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La sauvergarde du “bronzage au camionneur” | Nice, France

Nice – The redneck´s tan salvation

The magnificent Mediterranean. Unlike the emerald green tones of the Atlantic, it´s blue turquoise that darkens as you go further from the shoreline.

Côte d`Azur

The temperature is on that perfect “thermal spot” when you´re preparing for a shower and the tap water goes from cold to warm, just before it gets really hot. Quite different from the Atlantic that provides a “crack-bone” feeling every time you go for bathing on the beach. There´s no sand but a wide “carpet” made of medium size pebbles, which makes it difficult to move around barefoot, specially for people with hazardous balance like me. Nevertheless, it´s an awesome “non-cost” foot spa.

Nice is a more exquisite and safe version of Rio de Janeiro. The beautiful and taken care architecture is Nice´s beautification ingredient, you can breathe history and quality of life in every door or window frame.

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Just like Rio, the landscape is built upon green hills, oily corps starring at the sun, toned people that “cat-jog” shirtless, sunscreen aroma sauteed with the sea breeze.  There´s also a paredão called “Promenade des Anglais,” where all the Riviera good summer times role.

Promenade d`AnglaisPromenade d`Anglais

18th century, a harsh winter encouraged immigrants to Nice. The fellow “Anglais” were already established there enjoying the good weather. They proposed the “new-joiners” a project: the construction of a boardwalk throughout the Mediterranean coast. Everyone cheered the idea, specially the Brittish who found on the boardwalk the perfect spot to crisp the skin up to their usual reddish tone. Reason why in Portugal they´re cutely nicknamed “lobsters,” specially in the region of Algarve. If back in those days they´ve accessed the youtube video regarding the importance of sunscreen, that reddish tone wouldn´t have turned into a “trendy” habit.

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The promenade was first named “The Path of the English” which changed to “Promenade des Anglais” after Nice´s annexation to France in 1860. It´s still a suitable name due to the promenade´s goers who try to overcome that “redneck” tan into a more homogeneous skin tone, as seen on the pictures below.

Bronzage au camionneur

In Portugal, “redneck tan” is called “truck-driver tan:” truck drivers wear tank tops that only tans arms, neck and face. “Tank and tan and young and reddish, the boys from the promenade go walking..,” not quite lovely as the “Girl from Ipanema” perhaps. Lady Piaf would have most likely seen a “vie en orange.” Destiny should have set Edith Piaf and Tom Jobim (the Brazilian singer of “Girl from Ipanema”) on a first sight summer love. What a fantastic duet under the French Riviera sun: a Brazilian heartthrob and the lady who sees life in color pink, black beans* and croissants matching together into beautiful chords.

Bonjour

For the non-fluent french speaker, three words are enough to survive in Nice: boulangerie, patisserie, creperie. Words as nice to your ears as for all other senses affected by these greedy places, total boosters of the verb “to get fat.”

Ah Nice.. C´est supér, magnifique!

À bientôt chéris!

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Maria Bonifácio Lopes

*Black beans are very famous in Brazilian cuisine; quite used in several dishes as well as a side dish on barbecues and other meals.

7 Comments

  1. Fantástica crónica Maria….na tua divertida maneira de escrever que nos fazer sorrir e pelas fotos magníficas que a acompanham! É um previlégio e um orgulho ser tua tia, minha adorada sobrinha!! Beijo enorme cheio de amor!!!

    • Obrigada minha titia linda! <3 Love youuuu!

  2. Fantástica crónica Maria….na tua divertida maneira de escrever que nos fazer sorrir e pelas fotos magníficas que a acompanham! É um previlégio e um orgulho ser tua tia, minha adorada sobrinha!! Beijo enorme cheio de amor!!!

    • Obrigada minha titia linda! <3 Love youuuu!

  3. Gosto muito de tu blog! Faz tempo q eu nao practico o portugues assim q gosto q vc escreve no ingles tambem. Sorry if that was hopelessly terrible Portuguese. I figured I’d give it a shot. Love that you have a bilingual blog- what a neat idea! (coming from Matador U)

    • Olá Gretcholl! Really glad you liked the blog! and for someone who doesn´t practice portuguese in a while I must say it was a really good shot! 😉 If you need any help on your practice let me know! As for the bilingual-blog I keep saying myself that I would spare some time if writing only in english.. thing is.. I can´t help writing in portuguese as well, if I don´t it feels like there´s some part of me missing on the post! 😉
      Cheers and thank you for passing by!

      Maria Lopes

  4. Olá Gretcholl! Really glad you liked the blog! and for someone who doesn´t practice portuguese in a while I must say it was a really good shot! 😉 If you need any help on your practice let me know! As for the bilingual-blog I keep saying myself that I would spare some time if writing only in english.. thing is.. I can´t help writing in portuguese as well, if I don´t it feels like there´s some part of me missing on the post! 😉
    Cheers and thank you for passing by!

    Maria Lopes

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