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Colors of Provence - Cote d’Azur - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

The local culture and traditions of Provence are reflected in its beautiful holidays. Local people have being celebrating important religious dates and participating in colorful carnivals and music festivals for hundreds of years. The cultural calendar is full of modern and unusual holidays; one of the brightest and most awaited festivals is Carnaval de Nice.
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Carnival starts in the second half of February and usually lasts for two weeks. It is attended by hundreds of well-known actors from different countries. The rich program of carnival includes music and theatrical performances. The Battle of Flowers is considered to be the culmination of the event. The incredibly beautiful platform decorated with flowers passes through the English Promenade. There are beautiful girls on it in outfits made​of flowers. Carnaval in Nice is an incredibly popular event; annually it is visited by more than a million foreign visitors.
Marseille hosts a very beautiful religious festival, Procession à la Madone. The religious celebration is held on 15th August. The holiday program begins in the square at the Cathedral. The gilded statue of the Virgin Mary is taken out of the Cathedral; the solemn procession passes through ancient streets accompanied by thousands of people. During the procession, anyone can put his rosary on statue’s hands or tie a handkerchief to her mantle. It is believed that anyone can reckon on the protection of the Virgin during the year after this symbolic ritual; the next holiday be sure to repeat it. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Avignon became the permanent venue for one of the world's biggest theater festivals. The first festival was held in 1947. Usually it is held in July. At the time of the festival the whole city turns into one huge theater stage; interesting performances are held right on busy streets and squares. It would be interesting even to those who are not so fond of theater; it will win its guests with unique atmosphere of solemnity and romance. Music fans will like MANCA Festival dedicated to contemporary music; it is held in Nice. Usually the holiday takes place in the second half of November.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Provence - Cote d’Azur
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Havre, Le Havre, 11.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Ancienne cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Lisieux, 42.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Carmel de Lisieux, Lisieux, 42.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Sainte-Thérèse, Lisieux, 43 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, Douvres-la-Délivrande, 51.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de la Couture, Bernay, 55.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Provence - Cote d’Azur
♥   Castle 'Château de Orcher' Seine-Maritime, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Tancarville' Seine-Maritime, 16 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Fécamp' Seine-Maritime, 26.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Ételan' Seine-Maritime, 27.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Crèvecœur' Cantal, 48.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Harcourt' Eure, 55.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Caen' Calvados, 58.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of France

It is of fundamental importance for the French to be realized in society. To feel comfortable, they need to constantly share with others their worldview, thoughts and emotions. They do not like to stay at home so, they often go to visit each other. An invitation to lunch means that the guests will wait till 20.00 for dinner with several dishes and wine. The French love everything new and are not afraid to experiment; they are happy to visit unusual exhibitions, go to new restaurants. Another important feature of the national mentality is the love of the land. Many city dwellers abandon their lives in crowded cities and go to small settlements where they can spend the day outside in the open air. … Open
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Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Provence - Cote d’Azur. Learn the best periods to visit Provence - Cote d’Azur to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Provence - Cote d’Azur.
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