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Image from page 282 of "France from sea to sea" (1913)

Identifier: francefromseatos00riggrich

Title: France from sea to sea

Year: 1913 (1910s)

Authors: Riggs, Arthur Stanley

Subjects: France -- Description and travel

Publisher: New York, McBride, Nast & company

Contributing Library: University of California Libraries

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mingout that, to take advantage of the weak sunlight,I hurried down a side street to capture Vannes andhis wife—^busts of some old burgher and his fatspouse, quaint grotesques upon humanity, who forcenturies have leaned out from the corner of a houseabove the narrow sidewalk to gaze down upon thepassers-by. Suddenly we heard the queerest music.Could it be possible that in France somebody wasskirling the pipes. A few moments later we reachedthe Cathedral again, breathless, and there in the openstreet the second wedding party was having a danceto the music of the hinious, native pipes. All the women were in costume, the bride in a softgreen, brocaded silk, her orange-blossom strings fly-ing; the others in somber black broadcloth bandedwith velvet, but relieved by aprons of richly embroid-ered silks. The gaunt pipers wore rusty shovel hatswith huge buckles, and homeward-bound velvetstrings flopping behind, loose jumpers and darkbreeches that did not conceal the bare ankles above [22,6]


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IN OLD BRITTANY their wooden shoes. They were just finishing as Iarrived, and off down the street started the sonneurs.One and all followed, myself included. The pipeswhistled and squealed, the children shouted, the wed-ding guests laughed and talked, windows opened atevery step, the American with the camera was chaffedgood-naturedly. On and on we went, now down atiny alley, now along the water-front, past the silentships at the docks, through the ancient gate and onup the hill, winding around to the street above theriver, and stopping at last before the brides home.Galudec and Recevrec began to pipe again, andonce more everybody danced. The wife of an armyofficer who lived next door courteously offered me herwindow to stand in, so I could photograph down uponthe dancers. It was a beautiful and spontaneous ex-pression of simple gaiety and happiness. The guests,young and old, clasped hands with the bride andgroom and with each other, forming a huge circle, asif for ring-around-a-rosy.


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Taken circa 1913