If you enter the supermarket, you can’t get miss it; everywhere are high-pitched walls made with candy buckets and boxes. This Haribo tsunami is of course for young children who get a lot of sweets from their parents in France; literal sweetheads for in the car, on their way to Grandpa and Grandma. The school holidays have therefore begun again in France. That means restaurants and beach clubs can not yet store beach chairs and mattresses because it just stays 25 degrees on the Cote d’Azur. We call this typical ‘Rivella weather’: a little weird but nice. We also do not manage to store our diving glasses with snorkel, parasol and inflatable lounge beds in the garage. My skies stare strangely at me and ask if they can get a wax treatment. Skiing seems so far away, even though the skiing season officially begins in a little five weeks. The official Meteo barometer in France has reportedly said that it has never been so dry for so long. And they keep up the stand since 1959 so if you think this weather is normal; it is not.
Also for the next nine days the weather report says sunny and…..dry. Whoever is no longer dry in the eyes is the committee behind La Plaine du Var’s plans. For many years, they fought to give the hinterland of Nice a commercial boost. Licenses were issued to IKEA, for example, to build a superstore and in return for this, 290 more homes. But now the appeal is launched against the decision and plans are put on hold. A group of French leftists who are against Franchise Chains (I do not make this up) wants the plans off the table. For those who wanted to buy a Swedish wooden lamp or a polyester bear mat in 2020, as expected, plans will now have to wait longer than 2020. And so we are not only waiting for rain and snow, but also for IKEA.
Fortunately, the dolphins and whales do not care about anything from those strange people on the land; they come close to the coast as they do every year. A group of thirteen dolphins was seen in front of Hotel Negresco, a ten-meter whale swam suddenly in Marseille’s harbor and at Villefranche we were able to see a mother’s dolphin playful with her child in the still warm sea (VIDEO). Perhaps the animals were also curious about the latest scientific project that takes about 40 miles to the coast at Toulon. People are busy to catch information about atmospheric neutrinos. Are you interested in this KM3NeT project that has a lot of similarities with the new Star Trek Discovery series, more information about the atmospheric sea telescope can be found here.
Science clearly does not suffer from economic recession; after all, we need clever people with plans to ultimately make Earth better. Therefore, Nice is introducing special tax benefits for young innovative startups, hoping that more international people will come to the Côte d’Azur with ideas. It is the first French city to launch such an initiative and it fits with the desired international appearance.
Finally, some nice international events for the coming month:
Jazz sous les Bigaradiers – LA GAUDE
16 to 25 November 2017
Six days long jazz concerts in the romantic mountain village of La Gaude, near Nice. Come and listen to delicious jazz at different locations.
Tel. 33 (0) 4 93 59 41 52
Salon du Palais Gourmand – CAGNES SUR MER
from 09 to 13 November 2017
10h-20h (10h-19h monday)
Hippodrome de la Côte d’Azur
The annual gourmet feast in the Hippodrome in Cagnes sur Mer. The smell of horses blends with delicious local wines and gourmet delights. Discover, try and buy; Salon du Palais Gourmand is a delicious household fair for the connoisseur.
Access 8 euro
Tel. 33 (0) 4 94 52 80 80