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Carnival - two very different celebrations

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In many parts of the world around this time of the year carnival in some form or other is taking place and here I'm going to tell you about two very different carnival celebrations.  Originally associated with a big blow out before the restrictions of Lent, depending on the location carnival nowadays isn’t necessarily on during the days just before lent but usually takes place sometime in February-March.  Of course many carnivals do take place in the few days leading up to Lent, but some, like the notorious Notting Hill carnival in London, happen at a completely different time of the year.  Our local carnival on the Côte d’Azur, Carnaval de Nice, lasts just over two weeks and is timed to coordinate with the winter school holidays optimising visitor numbers to the max.  It is in full flow now.

Nice Carnival French Riviera

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10 most popular posts of 2015

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It's that time of year again when I look back and see which posts got seen and which ones didn't.  I do it mainly for myself as I love lists and statistics though I hope my readers enjoy it too.  I make this list from viewing figures which means that posts written earlier in the year have an obvious advantage simply by being around for longer, but I was delighted to find the post in fourth position was written just over 3 months ago.  

Top 10 posts of 2015 Lou Messugo blog

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The Frenchness of Guadeloupe

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For the nineth post in the series on far-flung France we're going back to Guadeloupe, to take another look at this beautiful island, this time from a visitor's point of view.  Our visitor is Rachel, a writer who likes to "take the road less travelled by" on her blog Rachel's Ruminations.

Guadeloupe waterfall

Guest post by Rachel Heller at Rachel's Ruminations

There’s something very odd about how the France and the Caribbean come together in Martinique and Guadeloupe, both of which are “DOM-TOMs,” short for départements et territoires d'outre-mer, or overseas departments and territories.They are officially part of France itself.

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For the fifth post in my series on far-flung France we are off to the Caribbean again, to the island of St Martin. My guest writer today is Susan Hays, a globe-trotting Brit now settled in South-West France having lived all over the world.  Here she tells us about living on the French side of the unusual island of St Martin, a DOM-TOM until 2007, now collectivité d'outre-mer.

looking down at market square Marigot St Martin

Guest post by Susan Hays at Our French Oasis

Writing this on my terrace in the Charente Maritime, the Caribbean seems very far away and a long time ago, but my affection for sun, sea and palm trees has never really diminished, and with good reason. For once - sixteen years ago, we spent a great deal of time in a part of France that had not only all of that, but also a very multi-cutural population, an afro-caribbean vibe that shimmied throughout a mountainous but small island, and which had a shared border without guards that enabled the curious to stand with one foot in France, and one foot in Holland....

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