It will probably shock no one to hear that Easter in the South of France is a pretty subtle affair. Well, certainly subtle in terms of decoration - you won't find any giant pink baskets, artificial grass, or oversized bunnies here. On the other hand, there are elegant Easter eggs a-plenty, artful baskets, and boutiques offering the latest home deco in bright, Spring colors.
And, above all, Easter in the South is about the religious celebration - starting with the traditional blessing of the "rameaux" (branches) during Palm Sunday (pictured below), through Good Friday and the culmination of Catholic festivities on Easter Sunday.
Personally, I'm counting the days until I can crack into one of those delicious chocolate eggs. I've been passing the Jeff de Bruges chocolate boutique these past weeks (above photo) hovering in the window & marveling at their dark wonders.
We'll be celebrating Easter Sunday with grilled lamb, a Mediterranean salad (heavy doses of mint), and a bottle or two of Cremant - France's "other sparkling wine". And did I mention I brought some Perugina "Baci" chocolates back from Italy that have been on "stand-by" for about a month? I've you don't hear from me for awhile, I've potentially slipped into a chocolate coma - nothing personal.
How are you celebrating the Easter holiday? Is food featured prominently in your festivities as well?
Happy Easter, Bon, e Buona Pasqua!