The weather has been sunshine and showers so far for Easter in Normandy. However, people have still been getting out and about enjoying the events taking place over the weekend.
Easter church services have been taking place since Thursday and the Gavray service was on Friday evening. During the Easter period the church bells don’t ring until Sunday morning. The Easter bells (les cloches de Pâques) are said to go Rome and return on the Sunday bringing Easter gifts. On Sunday morning nearby services will be held at 9.30am in Cérences, 10.30am in Hambye, 11am in Bréhal, Coutances Cathedral and Coutances St Nicolas.
There is also the website www.messes.info which gives more information.
Easter Egg Hunt
If you want to take part in an Easter egg hunt there are several taking places at farms in the Coutances and Granville area. https://actu.fr/loisirs-culture/paques-chasser-oeufs-vos-enfants-dans-centre-manche_16079433.html
For venues further afield you can refer to this map
Anyone For A Chocolate Fish?
Chocolate shops and patîsseries will have special window displays for Easter. As well as bells , you can also find chocolates bunnies, eggs and chicks. Oh, and fish! This is because April Fool’s day is known as poisson d’avril and to play a joke on someone you attached a paper fish to their back. Easter is often around the same time as April Fool’s Day so France has chocolate fish. A wonderful chocolate shop is Yver Chocolatier in Granville. Check out their amazing products at www.yver.chocolatier.fr and pictures of their Easter range at https://www.facebook.com/maisonyverchocolatier/
Happy Easter and Joyeuses Pâques
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