Blue, White and Red!
ShinyThoughts is going French today and just in time to celebrate Bastille Day on 14th! I’m half French so dressing up stereotypically as a little girl in my blues, whites and reds doesn’t feel quite so gimmicky! I wore this back when I was visiting Brive-la-Gaillarde in the Corrèze region of France, a market town with character, great food and a historic and literary reputation. I did actually fit in fairly well, as Brive was gearing itself up for the big rugby match of the year. There were flags flying all around the town stating ‘Vive Brive!’ and packed out cafes made the whole place feel buzzing.
It’s the biggest town in the region and sits right near the airport so if you’re looking for a safe bet area to stay in, this is it. Between 21st July and 2nd August, Brive will be grooving along to the sounds of Vanessa Paradis and other stars of the region on a make-shift beach music festival in Brive. There’s also loads of live music events, with tunes spilling from the cafes throughout the summer months so there really is a reason to say ‘Vive Brive!’
I’ll be showing you the throngs of the lively market in my next post but if you’re intrigued by what the region has to offer, take a look at my guide to La Corrèze for the adventurous!
What I Wore in Brive:
5 Things to do in Brive:
1 – Visit the peculiar Chez Francis cafe. Ogle the amazing cartoons and words scribbled on the family run restaurant walls by famous French writers and journos past and present.
2 – Wander the little streets and pop into Mémé Gâteaux, the cutest children’s’ shop with buy-me stationery.
3 – Visit the Brive book fair on the first weekend in November for a celebration of the biggest names in literature.
5 – Just out of town are the Jardins de Colette, a contemporary flower park representing the regions of France where the author lived. Check out the butterfly shaped maze!