Carolyn's and Tom's Trips to France from 2009 to 2015
Monday, February 25, 2013
Only in France: The Menton Lemon Festival
We had a day off today and took the train to Menton, a lovely resort town on the Italian border, to check out the annual Lemon Festival. They create a park full of huge displays made entirely of oranges, lemons, and flowers (as well as parades with floats made of fruit, night-time displays, and other events). The theme this year was Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days and the amazing citrus displays depicted various places in the world visited by Phileas Fogg on his voyage. The fruit are attached to the huge display frames with elastic bands. This year the displays consumed 120 tons (!) of citrus and a million elastic bands. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images. Only in France!
Note the fruit and flower mosaics on the ground
English trains; note Big Ben in the background
Phileas Fogg’s balloon, made entirely of citrus, flowers, and foilage.