks but instead listen to scientific facts about our solar system, in the dark, on a Friday night and of course the whole presentation was in French making it near impossible to understand. At this point, the three of us started to laugh. Not just a little but full on giggle fest. The more we tried to control it the worse it got. People started staring which made us laugh even more as we tried to look away. We eventually managed to control ourselves and regain our composure. I was crying with laughter by this time.
The sad thing is we stayed for an hour before we felt we could leave. I have never had hysterics in a French lecture in a castle about stars before and I can say it is surprisingly uplifting. Especially when you have told lots of people about how much you are looking forward to the concert and fireworks and so you start receiving text messages such as �Hope you are enjoying the concert�.
Moral of the Story is: Even though Katie has French A-level it clearly does not mean she can speak French.
Au revior for now and if you want to know about our starry skies I can recommend a castle in France!