15 February, 2013
Nice Carnival South Of France Photos
You may have read in my recent post The Retrieving Of Bonzo Got Us Into A Doo-Dah about how my wife 'found' some of our old photos from the mid 1990s.
As explained in the post the photos were mainly of Bonzo, our once much loved cat and other animals. One set, however, was from Nice in France at the time of their famous carnival.
Back then I was a manager of a finance and loan company and the directors introduced an incentive scheme whereby members of the various offices could win a trip to Nice, South of France. As my office came out top I won the prize along with several of my staff - so we all went off to Nice at carnival time along with our partners.
We had a great time. I Googled this morning to see when the Nice Carnival was taking place this year. As happens, when you get into coincidence or synchronicity, it starts today: 15th of February. So finding those photos was a timely reminder.
While in Nice I had trouble with my then camera so the photos aren't that special but will give a little flavour of the carnival. One thing I do remember well was when we were walking along in a group laughing and joking a woman came up to me and, without warning, stuffed confetti in my mouth! Seemingly this is a tradition at the carnival.
We also all bought silly masks to join in with the fun atmosphere. That's some of my work colleagues below, fortunately I must have been taking the photo!
We were all at a fairly formal dinner and Nikki, one of my assistant managers, decided to cover me with streams of coloured paper. The others actually thought this was funny!
I look back on that time with great fondness, even though I was beginning to dislike the actual job I was doing. What I did like though were the people I worked with and I think this was why we did so well.
The following year, 1997, my last with the company, we won the holiday prize again, this time to Athens.
Not sure what happened with the photo below of the Nice Carnival, my camera must have slipped or something ... I think I remember having had one or two glasses of wine at the time.
Another photo of me - just. The head at the very top of the photo is me, wearing glasses - must have been determined to get a good view. The others nearby are work colleagues, not sure where Karin was.
And below, even the band got covered with streamers, foam and confetti. No one was safe.
Strange how I looked at the photos on the same day as this years Nice carnival started.
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