Thursday, 13 June 2013

Nice, France I :: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur ::

I had a magnificent time in Nice, France! It was few months back in March, which means this has been in my draft since then.. well I know you guys probably don't care. :P The weather was great not as cold as in England, it was a beautiful seaside city on the French Riviera; overall, it was a perfect getaway in March! :D :D :D

On the afternoon of that day we first arrived Nice, we decided to visit Menton by train for its best known event, its annual Lemon Festival. Thank you Timmy, Alice and her love ones, I had a splendid time in France with y'all. /grin

-Entrance to the citrus sculpture garden!-

The 80th anniversary of Menton's famed Lemon Festival (La Fête du Citron in French), an event pretty unique in the world held from February 16 to March 6. It was an annual celebration of citrus and this year theme was "Around the World in 80 Days" (Le Tour du Monde en 80 Jours) featured impressive sculptures made of oranges and lemons. An elephant made of oranges? A temple made of lemons and oranges? Yyyuumm, the long and narrow garden was filled with large, intricate creations! It was indeed a mind blowing experience. :))

"La Fête du Citron® a 80 ans et toute sa saveur! Pas un zeste de vieillesse à l’horizon, elle est prête à tout pour continuer à nous impressionner." (The Lemon Festival® is 80 years old this year and full of flavor! Not a hint of age on the horizon, it is ready to do anything to continue to impress us.)
For its 80th year, this year’s sculptures were inspired to the pages of Jules Verne from his classic adventure novel, "Around the World in 80 days". Its forewords indicated that in his book, Jules Verne makes the acute observation that this race against the clock is in itself a trivial pursuit. ❝Phileas Fogg was not travelling, rather he was tracing a circumference, plotting an orbit around the earthly sphere in accordance with the laws of rational mechanics.❞ So, it is the many incidents and setbacks during the adventure that give the story its freshness, suspense and tad bit piquancy.

Timmy and I were trying to imitate the old man sculpture behind us who carried two buckets of veges strung from a wooden carrying pole rested on his shoulders. Apparently, it was a failed attempt where I looked like a complete retard. =| Anywayy.. :D
Citrus??? For the record, there are different kinds of citrus fruit- oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and limes. These fruit has been farming in an ever-widening area in modern era since ancient times.  

La Fête du Citron, this event was the second biggest public event in the Côte d'Azur, just after the Carnaval de Nice- one of the world's major carnival events, which I will blog about it very soon.  

Citronnade! ╍●‿●╍
I think pretty much that's it. Ah waaait.. nooo, not yet. Next up is all about carnival in Nice (Carnaval de Nice). You wouldn't want to miss out the next coming up post, it is one mind-boggling event. /meh

xo Shirnie

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