Dieppe - Part Two
The bus to Paris picked us up around 1 a.m. for the three hour ride.
My flight wasn't until 11, but the Ukrainian team had an earlier plane and that's what determined the schedule. Welcome to international kite travel!!
Forty national delegations had filled the tents all week and greeted thousands and thousands of guests. Fortunately, not everyone flew at the same time or the small areas would have been overwhelmed. Larger kites shifted to the pebble beach behind the pavilions and art or cultural kites proliferated on the grass.
Some of the best known and talented kiters were present in Dieppe. Mischele Gressier and Gerard Clement filled a French exhibition. Claudio Capelli's work was on display at City Hall. John Pollock represented the USA.
There were appliqued kites from Australia, South Africa, Belgium, England, and Israel.
Larger inflatables were displayed by Peter Lynn, Rolf Zimmerman, Team Awita, Robert VanWeers, and myself. And of course, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, VietNam, Korea, Japan, and China showed hand crafted indigenous kites.
Dieppe simply presented the very best kites from around the entire world.
The ten day event had gone quickly. It was sad to say good bye to old friends on Sunday, but reassuring to know we'd meet again on another field somewhere. Susan will be waiting at the airport in a few hours and I'll sleep in my own bed tonight.
I've got two new pieces stuffed in my bags for the trip home. I'm calling them the "Tattooed Fish"
Designed by Peter Lynn Ltd in New Zealand, the new fish design was introduced in Dieppe. They measure about 60 feet. You'll be able to see them in Sunfest, Seal Beach, or Lincoln City over the next three weeks.
How much are they? To be honest, I don't know yet. So please don't tell Susan about them until I get the bill sorted out....
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