Cote d'Azur Journals

Celebration Time

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A travel journal to Cote d'Azur by TianjinPaul

Rio in Menton Photo, Menton, France More Photos
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The King is Dead ... Until Next Year

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There were many reasons that I was desperately looking forward to the emf of the Nice Carnival. First, the disruption to tram services and to traffic caused by the closing of roads in the city centre would cease. Second, I had quickly grown tired of young children throwing confetti at me any time I was close to Place Massena. These two points probably make me sound tremendously grouchy. Thankfully, there was also another aspect of the Carnival that I was looking forward to - the Grand Finale.The Finale was scheduled to take place on a Sunday evening and was set to feature a huge firework display. I was excited, but also a little reticent at this prospect. I was excited because the firework...Read More
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My girlfriend and I were sat on the train heading from Nice to Menton and were casually discussing the day ahead. We were on the way to see the Menton Citrus Festival, a giant celebration of oranges and lemons (curiously no limes though) that would feature giant sculptures of citrus fruit and a citrus themed parade. I was very excited (ok, mildly excited about this). However, as we passed Monaco, my girlfriend really managed to grab my attention when she told me there was also going to an orchid festival in town.I am no great horticulturist, but I find orchids tremendously beautiful and I was genuinely looking forward to seeing some on display. I had in mind, a giant botanical garden full ...Read More

Lemon Parade

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Rio in Menton Photo, Menton, France
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The Festival du Citron Festival in Menton is an annual event that celebrates the oranges and lemons grown in the region close to the Italian border. It is a truly unusual event that is certainly worth the visit. My girlfriend and I attended this year and passed a very enjoyable time in the Lemon Garden, which included scores of sculptures crafted from lemons and oranges depicting various regions of France.The festival also includes a parade that features floats bedecked in oranges and lemons. We had opted to give the parade a miss as admittance was a rather steep 18Euros. However, we were lucky enough to find an attendant who was letting people slip in for the last hour free f charge. Ther...Read More

Menton Lemon Garden

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Alsace in Lemons Photo, Menton, France
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When my girlfriend suggested a trip to Menton to enjoy the Festival Du Citron - which roughly translates to Lemon Festival – I was not amused. Why on earth would I want to go and see a bunch of lemons? However, she insisted that it would be a fantastic trip. As one might expect, her persistence won the day and I found myself on the train from Nice to Menton on a rather brisk Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, the trip proved to be much better than I would have imagined. The festival is made up of several different aspects. The main part is a garden that is made of different sculptures crafted out of lemons and organs. On the festival’s website, which I checked before we left, it showed scenes f...Read More

Second Time Lucky

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Carnival King Photo, Cote d'Azur, France
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I had been living in Nice for barely a week in 2011 when the city's carnival burst into life. On the opening night, my new work colleagues and I attended the main parade (which is always free). We stood in Place Massena and admired the many bizarre floats and balloons that made up the event. I stood there, squashed in on all sides by large crowds snapping photos for my Facebook page. I was extremely excited to be getting a touch of culture just days after touching down on the Riviera.As great as getting some early culture was, the carnival itself was actually pretty disappointing. In fact, it was very disappointing. The theme was 'The Sea' (quite apt for the Cote d'Azur). This meant the en...Read More