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La Ciotat was Bridgwater's first twinning. 1957 in fact. In recent years we've taken footballers and choir singers over there with the help of their Council and it's long established 'jumelage' committee. Lately, we've been trying to push the idea of 'triangulation', whereby Bridgwater has several twin towns, and our twin towns also have several twin towns, so why not introduce them all to each other. It can only be good for tourism, international friendship and economic development.
'a pretty balanced delegation'
|Eszther on the Quayside in La Ciotat|
Flying in to Nice from Vienna, it was less than 2 hours down the sunny coastal autoroute past Cannes and St Tropez to La Ciotat where gorgeous weather reigned supreme. The best hotel for us these days is the Croix De Malte, a delightful family run place that holds up to 70 people and a stones throw from the seafront in the centre of the town.
Croix de Malte does great meals and we invited some friends from the local Partie Socialiste
|Jean Louis and Zsolt share a toast|
On Monday morning we had a tour of the 'Route des Cretes', a spectacular cliff top road between La Ciotat and Cassis - temporarily closed due to the potentially incendiary nature of the flammable sagebrush and high winds (le mistral was just dying down). But our buddies knew a different route and so we came at it from the Cassis direction first. From atop the cliffs - some of the highest in Europe, you can see azure seas as far as the eye can squint and tranquil bays either side of the massif.
Making Education links
Their student Joelly was keen to practice her English on us and whisked away the Nemeths for a drive around the bay to Bandol and St Cyr Sur Mer, giving them a personalised tour.
'Keeping up Civic appearances'
Afterwards, it was time to meet some 'civics'. So it was off to the Town Hall where head of
|Patzlaff and LeSavre-strong supporters of 'le Jumelage'|
And so it was time for some Moules. You can't visit France without trying some moules-frites. Mussels and chips. Yum yum i say. Though maybe twice in a day is a bad plan.
Vive les Moules-Frites
|Zsolt & Said , while Francois Hollande looks on|
Our informal visit had been a success, we had made some new contacts, spread a little international co-operation, contributed to the local economy and hadn't got drenched by the unseasonal rain. Until the last day in Nice...