So the evening before we went out for a traditional Breton dinner of galettes and crepes (I think the difference between the two is that the former is savoury). They also have their own aperitif: the kir breton - creme de cassis mixed with cider. Intersting. When we left the Creperie the nearby church was enshrouded in fog, & looked quite picturesque; especially with the neon Christmas decorations in the foreground. I just had to take 4 photos of it, but I'm only going to bore you with one.
I will email the remaining photos to any interested parties ;-)
Now the big night itself. It started off with a big group photo. Followed and accompanied by traditional music (accordian, bagpipes - the bretons are celts - and bombarde) and dancing. Unfortunately Judith mistook me for someone acquainted with bretonne dance, so I also got pulled in, which would have been quite embarrasing if I'd been the sort of person to get embarrased. Luckily for my lack of dance skills it involved stepping in a line in a circle while holding the hands of the other people. Then Brenda's sister Onnwen (sorry if I've misspelt) and her cousin escorted us with their music (think pied piper) to the door of the Town Hall, where the ceremony was to be performed.
The ceremony was conducted by the mayor, in the presence of (no less) Jacques Chirac, well his photo anyway (oops, cropped).
The ceremony itself was very interesting: quite short and consisted largely of a listing of the appropriate legal paragraphs.
Then we walked across to the hall for the party. I won't list the food in case you drool on your keyboards ;-) I also took some photos of the young couple dancing later in the night, Brenda in the red skirt, Manu in the beige trousers:
The next morning I hitched a lift with the lovely Eidems back to Germany, which meant getting up early. I was lucky enough to get a lift to the the Eidem's hotel from Brenda's mum. It was all very picturesque with the mist and the sunrise.
With the moon visible beside the village church tower:
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