Thursday, March 02, 2006

It's Thursday Already!

I think going back to work after a vacation is way harder than going to work the week before vacation. I have been out of the working rhythm all week long, and a little bit sick, too!

On Tuesday night, Jube and I went into town to check out the final night of Carnaval. The King is burned (don't worry, it's a float) and there is a fireworks display. Now, I consider myself a pretty experienced fireworks-watcher, since I've seen "Red, White, and Boom" in Columbus, Ohio; the fireworks on the Mall in Washington, DC; and most spectacularly, the amazing fireworks of Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain. The fireworks for the end of Nice's Carnaval couldn't compare with the amazing displays in Valencia, but they were much better than, say, the fireworks for the 4th of July in Delaware, Ohio. Let me tell you how it went down:

I arrived home a bit late from work because a lot of roads were closed (since there was the Carnaval!). As soon as I walked in the door, we headed out again. We walked along the beach and listened to the music. Then we tried to find a place to watch the fireworks. Unfortunately, the Promenade des Anglais was chock full of people, right up to the barrier above the beach. Luckily we found a way DOWN to the beach, and then we pushed our way right up to the best vantage point. First, they burned the King of the Carnaval out on the water. I have some pictures of it, but it looks really bad, so I'm not posting them. Here are my (pretty crappy but better than the pics of the burning King) pictures of the fireworks.

Fireworks over the Mediterranean

I like the reflections in the water.

The Grand Finale

This is the very end. There were tons of these gold fireworks. You should click on this one to make it bigger; that way you can see the two boats that shot off the fireworks.


helene said...

So, who is the king?? Herod, Louis the 14???
I didn't realize so many countries celebrated Carnival. It is the same celebration as New Orleans celebration???

Gem said...

It's the King of Fools (remember how they all made fun of Quasimodo?). All Carnival celebrations are "Fat Tuesday" celebrations, but they have different aspects in different places. In Menton they also celebrate lemons (as I said :), in Venice everyone wears masks, in Rio there are parades that are similar to those in Nice but more sexy, and in New Orleans... well... you know what it's like :)

Stacey said...

here's to "red, white, and boom"! i went last year for the first time and had a blast. but there is definitely something much nicer about watching fireworks from the cote d'azur as opposed to a random corner of high street in columbus ;)