Dunkerque

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Dunkerque is a small very town in the northernmost tip of France. It is very close to the border with Belgium and is actually located on the shores of the North Sea. The city is acyually nothing special on a winter day except the processions, I am sorry to say, but I am sure that the summer will kick ass in this town being next to the sea.  

 

Dunkerque’s cultural heritage is illustrated by the wide variety of resources and events: museums, cinemas, theatre, conference centre, cafes with live music, festivals, architectural and historic sites and, of course, the Carnival. For two months (late January to early March), Dunkerque celebrates the festival that once gave a cheerful send-off to fishermen sailing north to fish in the dangerous icy waters round Iceland.

Main Walking Street Dunkerque
Each weekend a different group holds a procession, with crowds of carnival revellers led by a band, and featuring visiting "giants" such as the Scandinavian warrior Reuze Papa and his wife from Cassell. In the evenings each group holds a lively ball.

 

Colourful Flemish tradition dates back to the Counter-Reformation in the early 16th century. It came from Spain and Portugal, when Flanders was part of the Spanish Netherlands. The Catholic church set out to encourage popular expressions of piety to ward off the threat of Protestantism. Large figures were carried in annual religious processions to mark occasions such as the day of the town's patron saint. Most were biblical figures like Goliath or St. Christopher, and they gradually acquired various attendants in masks and costumes.

Clouds passing at the beach
Each town has a voluntary association, which keeps up the tradition, looks after and repairs the giant figure, and provides the bearers and attendants who accompany the giant as he or she dances through the streets - while bands play a special giants' tune. The giants were traditionally made of flexible wickerwork, and they could actually dance with the music of the procession.

 

Seven hundred hectares of dunes, 15 kilometres of beaches, and a recognised sailing resort make the Flanders coast an increasingly popular seaside resort for tourists who can find quality activities and entertainment all year round. More than a hundred sports clubs mean you can practice virtually any sport, with excellent facilities. The availability of plentiful amenities and the organising of regular international events bear witness to Dunkerque’s sporting dynamism

yadilitta says:
that was something new to me! Thanks for sharing this with us.
Posted on: Mar 04, 2008
rayramon says:
a must go to place. thanks

peace
ramon
Posted on: Jan 15, 2008
Andy99 says:
Nice and informative blog entries, Chris!
Posted on: Jan 13, 2008
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The Beach Promenade
The Beach Promenade
Main Walking Street Dunkerque
Main Walking Street Dunkerque
Clouds passing at the beach
Clouds passing at the beach
Main Street Dunkerque
Main Street Dunkerque
Habour of Dunkerque
Habour of Dunkerque
The Beach Promenade
The Beach Promenade
Clouds passing at the beach
Clouds passing at the beach
Somewhere over there England is hi…
Somewhere over there England is h…
Graveyards from WW1
Graveyards from WW1
Graveyards from WW1
Graveyards from WW1
Graveyards from WW1
Graveyards from WW1
Wonderful flower arangement in a R…
Wonderful flower arangement in a …
Dunkerque
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