3 Jan 2016, 11:00

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Broward County in Florida


It is to Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, (the name is not modest I agree and the parents had a lot of humor!) Then governor of the State of Florida, that the county of Broward owes its name. The counties of Palm Beach and Dade were split up to create this new county in 1915.

It took less than a century to make a land unsuitable for humans as a paradise for millions of people.

The task was not easy, however. Roads, ports and a railway were needed for the inhabitants to survive. There was only the sea, the sand, the sun, and the Everglades. It was almost impossible to do culture there.

Yet anthropologists have discovered human remains at Vero Beach on the east coast and at Charlotte Harbor on the west coast. These bones of Indians, hunters of big game would date more than 10 000 years. As food is lacking, there is an evolution of the type of their society. The Indians of this period, whom archaeologists call the « Archaic » eat almost everything they find, and studies have even shown that their teeth were worn out by the sand they would have had in their diet. They are the first residents of Broward County. They are nomads in search of food: crustaceans, fish, deer and bears, seaweeds and pears. They do not stay long in the same place since they are always looking for food.

This tribe which the Spaniards baptized of Tequesta was not the most hospitable. They did not like foreigners and in 1521 Ponce de Leon was killed in Charlotte Harbor and the Spanish mission established at the mouth of the Miami River was abandoned in less than two years. The Tequesta are less and less numerous in this region, they appear no more than 80 in southeastern Florida in 1763. The few remaining Indians fled to Havana when the Spaniards ceded Florida To Great Britain at the end of the war between France and the Indians.

The British again ceded the territories to the Spaniards by the Treaty of Paris after the American Revolution. Finally, Americans were offered Florida by Spain in 1821.

The Seminole Indians, forced to migrate further south, refuse this time to give up their pastures and fertile lands in northern Florida, which they have long cultivated for settlers who try to take ownership of them and do their best for them eliminate. It’s the war.

In 1838, many volunteers and the army commanded by Major William Lauderdale, established a fort at the mouth of the New River. This fort and the one that was later built on the beach bears the name. Yet the fear of the Seminoles persisted more than fifty years after the end of the wars in 1842.

Some farmers still decided to settle in the area and in 1891 there was enough to justify the establishment of a post office. The mail was distributed by a mailman who was barefoot on the beach between Hypoluxo at the end of Lake Worth and Miami.

On February 22, 1896, thanks to Mr. Flagler, who extended the railway line to New River, the first train entered the station. The railroad was there. They were missing the home buyers. With great publicity, Flagler is promoting South Florida. It was the northeastern Swedes who responded to the call and settled in Hallandale and Danes from the Midwest founded Dania. Farmers from the south are looking for better land and are also settling in Pompano and Deerfield.

Everglades drainage and canal dredging north and south of the New River have contributed greatly to the county’s prosperity, both through farming and residential development.

Although between 1920 and 1925 there was an average annual increase of 9,107, between 1950 and 1970 it was much larger, ie 26,808. The population increased from 83,933 to 620,100 inhabitants . If the first arrivals were farmers, the new ones were largely retired. This markedly changed the economy of the region.

The recession of 1974 hit Florida so strongly that there were up to 50,000 condominium apartments not sold at that time. Fortunately, all this is of the past.

The most formidable now are the real estate developers who could disfigure forever this environment that attracted those who were in search of sun and sweetness of life!

4 Août 2014, 9:52
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La Suisse et sa gastronomie


Suisse, Europe

Alpes suisses

La Suisse est un pays incontournable à visiter. Autant à cause du ski, de ses paysages, de ses villes et de son histoire et de ses banques. La gastronomie n’est pas en reste non plus. Nombreux sont ceux qui ont visité la Suisse et qui nous ont fait  un rapport détaillé de ce qu’ils ont mangé, bu et goûter, et  en général, à moins de frais qu’en France. les commentaires sont tout aussi enthousiastes lorqu’ils nous décrivent les lieux où ils ont si bien mangé. Pas étonnant puisque la Suisse est un des pays  qui compte le plus grand nombre de restaurants. Le Gault et Millau Suisse liste 811 établissements ( hôtels et restaurants) et le Guide Michelin Suisse a quant à lui attribué à 82 restaurants ses étoiles si importantes pour les propriétaires d’établissements. Plus les gens voyagent, plus ils recherchent une cuisine régionale variée. Sinon à quoi bon voyager si  l’on retrouve la même cuisine dans chaque restaurant que ce soit en Australie, à Singapour ou à Montréal. C’est pour cela que  Suisse Tourisme a réussi à réunir de multiples informations sur le thème de la table et du vin sur Internet et dans sa nouvelle brochure « Escapades gourmandes » pour faire la promotion de ses atouts touristiques. Les livres de recettes de Betty Bossi, tout aussi  incontournables  que ceux de Martha Stewart ou Julia Child peuvent l’être au États-Unis, ou encore ceux de Paul Bocuse en France, sont  très agréables à consulter, à lire et même utiliser. Les recettes y sont nombreuses, variées et délicieuses.  Une brochure de conseils proposés par Suisse Tourisme pour découvrir la Gastronomie accompagne le livre de recette puisque « l’amour d’un pays passe par l’estomac » selon Jurg Schmid.

26 Juil 2010, 5:36

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Prince Albert II of Monaco inaugurates the new Grace Kelly suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Cannes, May 2010: Grace Kelly, glamorous star of the 50’s, Alfred Hitchcock’s muse, famous Princess of Monaco, gives her name to one of the most prestigious suites of the InterContinental Carlton, inaugurated by His Serene Highness, the Prince Albert II of Monaco.

In 1954, Alfred Hitchcock filmed many scenes of his cult movie « To Catch a Thief, » in the InterContinental Carlton Cannes. The movie’s stars, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, spent many days in the Palace.To honor Grace Kelly’s beauty and talent, her son Prince Albert II of Monaco agreed to christen the suite in this legendary Palace, where his mother left a perpetual mark.

The Grace Kelly suite will now be one of the 10 suites on the seventh floor named after famous artists of the cinema world, along with Sean Connery, Sean Penn, Cary Grant, Sharon Stone, and Sophia Loren, allowing us to delve deep into the heart of the giant Hollywood scene.

Luxury, discrete elegance, refinement—such are the essential characteristics of this new exceptional place. Timeless alliance between tradition and modernity, the decoration,designed by architect Nicolas Papamiltiades, has been inspired by the Hitchcock movie « To Catch a Thief. » Adorned with sumptuous photographs of Grace Kelly from the Princely Palace of Monaco’s private collection, this sublime suite, with a 280 sq. m surface area, seduces with a spacious and refined design.

58 La Croisette, 06400 Cannes

For more information visit www.intercontinental.com/cannes.

28 Mai 2010, 3:07

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50th International Jazz Festival à Juan

France, Juan les Pins

France, Juan les Pins

In France, more precisely, on Côte d’Azur, from July 14th to 25th 2010,  the prestigious international jazz festival « Jazz à Juan, » the oldest in Europe, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the capital of jazz, has chosen to pay tribute to the great musicians who have performed ever since 1960 in the legendary setting of the Gould pine grove. On the strength of the festival’s international recognition, the town is also preparing the future generation of young artists with the « Jazz à Juan Révélations »—a series of concerts promoting young jazz musicians on stage.

As early as the 1920s, Antibes Juan-les-Pins was the meeting place for the intellectual and modernist elite, in the manner of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway. They brought with them jazz and a new art of living. The city of joie de vivre, dear to the heart of Picasso, was also the adopted homeland of the great saxophone player Sidney Bechet. Created in 1960 as a tribute to Bechet, « Jazz à Juan » sparked many other festivals which spread across the whole of Europe.

The concept was revolutionary. For the first time, the general public could discover, up close, the jazz greats in a beautiful setting—under the centenarian pine trees of the Pinède Gould, facing the Mediterranean Sea. It was certainly a risky gamble, but came off brilliantly, leading to a permanent festival celebrating jazz in all its forms: New Orleans, Gospel, Blues, Swing, Be-Bop, Latin Jazz, Cool Jazz, Hard-Bop, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Modern Jazz and Electro-Jazz.

The Jazz à Juan Festival has become one of the most effective conveyors of communication for Antibes Juan-les-Pins in Europe and throughout the world. The favorite festival of Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Miles Davis—and more recently, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins and Jamie Cullum—is now preparing to welcome once again, upon the occasion of a half-century of existence, an exceptional variety of artists including bassist Marcus Miller, pianist Keith Jarrett, bossa-nova great Carlinhos Brown, sax-player David Sanborn, and drummer Manu Katché.

In order to make this a very special 50th birthday celebration and to help prepare future jazz talents, the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Tourist Office is presenting:

• The « Jazz à Juan » spring & summer series 2010
Fifty years of « Jazz à Juan » jazz heritage will be exhibited through movie projection, conferences and art exhibitions throughout the spring and early summer period in Antibes Juan-les-Pins.

7 Mar 2010, 9:26

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Traveling with children

Children traveling in France

We all have memories of children « who do not travel well », as they say politely. The bad memories I have in this category are fortunately not concernning my children who have always been good travelers.

Often, however, we must say that adults can also be as disruptive either talking loudly on their phone on the bus or an airplane or those people having a real great time on the terraces – of an hotel room, just room over it. I remember having to endure a hard worker, a workaholic real at 6 am, aboard a train during a trip between Montreal and Québec. am sure you have been wakened by some people having so much fun in a pool late at night.

But, admittedly, some parents do not seem too concerned about their child shouting or crying in an  airplane, or restaurant or or during the explanations of a guide.

Our secret recipe is quite simple: build a program that will interest them and keep the activities that interest them most for the end of the day, with an hotel room.

To ensure that restaurant meals are not too chaotic, we started, At an early age, presents to our children to simple dinners and short first and by gradually increasing the sophistication of the food and encouraged them to stay at the table. An interesting game, compact and quiet is always a valuable tool for parents or coaches.

We realized quickly, by pure self-preservation, that it was not a good idea to gorge on sweets and food energy before a long flight or a long bus ride, since they store energy that has to be burned. I assure you, nuts and fruit are irresistible when a child is hungry.

Another tip for the trip: To maintain the children interest and keep them awake, tell them the destination, try the foreign language and have stories that they can understand. Let them talk about their projects and let them ask any question that pass through their heads.

Always  plan a surprise that will look like a terrific adventure for them, do not forget they are just children. It is easy!

Certainly those things that worked well for us does not necessarily give the same results with all children. Some never become good travelers. If this is your case, be patient or do other things during your vacation.

Especially, it is useless to think that other vacationers can find greater pleasure than yours to travel with your unruly children! …


Enfants à bord, Bangkok, Asie

Children on board, Bangkok, Asia

18 Fév 2010, 5:07

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Europe Best Sea Kayaking Destinations

Ocean kayaking

Ocean kayaking

Europe is the ultimate name on account of its diverse coastlines,when it comes to sea kayaking. Many coasts of mainland Europe are unique as kayaking destinations. To begin with, Shetland with its amazingly mild climate, is characterized by sea cliffs interspersed with small beaches and caves. These sea caves are fascinating for their large and complex configuration, lighted by occasional sun beams. Anglesey and Brittany are known for their abundance of yummy seafoods. Brittany can be reached even by personal cars and therefore it is really a cool place to relax and enjoy a family vacation.

The Isle of Man in the northern Irish Sea with an area of 221 square miles lies closest to the British Isles. It is a topmost kayaking location within an archipelago. The Isles of Scilly is yet another warm archipelago, whose favorable weather makes it navigable in all types of weather conditions.

Close to Palau and La Maddalena, Sardinia is yet another lovely archipelago with sea-worn granite topography. For days-long expeditions for crossing the straits of Bonifaccio to Corsical is a very suitable idea in the months of April or May.

Scotland does not lag behind as a kayaking spot because it is gifted with isles like Jura and Islay. This apart, the romantic remote beaches with white sands makes Scotland a paradise for those who look ahead for lunch stops.

Moving away from the nearest vicinity of the British Isles, Norway is unique for its Lofoten Islands. Its mountainous topography and fjords make it doubly interesting in the sense that adventurers can both climb and kayak.

The steep and rugged shores of Croatia and its thinly populated islands offer a perfect fun time to those who look ahead spending some quality time in solitude. The appeal lies in its limestone cliffs, pine forests and the magnificent view of the ancient city of Dubrovnik.

Greece has a mountainous terrain protruding into the sea at southern Balkans. A range of over 2000 islands including Crete, Euboea, Lesbos and Chios coupled by the Ionian Sea islands make it a very much sought after kayaking spot.


16 Fév 2010, 5:56

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Nice Carnival: « King of the Blue Planet »

Nice, Provence, France

Nice, Provence, France

From February 12-28, 2010, the « King of the Blue Planet » will reign on the 126th edition of the Nice Carnival, the biggest winter event of the Côte d’Azur. For 15 days, his Majesty will open the doors of his blue planet for 15 days.

Dive into his history, his nature and its astonishing biodiversity, to the abysses and wanderings of humans, before concluding with this intimate conviction: protection and preservation of nature is definitely the most important goal of this century.

Though truly ecological (complete with recycling workshops), this popular carnival remains faithful to its original spirit: humor, scorn and poetry will be in order.

Around the Place Masséna, 20 allegorical and burlesque floats will parade with bands and comedians from the five continents. This parade will look like an initiatory around-the-world journey in 80 minutes! New 360° open floats will parade all along the Promenade des Anglais, decorated with roses, carnations, or mimosas, representing the floral patrimony of the region. Elaborate costumes, dances, and flower battles complete the festive scene.

The Nice Carnival offers a wonderful opportunity to discover Nice during the winter, with its mild climate, constant sunshine, and easy-going joie de vivre.

For more information, visit www.nicecarnaval.com or www.nicetourisme.com.

Nice, France

Nice, France

Nice, France

Nice, France

Nice, France

Nice, France