|A Carnival Float|
Every year in February, the town of Menton on the French Riveria hosts 'La Fête du Citron' during the period of Mardi Gras. This year the Fête runs from the 17th of February to the 7th of March, it attracts around 230,000 visitors and uses 145 tonnes of citrus fruits. http://www.fete-du-citron.com
Attractions include a garden filled with giant sculptures decorated with oranges and lemons, some of these can reach 10 metres high and are based around an annual theme. When we went in 2010, the theme was '100 years of cinema' and scenes from various films were decorated entirely with citrus fruits, this year, the theme is the 'Regions of France'.
Another attraction is the 'corso' or carnival which takes place each Sunday afternoon and Thursday evening during the Fête. The carnival floats are decorated with citrus fruits and dancers and bands come from around the world to participate in this noisy and colourful event.
|Scene from The Gladiator.|
Menton has a few other attractions to recommend it. The recently opened Museum Jean Cocteau which houses the collection of Severin Wunderman is worth visiting for its dramatic architecture as well as the art housed inside. There are also several notable mediterranean gardens, including La Serre de la Madone created in 1924 by Major Lawrence Johnston the owner of the famous Hidcote Manor gardens in England. http://www.jardins-menton.fr/Route-des-jardins-de-la-Riviera.html
|A Citrus King Kong|
To round off this blog, I just wanted to mention that I still have a few items left in my winter sale http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebeccasaix?section_id=10887865 - there are some good reductions plus free shipping in the UK on sale items.
A bientôt, Rebecca.