Menton is a grace, a treasure in the French Riviera. Without much spotlight, luxury and Hollywood stars as their neighbors, scattered around the Riviera, the city is full of bossa, fascination and seduction.
Almost with one foot in Italy, Menton is the last city in France. Place that Queen Victoria chose to stay when he met the region of the French Riviera. Some doubt that the place is amazing?
Known as the Lemon city, because the amount of crops, fruit blooms almost all year round and so the city wins the citrus aroma and intense colors spread to every corner you look.
citronFor us the lemon, is the star of the local cuisine.
So if you like that ingredient will be happy with the amount of products that are manufactured with him in this city: limoncello, lemon ice cream, olive oil with lemon, lemon jam, preserved lemon, lime soap, lemon essence and so on ...
If not already enough, know that the amount of lime produced in the city is so great that annually takes place Fete du Citron. Yes, lemon festival, which usually occurs at the time between February and March. Three-week festival, 140 tons of lime to build cars, towers and sculptures with fruit.
Do not worry, that everything is not wasted and what was art for the eyes at the end become art for our taste. They saw jams and jellies.
Go through the streets of Menton was affectionate, sweet and soft, no sour and acid like lemon.
We started at center-history.
Picturesque narrow streets invite you to walk and explore each of the city's streets. The colorful buildings of amuse and delight those watching in contrast colors. Yellow with blue, orange windows with green shutters ...
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Restaurants move forward on the sidewalk, just calling you to choose one and sit.
We choose and sit!
We ordered a beer to ease the heat. The setting could not be better: outdoor table with tall trees blocking the sun in bother. Ear a mixture of French and Italian background and listened to the voice of a gray-haired gentleman singing Ipanema girl with a nice accent, and the villain followed every note of that song. I felt at home!
The beer was almost gone and the next stop would be on the beach.
But I did not want to be right on the beach, feet in the sand. I really wanted to stand in front of the beach: He, I, the sea and the colorful buildings.
A bright and vibrant art scene facades overlooking the sandy shores.
For this, we need to walk to the stone barrier that invaded the sea, carefully walk on the rocks, and find our little corner of delight.
We take the time to admire. If there's one thing I like to do in my travels is this: to admire! Well, that's what I did! Besides us, only a few seagulls were the perfect company for the moment and even the noise they made sounded like music to the ear.
The town has the Basilica Saint-Michel-Archange, which is high above the city. After a little carelessness on the stones and a twisted foot acabaou our tour there. Has given neither to be sad, my tourist heart had already fallen in love with Menton, the city of lemon.
Monaco is very close to Menton, you can make the two cities on the same day.