Every year during the last weekend of May, the little countryside town of Chédigny on the Loire Valley (France), organises the 'Festival des Roses' dedicated, as the name indicates, to roses.
For its tenth instance in as many years, the roses festival's main goal was to raise awareness among visitors as to environmental issues as well as to federate the region's human and cultural energies.
The festival boasts from over 60 exhibitors and stallholders ranging from nursery owners to environmentally-minded organisations conferences, painters, and musicians. The general atmosphere is extremely relaxed and if you are lucky, you might catch a sunray or two.
Chédigny's festival is not all stalls though. Indeed, the entire town (which, mind you, isn't all that big) is filled with roses. Gigantic rose bushes slither their way up houses' facade, over gateways, along front walls and pavements.
Pink, yellow, blue, deep purple, two-coloured, red, white roses line the streets of the town. Some as tiny as a coin, others so big my entire hand couldn't hold them fully.
The display makes for an unbelievably charming town. Two hours spent wandering the streets go by really fast. Although there are a lot of visitors, the streets don't feel crammed and leisurely strolls are not forced.
The flowers, when hit by sunrays, spread an incredible parfum bathing the town in the nice smell of roses.
Just looking at the pictures, I'm sure you can smell them too. If you find yourself in France next May, take the time to treat yourself to a decadent and relaxing rose explosion.
Till next time xx