Last weekend I was a guest at Bulles de Neige, a BD festival in the ski town of Valberg. It was my first signing ("dédicace") in France, and one of the best times of my life!
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I took a train from Paris to Lyon, flew to Nice, and then took a shuttle bus 90 minutes up into the mountains to Valberg. I spent the weekend eating French and Italian comfort foods (vin chaud, chocolat chaud, raclette...), skiing, and signing books for festival attendees. I'm told this is not your average French festival, but I couldn't help thinking every 5 minutes or so, 'OMG French artists are so LUCKY!!' If you EVER get the chance to do this show, take it!!! :D
(The Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport has a slide!)
This is what winter looks like on the French Riviera.
I was so impressed with the festival's organization, from transportation to food to book shipping (thanks to BD Fugue!). When I arrived, I received a packet with all of the information I might need, including contact info for the festival organizer and book sellers, some swag, and my ski pass.
I saw the festival advertised everywhere -- even on the lift poles on the mountain!
All of the restaurants had festival advertisements, often as place-mats on the tables.
View out the hotel window!
Unharmed by the slopes!
I'm so grateful for this experience!