April 15, 2012

Tall ships & petanque - April 29, 2012

Two French Navy schooners are on the way from Brest to Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island) for a weekend of R&R before heading to Jacksonville, Savannah, Annapolis, Philly and New York: sister ships L'Etoile and La Belle Poule ("the Star" and "the Pretty Hen").

We'll welcome the sailors with open arms. And treat them to a wonderful petanque tournament / festival along the river. What better way to celebrate friendship. May the best win!

Video clip of l'Etoile's visit to Cannes and Monaco last summer. Gives you a pretty good idea of the atmosphere on board:

The ships are here to celebrate the 450th anniversary of French Captain Jean Ribault's arrival in Florida in 1562.

Fernandina Beach events
Jacksonville events

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