France - Menton Riviera

by Kimp 21. February 2015 16:23

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Menton is on the eastern edge of the French Riviera. It borders the Italian Riviera and feels more like Italy then France to me. That's because it's a little run down, but still very sweet in it's own way.

Menton has a warm microclimate and is Europe's largest Citrus producer.

Mediterranean Cuisine

If you have ever heard of the Mediterranean diet. It probably has its roots in or near Menton. It consists mostly of lots of vegetables. The protein is mostly from legumes and fish. And of course fruit. 

People who eat this way last an average of 7 years longer then people who don't.

Menton's Vegetable market opens at 5:00 A.M. every day and closes at 1:00 P.M. They are early risers and know how to enjoy the nice afternoons. 

Lemon Festival

Menton say's goodbye to winter and welcomes Spring  with a huge Lemon festival every year. It always starts in the middle of February (that right spring in the middle of February) and lasts 14 days. Bringing in about 250,000 people. 

With large structures and features based around a common theme, made of lemon's and other citrus fruits. Bands in the streets and on trailers. A golden parade with lots of fruit floats and also a night time parade. 

They have been doing this for over 100 years and have it down to a science. 

Beaches

It seems like there are more beaches in Menton then there is city. At least 6 that bask in seemingly constant sun light. Bring the extra dark sun glasses.

History

Menton was once part of Monaco, but it seceded in 1848 after a revolt over the high taxes that Monaco place on it's Lemon exports. They were independent for a few years, then were annexed by Napoleon and became part of France.


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Jimmer
2/23/2015 10:40:30 PM #

But I don't see anywhere I can park a Cadillac Escalade?  I guess their was no Escalade chariot when the Romans came through.  Reminds me of drinking Limoncello in Italy, tangy lemon flavored liquor served over ice.  Very nice blue water and if I strike it rich, I would like some mosaic work.

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Craig
3/15/2015 1:38:10 AM #

Nice.
Thanks for sharing.

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