lundi 14 décembre 2009

Christmas in Castelnau-Magnoac

The Hotel Dupont in Castelnau-Magnoac is a renowned landmark for the village. The hotel has a great restaurant that serves some great food, it even has a vintage concert size organ that is ocassionally played for the guests. The links to the restaurant and to the village/town are in French, but if you use the google translator you will get the information.

For the special Christmas market they had a horse drawn sleigh with Pere Noel and Mere Noel. Actually it is wagon built to look like a sleigh, but the children came from miles around to enjoy a short ride and tell Pere Noel what they wanted for Christmas.

Although this was the weekly Saturday market for Castelnau-Magnoac , inside the salle de fete (village festival hall) was a Marche de Noel (Christmas Market) where one could buy local food specialties, wines and brandies as well as objects d'art from local craftsmen.

For this event they set up a short route for the horse and sleigh to go around the village. The big challenge for the horse drawn sleigh is to weave through the congested parking lot and narrow streets of hazardly parked cars and darting traffic.
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