Thursday, October 19, 2006

Curiosities of Nice and Monaco

* Did you know that Rio de Janeiro is one of Nice's twin cities? Neither did I. It is not an active twinning, but who cares, right? If you are not familiar with the concept (well, I wasn't), check this:

* Nice was the birthplace of Giuseppe Garibaldi. He was quite popular in the South of Brazil (there's even a city in Rio Grande do Sul called Garibaldi). For those not really into History (Brazilians only), just remember the TV series "A Casa das Sete Mulheres". Thiago Lacerda was Garibaldi there.

* Nice's local language is Niçard (huh?). When we were walking through the narrow streets of the old town, we notice that all the street signs were in two languages. It was similar to Spanish, although with weird letters. Monaco has also a local dialect, which is Monégasque (huh, huh?). But do not worry, everybody there speaks French, so you are safe. Unless you are a French illiterate, like me. In Nice a lot of people speak English too, so, yeah, you can go fearless!

* Brazilians: the French pronunciation of "Mônaco" is Monacô. In English: Monáco. In Monésgasque: Múnegu. Whatever.

* Info on Monaco, taken from Wikipedia: "Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world and the world's second-smallest independent country with a population of just 32,410 and an area of 1.95 square kilometers (481.9 acres). It has more millionaires per capita than any other country in the world. It is the smallest French-speaking country in the world." Ahá, that's why I want to live there! I want to be a millionaire! :-D

Enough with the crap.

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