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I took the train to Menton on the French Riviera - a stone's throw from the Italian border - to take in the superb orange-and-lemon sculptures on show every February/March at the Citrus Festival - February 2016.

 

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france745The Mediterranean coastline of Menton leads to Ventimiglia in Italy

 

france742Looking westward from Vieux Chateau Cemetery, amongst others the resting place of rugby founder William Webb Ellis - Menton

 

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The spires of Saint Michel Archange Basilica lead down to the port and the Baie du Soleil - Menton

 

france685A sunnny day spent sailing near the Plage des Sablettes. The peninsular beyond the palm tree is in Italy - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france680The 17th century Bastion Museum houses works by Jean Cocteau - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The attractive waterfront as seen from the port - Menton

 

france703Saint Michel Archange Basilica rises above the Old Town - Menton

 

france688Boats resting in the old port - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france704The port's a good place to take in the basilica and Old Town - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france701Waterfront buildings of the colourful Old Town - Menton

 

france734The Jean Cocteau Collection Severin Wunderman Museum exhibits many works of writer and artist Jean Cocteau - Menton

 

france728An Old Town side street reveals an art gallery in a shady enclosed square - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france756My reason for coming to Menton was the magnificent sculptures of the Citrus Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france759The 2016 theme was Cinecitta, in other words Italian cinema, and first through the entrance is a scene from La Dolce Vita - Menton

 

france763The Death In Venice set looks mightily impressive - Menton

 

france766A cute gondolier from Death In Venice - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france769All the exhibits are made from a mix of oranges and lemons - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france787I wondered if all the fruit was real but this picture puts that to bed - there's plenty of mouldy oranges! Menton

 

france775This one's my favourite, a reproduction from the film Amarcord - Menton

 

france778 A close up of Federico Fellini's Amarcord set - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france795A scene from the 1957 film White Nights (Notti Bianche) - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france801I've never heard of Poveri Ma Belli - apparently it was called A Girl In Bikini in the UK and Poor But Handsome in the US - Menton

 

france809A buxom female character from Amarcord sits in front of the Palais de l'Europe on Avenue Boyer - Menton

 

france822This display shows how it's all done. Wrap coloured elastic bands around the fruit via a wire mesh. Then repeat and repeat and repeat.. Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france830 Cleopatra sits between two sphinxes - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france844Loving the donkey here - it's another Federico Fellini movie The Clowns - Menton

 

france846Oranges for the nose, lemons for the cheeks - Menton

 

france854There's also a lumiere version of the festival at night - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france853Dancers perform in front of the Death In Venice set - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france857Stilt performers on show at the 'Jardins de Lumieres' - Menton

 

france862One more Fellini film, this time the award winning 8½ - Menton

 

france865Climb up the pedestrian bridge and view the sculptures along the Jardin de Bioves - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france869Even Cleopatra herself made an appearance - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france718Radiating away from St Michel Archange Basilica are the pretty, narrow streets of the Old Town - Menton

 

france711They're relatively quiet when compared to the touristy, cafe-and-shop-lined Rue Saint Michel - Menton

 

france714The quiet areas are up the slopes of the historic quarter, with the busier section at sea level - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france716A great door-knocker in the Old Town - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france715The narrow streets open out to reveal the Saint Michel Archange Basilica - Menton

 

france709On the left is the Saint Michel Archange Basilica, with the Penitents Blancs Chapel straight ahead - Menton

 

france708A window ledge in the Old Town - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france880Not content with the Jardin de Bioves exhibition alone, there's also carnival-style parades during the festival - Menton

 

france886The parades host plenty of dancers, musicians and performers to complement the citrus floats - Menton

 

france891With an Italian theme there has to be a fiat on show. But the driver looks a cross between Jack Nicholson and Kim Jong-Un - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france881A close up of a Venetian mask. Citrus style of course - Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france894A sphinx prepares to take to the streets - Menton

 

france899A few minutes later Cleopatra joins the sphinx - Menton

 

france922Another Egyptian goddess poses for photos - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france905Some of the masked performers looked quite spooky - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france907A stilts-woman dressed in bright colours - Menton

 

france912Next up were the sexier Brazilian-style samba dancers - Menton

 

france916Respect for them as it's gotta be cold! It's less than 10°C on a grey February day - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france926These women were also showing off a samba vibe - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france932The droplets on this photo aren't raindrops but confetti blasted out from the carnival floats - Menton

 

france934As Italian as pasta, it's good to see the Vespa on show - Menton

 

france935A close up of a Vespa wheel, lined with oranges and lemons - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france937I was greedy and went to the night parade too - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france941Jack Nicholson/Kim Jong-Un makes a re-appearance in the evening - Menton

 

france949Dog, cat, tiger, leopard, other? You decide but s/he's cute - Menton

 

france943This woman stood in (and operated) a remote-controlled buggy, which was entirely covered with her dress. Now that's what I call multi-tasking - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france940The sphinx falls under the Italian theme due to the ties between ancient Rome and Egypt - Menton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france954Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is little more than 10 minutes by train from Menton,heading westwards

 

france955The town has an attractive setting, built on the slopes of a small peninsula but it was a cold, wet day. Maybe another time! Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

 

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LINKS

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

www.francemonthly.com

www.tourism-Menton.co.uk - guide to Menton

http://uk.franceguide.com - French tourist office

www.voyages-sncf.com - French trains

 

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