During a visit to the Washington D.C. area, I took the Orange Line of the Metro into the city. It suddenly dawned on me, how confused a non-English speaker could be, when faced with these transportation signs. I immediately thought of the automated ticket machines in Paris, for non-French speakers, as a comparison. We tend to take it for granted that things are easy, so I tried to put myself in someone else’s shoes – as a type of role reversal. Have you encountered this type of situation?
We all scream for ice cream — especially with summer and tourist season just around the corner here in Nice.
“Berthillon” is to Paris as “Fenocchio” is to Nice
Here’s the scoop!
29-31 rue Saint Louis en l’ile (Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm)
_ ligne 7 station Pont Marie
_ ligne 1 station Saint Paul
_ lignes 9 & 10 station Cardinal Lemoine
BUS : lignes
86 / 87 / 63 / 67 / 24
Fenocchio, located in the heart of Old Nice at Place Rosetti, is a well-known and offers around 98 flavors of ice cream/sorbet (one of my top five sites in Nice). Long lines are common during high tourist season.
Address (two locations in Old Nice):
2, Place Rossetti near St. Reparate Cathedral – 9:00am – Midnight (non-stop)
6, rue de la Poissonerie near Cours Saleya market – 9:00am – Midnight (non-stop except Tuesday)
What flavor(s) would you choose?
• The Nice Jazz Festival will run from July 8-12, 2013
• AutoBleue stations are under construction in Villefranche and Beaulieu, with 28 stations targeted to be ready in 2013
• The newly constructed green park (Coulée Verte) in the center of Nice will be officially named the “Promenade du Paillon”
• A new tunnel is being constructed between Nice and Monaco, projected to be completed in two years
• By 2020, high speed broadband will reach remote communities in the PACA region, with all of France having Internet before 2022
• The Musée Oceanographique in Monaco will host a permanent exhibition all year long, themed “The Mediterranean Splendid – Fragile Living”
• Nice airport has a full body scanner for checking international travelers, reportedly the only French airport with one, so only volunteers are scanned, instead of the typical walk-through metal detectors
• Nice’s airport is in the top ten listing for the world’s most scenic airplane landings, from a survey by an air charter company
• Virgin Megastore in Nice will be closing
• IKEA will be opening in the Eco-Nice Saint Isidore area, targeted for 2016
• The Palais Mediterranée was voted 18th best luxury hotel in Trip Advisor’s list of best hotels in France
• The Palais de la Mediterranée hotel and casino in Nice will be renamed Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranée, and Hôtel Martinez in Cannes will be officially named Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez,following a new management agreement under the Hyatt family of hotels; both hotels will also be renovated
• A new site shows where you can drop-off electronic equipment for recycling, as well as where to donate other goods (www.eco-systemes.fr )
• Renault Twingo and the Smart Fortwo are the two top cars in France for thefts
• France has been repeatedly voted to have the world’s best quality of life by International Living magazine, with 79 million tourists last year
Source: Riviera Times, Connexion, Riviera Reporter
London to Aix-en-Provence trains will begin running every Saturday in May and June, stopping in Lyon and Avignon.
Prices are €99 in standard class Lyon-London and €199 in premier, rising to €109 standard and €249 premier for Aix-London.
The first train leaves St Pancras on May 4 at 7h17 and arrives 4h43 later in Lyon Part-Dieu, 5h52 later in Avignon and 6h17 later in Aix at 14h34.
However, travellers heading from France to London will face longer journey times due to customs checks needing to be made at Lille. On the London outbound services these checks are done before boarding at St-Pancras.
Trains leave Aix at 15h57, Avignon at 16h21 and Lyon at 17h38 to arrive in London at 22h39. The Aix-London journey takes seven hours 42 minutes.
I met some friends for lunch, who suggested going to an Italian restaurant located in La Zone Pietonne (pedestrian zone) in Nice, since the ‘specials of the day’ menu (plat du jour) is simple and good cooking for a good price. That combination worked for me, so off we went. Had some Rosé wine as well, bien sûr!
The restaurant is centrally located and all in all, it was an OK meal. But, I left craving french fries!
It’s been years since I’ve seen or even thought about square dancing, although I do love to dance. So, I was very curious to see a local town’s square dance demonstation, fully aware that country dancing is very popular in France.
The first thing I noticed was that the dancers were all ages, not just middle-aged, making up about 8-10 foursomes. And, the caller sang all the group dance moves and was decidedly did not a French accent. As I listened to calls of “promenade,” “a la main left” and “dos-a-dos” I became even more curious about the history and “language” of square dancing – maybe it is French after all!
A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square. Square dances were first documented in 17th century England but were also quite common in France and throughout Europe. They came to North America with the European settlers and have undergone considerable development there. In some countries and regions, through preservation and repetition, square dances have attained the status of a folk dance.
The Western American square dance may be the most widely known form worldwide except dances from China and India, possibly due to its association in the 20th century with the romanticized image of the American cowboy. Square dancing is, therefore, strongly associated with the United States of America. Nineteen US states have designated it as their official state dance.
Calls/Language: From Allemande German, originally from Latin allemanus, + Left NOT “a la main” (so much for that theory!)
Are there any other differences in the videos – French vs. American square dancing?