Having fallen in love with Ceillac over the last 3 weeks, our planned departure on Saturday evening had been postponed once again so that we could attend the Ceillac Annual Festival of flight and wind the following day. After all, we reasoned, having stayed so long and enjoyed so much of the area it made no sense to leave just hours before this once a year event that promised to be lots of fun based on what we could translate of the days itinerary. It turned out we had made the right decision....it was an incredible day full of activities, colour and happiness that really topped off our stay in marvellous fashion. With a colourful garden of wind, stunt kite displays, birds of prey shows, a paragliding competition nearby, film showings, food, and lots for children to do as well, all topped off with the nightime release of sky lanterns, it was a well planned and executed day that we are very grateful to have attended. The theme chosen for the festival, wind and flight, was incredibly fitting in this wonderful natural setting. To be celebrating one of the forces of nature that had shaped this valley felt so right to us and with perfect weather for the events, it made for a very special time.
We were also very impressed by the now completed wind garden comprised of hundreds of vibrantly coloured wind ornaments, with sails and blades rotating in the breeze as part of their unique designs. Frogs riding bikes, birds appearing as though in flight, fish swimming in the air....there was just so much to see and with children running and laughing among the display and making their own kites nearby you could feel the happiness in the air.
By now it was late and as the organisers began to say farewell the final moment arrived, the distribution and release of countless sky lanterns. It was really nice touch that they had though of involving the public in this way and, as we released our own lantern among the many others, we also felt a real sense of peace and tranquillity.
Walking back to our motorhome, stopping frequently to appreciate the starry sky and search for constellations, we felt very happy to have stayed for the festival. It had been well organised, thoughtful and entertaining, but also peaceful and just busy enough for us to relax as well. A brilliant day and a great way to close out our own time in Ceillac.