Jewel of the French Riviera

Referred to as the jewel of the French Riviera with its panoramic sea views, villas, and luxurious surroundings, St. Jean Cap Ferrat also boasts the highest worldwide price tag for real estate property.  Video (in French) HERE

I have walked the coastal walkways around this peninsula, a site for peaceful and breathtaking landscape and sea views, several times.  So it was that I recently was invited to dine en groupe in the town center on the evening of the annual “Grande Nuit Vénitienne,” featuring a parade of costumes, flag throwers, musicians, and other masked entertainers.  Crowds gathered as the parade passed by (they make two rounds) and kids enjoyed their silly string battles – a fun & festive evening in a lovely setting!

 

 

Fête de la Musique (Annual Music Festival)

Other than it being the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer, in France, June 21st is a national event! The music festival sees towns, villages, and cities hosting all types of music and local performers,

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positioned in the streets and in front of cafes and restaurants. It is a family affair, with all ages enjoying the entertainment!

This annual, French tradition has even crossed the pond to New York City, and perhaps, other U.S. cities!

Since I LOVE to dance, I wasn’t about to miss out — so I listened, watched, and danced in the street only until around midnight — I had to get up for work the next morning (the music goes on until about 3:00AM in the Old Town).

Below are some video clips of the evening’s entertainment, so get on your dancing shoes!

Unexpected “Wow” factor!

I suppose, in competing for tourists already in Nice for the annual Carnaval, the Fête du Citron in Menton is held during the same two week period. So, this year, we had our French friends from Montpellier visiting and decided to check out the competition. I knew there would be sculptures made from zillions of lemons and oranges, from seeing publicity photos – it didn’t seem that impressive and I was thinking: OK, seen one figure – seen them all. Wow, was I ever wrong!

We attended the lighted-gardens event in the evening, as this was highly recommended to me as the best one to do, : it was a fenced off park area, so you couldn’t see inside, until you entered through a curtained doorway, after which I stood frozen in awe!

The theme for this year was “Les Regions Françaises” (the Regions of France), and so, the first fruit sculpture was a huge champagne bottle with running water into a glass, lit with a variety of colored lights – it was mesmerizing!

There were stilt walkers, bands, and costumed employees wandering among the crowd, and at a certain pre-announced time, as a bonus attraction, sparklers were set off from the Eiffel Tower sculpture. There was a large crowd strolling around, but the hardest part was getting a clear photo shot – even in looking at these photos, they don’t really convey how beautiful the displays were – but when I look at them, I still think, “Wow!”


(Photos: copyright 24/7 in France)