Where I`m living now, Oyonnax, …isnt the liveliest of places. Its a smaller town with a population of about 23,000 people. There are a few bars and restaurants and shops, but for the most part its a quiet town nestled in the Jura Mountains. The other assistants and I have figured out that we need to head to Bourg-en-Bresse or Lyon for our entertainment…and we were absolutely blown away by the local winter festival.
We weren`r really expecting a whole lot of excitement, because of the small population and low-key atmosphere. Beginning in mid-November we had begun seeing signs for the Fete de l`Hiver, or Winter Festival, the weekend before our Christmas holidays started. From what we could gather from the advertisements, there would be music, a small Christmas market, and fireworks to commemorate the winter holiday season, so we went into centre-ville on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
It was nothing, at all, like we expected.
Oh, there were fireworks, a Christmas market, and music. But what we weren`t expecting was the giant mechanical ostrich, among other things. It also turned out that every single person in Oyonnax turns up for this festival. Seriously, I had no idea there even were that many people in Oyonnax. Take a look…
Have you ever been to a local festival in France? Any explanation for this? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!