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The Alluring French May


Bonjour! You know what? Le French May is coming round! Being soooo excited, I have to tell you what I’m going to see! Follow me and have a glimpse into the festival!

First, I think all French must admit one thing – we love gourmet food and wine! If you are going on a trip to France, Route des Vins d’Alsace and Musée du Vignoble et des Vins d'Alsace are good spots for you to taste and learn about all those brilliant Alsace wines, like sylvaner, pinot blanc, pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer...Local delicacies are awesome as well, remember to try tarte flambée made of Emmental, Gruyère and Münster cheeses. C'est bon! If you are a gourmet like me, you probably shouldn’t miss Le French Gourmay, where you can encounter all those lovely French food and wine!

Whilst the ‘Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place’ exhibition is surely a must-go. Monet is one of the leaders of the French Impressionist movement of the 1870s and 1880s, and his paintings of colourful French landscapes are superb that certainly worth a visit. The painter’s works are never monotonous nor dull, but include all viewpoints, seasons, nuances and variations of the gorgeous nature, being totally stunning and fantastic. The 17 masterpieces exhibited are all emblematic, featuring different spectacular landscapes in France, as well as Europe.



Other upcoming performances are also great, here, Extrêmités and Cinderella are what I’m going to watch. Cirque Inextrêmiste’s Extrêmités is a very exciting, intense and real performance, the whole thing is about hanging in the balance – standing on lopsided wooden planks and bottles of gas mixing humour and technical tricks – which simply takes everyone’s breath away. There are only three acrobats, but the effects are unexpectedly enormous.

Cinderella is a well-known piece that every one of us should have heard of.  Whereas in Le French May, you will be seeing a totally new one – a terrific ballet version made by a contemporary choreographer Thierry Malandian. The show embodies both modern and classical features, being faithful to the story, simultaneously bringing a modern minimalist stage set. I’m assured it is the show that my daughters will never ever want to miss!

I guess you should now know what to do in May. The festival is undoubtedly a good way to let everyone understand French culture, it is also a good medium of interaction. So if you bump into me during the festival, remember to come and say ‘BOUJOUR’!

See you there, xoxo.

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