Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, French-Italian border, France

Menton is a French commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, located on the French-Italian border, close to the Principality of Monaco, and a famous tourist resort on the French Riviera. The border town on the Italian side is Ventimiglia. Lemon is one of the symbols of the city, thanks to its Mediterranean climate citrus trees bear fruit. Since 1928 the lemon fesival held every year in February. Known for its old town with its narrow streets and colorful facades and its stunning monument, the Basilica St Michel and Long Street with its art workshops. To see: the City hotel, the casino with Bioves garden (located on a large driveway where the Lemon Festival takes place every year), the St. Paul Garavan area with beautiful properties and magnificent gardens that surround them, Carnolès Palace (former home of Antoine 1er de Monaco) today Museum of Fine Arts and which garden is home to the main collection of citrus in France; the Pian (sloping garden with just olive trees like planting), Bastion located in the port that received the Jean Cocteau Museum, the Palace of Europe, the Riviera (ex-hotel), the villa Tempe à Pailla, the Monastery of Annunciation, among others. His most famous beaches are: Sablettes, Rondelli and Hawaii.

Tips

Menton is an ideal city for holidays throughout the year thanks to its Mediterranean climate. You will find accommodation for all tastes and budgets even that many restaurants and shops.
If you want to know the area, you can rent a car or motorcycle or just use public transport. You can take the train or a bus that takes you to Nice or Monaco.

Kawachi Fuji Garden, Kitakyushu, Japan

Located in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, straight from an impressionnist paint, Kawachi Fuji Garden is home to an incredible 150 Wisteria flowering plants spanning 20 different species. The garden’s main attraction is the Wisteria tunnel that allows visitors to walk down an enchanting tunnel exploding with colour.

Tips

Located about 6 hours from Tokyo, the best time to visit it, is from late April to mid May, typically peaking at the end of April. The garden is private so there is an entry fee. Stay in one of those typical Japanese guest’s house, you will be enchanted.

 

Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco

Jemaa el Fna Square is one of the main traditional and historical attractions of tourism in Morocco, located in Marrakech, near the Koutoubia Mosque and the souks and the Royal Palace, it belongs to UNESCO heritage. It is a lively place with lots of popular attractions such as snake charmers, fire-eaters, monkey tamers, acrobats, women who try to predict your future, tattoo artists with henna, orange juice squeezed even as street vendors and Moroccan craft vendors. There are grills that sell snacks to the tourists but it is best if you go to the restaurants that are around the square for hygiene and peace as you will be approached by a lot of vendors while you try to see all this animation. A visit in the afternoon is not the same as in the evening when it is much busier and there are more vendors. You can also take a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the city.

Tips

If you do not like to be approached by vendors of all sorts, it’s better not to visit the square because it can disturb you enough but if you want to know the real life of this special place, you should know that everything has a price even a photo, so ask before making a regret because you’ll be asked for money in a very insistent way.
If you are a little more adventurous, you can pose for a photo with the snake on your shoulders.
If you want to see this whole movement but more quietly, enjoy a restaurant terrace where you can take beautiful pictures of the square too.
If you care to buy something, you should always negotiate the price.