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LANGLEY
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« on: March 28, 2013, 01:08:20 AM »

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Menton  (mɛnˈtəʊn, French  mɑ̃tɔ̃)
 

a town and resort in SE France, on the Mediterranean: belonged to Monaco from the 14th century until 1848, then an independent republic until purchased by France in 1860. Pop: 28 812 (1999


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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 07:18:42 AM »

The power of the computer helps to find out more about the French town Menton or Mentone (Italian).
It is hard to see the similarity of the 'Mentone of England' to the near subtropical climate in a town 600 miles southeast of here.
Menton is situated on the French Riviera near to the French and Italian border.
Near to Nice and Monaco, the town and surrounding area is famous for lemon growing.
Temperatures there vary between 8-13 deg in the winter and 20-28 in summer.

The regal looking Granville Hotel would not look out of place though, if it was sited in the old town of Merton.

I was told that shells from an anti-aircraft gun were found in the Granville Tower.
It did not seem prudent, to me,  to invite retaliation from the passing Luftwaffe in WW2....

 
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 02:34:44 PM »

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Looks just like Ramsgate.
   
 

 



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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 07:13:21 AM »

Wouldn't it be nice if Ramsgate was like Menton.
It might have not stretched the imagination so much in the earlier years, when the Granville Hotel was up and running.
The sprung floor in the dance hall and the hotel guests being able to watch the sunrise as they watched east to the horizon.
The movement of ships and boats alike, moving on the sea below them.
Throngs of well dressed crowds promenading along the East Cliff.
The whole of Ramsgate alive with visitors, shows and events to draw and keep them here.

Older people will remember the term 'bucket shops'.
This the term for sellers of cheap flights and holidays to Spain and Europe.
The 'better' roads made seaside trips too near, people wanted to travel further.

So the decline in Ramsgate continued.
Even large buildings on the sea front went into dereliction, the Royal and the Castle Hotel....the Pavillion later.
Parking meter officers seemed to delight in handing out fines for hapless motorists.
Flashes of the cameras around midnight giving evidence of illegal parking.

The Pier Yard car park sign boasts 22 bays.
Over half of these though, are private and are only there for the use of local traders.

In context Menton, France with a third of Ramsgate's population, boasts..
172 restaurants...44 hotels...100+ rental villas...
8 gardens...3 museums...1 art gallery...1 basilica
3 festivals and 316 sunshine days a year.

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 06:16:14 AM »

Back from a visit to Menton, France.
The photo of Menton is taken from Italy, near the border with France.
The town was very busy with tourists.
What was noticeable was the hundreds of car parking spaces.
These between the town and the seafront.
Visitors have trouble finding car parking places in Ramsgate.
Derelict buildings and prime waste land though, not at all.
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 11:34:25 PM »

I visited Ramsgate in July, had a nice time but the town was in a sorry state!
And the food was terrible.
But none the less enjoyed my stay.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 07:13:01 AM »

I visited Ramsgate in July ... and the food was terrible.

I'm surprised at that winelist. Trip Advisor lists over 30 eating establishments in Ramsgate scoring 4/5 or more from their customer reviews. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186314-Ramsgate_Isle_of_Thanet_Kent_England.html#EATERY_OVERVIEW_BOX
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2014, 09:37:34 PM »

My standards are probably higher.
Sunrise and the Fish Factory very poor!
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2014, 09:52:39 AM »

My standards are probably higher.
Sunrise and the Fish Factory very poor!

Either that or your palate is twee.
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