The Antiboulenc Association was founded more than 40 years ago by a local lady, interested in the history of Antibes. The adjective "antiboulenc" is the medieval form of the modern "antibois" and comes from the original name of the town - Antipolis. It was originally thought that "the place opposite", which is what Antipolis means, referred to the town opposite Nice on the other side of the Baie des Anges. There is another theory that it meant the place opposite Corsica, because the currents brought ships in that direction.
The association started out with a library and over time various other activities were added, such as a film club and art groups. We now have two centres: the library (http://www.biblioantiboulenc.cjb.net/) and premises on the rue de la Tourraque, also in the old town, where the various groups such as water-colour painting, sculpture, ceramics meet.
One of my jobs as secretary is to organise our various evening parties.
A couple of years ago, when I was assistant secretary, I organised a fairly riotous Scottish evening.
With the kind assistance of the Loch Fyne group a buffet of Scottish delicacies was provided.
Two recent day trips this year have been to the offices of the local paper Nice-Matin and to the air force base at Mont Agel behind Monaco.
Speakers are regularly invited to give talks on subjects ranging from the paintings of Cézanne to the military harbour of Villefranche.
I did go to your web site for the Antiboulenc Association and decided that me dechiperhing the text (with my very poor French!) after having a brandy or two wasn't ideal so will go back and read it tomorrow!
Do you celebrate Easter in France still??"
Many restaurants have a special Easter menu today. We had lunch with friends and enjoyed the 5-course set menu with a main dish of lamb, of course.
Nope, never heard of Easter lions or even Easter Scottie dogs but there's always a first time for everything! Then again, my rule of thumb is, if it's chocolate, eat it!
Have a great weekend!