JUNE 21: The Summer Solstice & Fete de la Musique!
Midsummer is marked around the world by the International Day of Music but few people know that this tradition started in France in the early 1980s and continues to be a huge French event every year (rain or shine). When planning your summer trip to France you’ll want to keep it in mind: it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy lots of free music in a wide range of styles –levels range from organized concerts by professional musicians (especially in big cities) to street performances by amateur groups. Visit the official website to learn more.
TIP: Don’t forget to carefully select the location of your hotel so that you’ll be in a quiet enough place to get some sleep if you don’t plan to join the party all night!
THINKING BACK: When my partner (Francis) and I got married, we chose the day after the Fete de la Musique for the ceremony. We had guests flying in to France from all over the world and, instead of taking a honeymoon after the ceremony, we organized our first tour and spent the week guiding them around Francis’s home region. I absolutely wanted the Music Festival to be part of their experience and that dictated our wedding date! You can read more about how that tour played into my later creation of Sojourner Tours here.