Everywhere we looked. The trees were full of blossom,
street plantings were bright and pretty,
parks sported swathes of tulips.
Lovely wooden houses lined the cobbled streets
and that famous sea front sparkled in the sunshine !
Friendly locals were happy to chat when they served you in the cafes on the foreshore and filled us in about the events of their National Day which we were lucky enough to share.
It started early with cannons going off at 7 o'clock as many hurried along the chilly streets decked out in their National costume.
then came the parade with anyone who wished joining in - only the first parade of the day !
It seems that the great majority own a National dress costume and wear it proudly on these occasions
It was a time for proud family photos.
The costumes vary with regions and this one is particularly lovely.
proudly worn by young and old .
The one below comes from a different region.
The march finished in this pretty square by the lake with speeches from the Prime Minister and the Mayor.
Most people were clutching a bag with drinks and women were carrying platesful of goodies . Everyone seemed to be heading somewhere to a party with friends and the streets were alive with happy voices.
Lovely memories of a delightful place.