La Balade au Clair de Lune (a moonlit walk)

Bike from the La Clusaz Balade au Clair de Lune fete. Photo copyright LeFrancoPhoney blog 2008Last Saturday night signalled the second Balade au Clair de Lune (a walk during the full moon) in La Clusaz, which means all the street lights in the village centre were turned off and the place was lit, instead, with just the moon light and candles dotted all over town. The river that runs through La Clusaz centre had candles placed on lots of rocks poking up out of the water, and street entertainment (bands, comedians etc.) was plentiful.

Pictured is a bike with sparks flying off it—one of the roving acts. I particularly liked how, after the entertainers had asked everyone to stand back so they didn’t get burnt, a family on the right thought it appropriate to stick their kid on the road in a pusher. No escape for the kid!

Walking around and watching some of the family entertainment, I was a bit shocked when one of the guys dressed up as a television presenter (with his waist up inside a box that looked like a television) started to pretend to snort cocaine through his cigar as part of his act. I guess the kids watching didn’t get it, and according to my French friend who watched with me: “This is France! Making fun of snorting cocaine is acceptable.” I suppose I should have realised this after seeing a television advertisement one morning for shower gel that involved a nude woman and close-ups of her breasts. But who am I to judge? The night was as much of a success as the shower gel no doubt is.

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