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Sanremo – a Day at the Market

  Sanremo is one of my favourite places to visit and it’s only 40 kilometres from Menton.  Hop a train in Menton – change in Ventimiglia, the first stop in Italy, and from there it’s about 15 minutes.    Market day is a good day to go  – Saturday or Tuesday, whether it be for the great food on sale – or if you want a bargain.  You can even buy Italian viagra in Sanremo market – read on!  The market has always had a reputation as a place where you could buy a fake Chanel or fake anything from some ..
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How many oranges and lemons to make Mary Poppins?

Be warned – there is a lot of orange and yellow coming up, so perhaps put on a pair of sunglasses… Menton’s celebrated Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) is in full swing at the moment, which means the town is heaving and it’s impossible to find anywhere to park – but of course it’s all great fun. Each year there is a different theme and this year it’s ‘Broadway!’    Preparations for the floats and static ‘motifs’ began months ago: a metal frame is constructed for each exhibit or float which is then covered in wire netting and each lemon or ..
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The Ligurian village destroyed in the 1887 earthquake … and now!

  (En français à la fin de la page …) Dear Friends, The tragedy of recent earthquakes in Italy got me thinking about one of my favourite villages in Liguria.   Bussana Vecchia is a 9th century Ligurian hill village, not far from San Remo.  it’s always on the list of places to visit when friends come to stay. Many people have never heard of it,  for one simple reason.  Indeed it wasn’t even shown on a map until relatively recently, because the village was destroyed in the massive earthquake of February 23rd, 1887.    2000 people were killed in the region ..
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Plastic Fantastic…or how to see the world a little differently!

(En français à la fin de la page) Hello dear friends, This is fun! Taking photos not through glass but through plastic.   Years ago, I photographed a table of diners in a Menton restaurant through the plastic protection of a restaurant terrace and was surprised (pleasantly surprised) at the distortion this gives to the image.  Often, the eye doesn’t see it at the time of taking the photo but once home, and on the computer, it can have the feel of  an impressionist painting.  And it is just one click.  It’s important though to focus ‘through’ the plastic and onto ..
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New Year in a French village

When I was young, really young, New Year’s Eve was a big deal. Major dressing up to impress the boyfriend of the day and then, at midnight, would he kiss me first? How important it was that I got the first kiss of the year and if I didn’t – well it seemed the end of the world had arrived. Since living in France, sometimes I celebrate with a few friends or stay at home with my dogs – which suits me fine. That way at least, I know I’ll get my midnight kiss, so long as I stay awake, ..
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