Rita Crane Photography: Twilight in Old Town Menton, French Riviera

[Voir ci-dessous pour l'explication en francais].

Menton was formerly a fishing village owned by the Prince of Monaco. It became part of France in 1861, but is very close to Italy being the last town before the border. One might almost be in Italy, except baguettes are sold here. ;o)

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A bientot! More Menton tomorrow. =)

 

From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menton

"Menton (IPA: [mɑ̃tɔ̃]; Occitan: Menton in classical norm or Mentan in Mistralian norm; Italian: Mentone) is a town and commune in the Alpes-Maritimes département of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région of France. It has been called the most beautiful town on the French Riviera, and its nickname is La perle de la France ("The pearl of France").

 

Menton is located on the Franco-Italian border, within the confines of the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Alps. It boasts a warm micro-climate favorable to lemon, tangerine, and orange groves.

 

The fishing industry was devastated in the 1980s and 1990s when the "killer Algae" Caulerpa taxifolia (a non-native Asian tropical green algae first discovered in the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 1984) that was introduced to the local environment spread throughout the coastal sea floor decimating the local fish life.

 

Menton was founded by the Count of Ventimiglia as château de Puypin (ca. 1000) and inhabited by Ligurian people. It was owned by the Grimaldi family from 1346 until 1848, before breaking away from the principality of Monaco and, after civil unrest, was sold to France for 4 million francs in 1861. This sovereignty was officially recognised by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. During the 19th century, Menton became popular for its warm climate, and many famous people chose to vacation in the town.

 

During World War II, Menton was annexed by Italy following the Fall of France in 1940. Menton enjoyed a steady flow of goods and services during this period as an example of the benefits of Italian government, but French residents were forced to assimilate into Italian culture. In 1943, German forces took control of the city. Menton was liberated by the Allies on September 8, 1944.

 

Menton was devastated by the conflict and it was not until the 1960s that its reconstruction was concluded. Since then, it has regained its appeal as a tourist destination."

 

A FEW OLD POSTCARDS OF MENTON: www.oldstratforduponavon.com/menton

 

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