Le Lavandou on the Côte d’Azur Varoise

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Cavaliere Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cavaliere Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0

Le Lavandou (Occitan: Lo Lavandor) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It derives its name either from the flower lavender (lavanda in Provençal) that is prevalent in the area, or more prosaically from the local form of the Occitan name for lavoir, lavandor (for lavador, a public place for washing clothes).

The (then) village is where the famous popular song A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was written in the summer of 1939. The words were by Eric Maschwitz and the music by Manning Sherwin, with its title ‘stolen’ from a story by Michael Arlen. The song had its first performance in a local bar, where the melody was played on piano by Manning Sherwin with the help of the resident saxophonist. Maschwitz sang the words while holding a glass of wine, but nobody seemed impressed.

© Wolf Meusel La Maison du Lavandou, the tourist office © Stefi123/cc-by-sa-3.0 Le Lavandou Harbour © Massimo Macconi Cavaliere Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0 Cavaliere Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0 Cap Nègre © panoramio.com - 4net/cc-by-3.0 Saint-Clair Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0
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La Maison du Lavandou, the tourist office © Stefi123/cc-by-sa-3.0
In the spring of 2002, an attempt was made to find the bar where this classic song was first performed with the view to having a blue plaque set up. With the help of the local tourist office, elderly residents were questioned, but it proved impossible to find the venue.

In September 2000, the mayor passed an unusual bylaw making it illegal to die in the town. The mayor described his own bylaw as “absurd … to counter an absurd situation”; the “absurd situation” was that with the town’s cemetery already full, a court in Nice had denied permission for a new cemetery because it would mar the beauty of the selected site.

Read more on Le Lavandou, Le Lavandou Tourismus and Wikipedia Le Lavandou (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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