You know we all have towns that we pass through to get to where we’re going, right? For me that town was Menton. It’s a seaside village in France which borders on Italy. I was not really that aware of it since I am usually on the highway whenever I’ve driven to Nice, Aix en Provence, Grasse, or even Eze for that matter. To put it in a nutshell, the south of France and its coastline are kinda familiar to me. In fact, I’ve even hiked up the mountain from Ville Franche and climbed down the other side to end up in Nice.
All these places have been on my radar for years. So how did I miss Menton? Then one lazy summer, a Canadian friend wrote to me and said she was going to be staying near me in Menton! I had no idea where that was so I got a map out and saw for myself.
The next time, which was last winter, I drove through Menton for the first time. It is a charming, somewhat modern French town with a nice seaside boardwalk. We stopped and had a yummy lunch of fresh mussels and on our way back to the car I noticed that they were taking down a very large stucture made of oranges and lemons. Turned out, we just missed their annual Citrus Festival.
Well guess what? This year I didn’t miss it! And if you are in the region, you won’t miss it either because it is still on and the last day is March 2nd, so what are you waiting for?
And a big thank you goes out to the Fiat 500 Club because they publicized it in their newsletter, and also my old pal Lee-Anne for mentioning Menton and to my good friends Jo and Weege for coming with me for a fun day.
Enjoy the photos…can you believe that these structures are made from fresh lemons and oranges? I wonder if anyone bothered to count how many kilos they used? Oh, and the Fiat 500’s were also in the parade…too cute!