Tende in France

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Tende is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Tende is located within Mercantour National Park in the French Alps. The mountainous commune is bordered by Italy to the north, with the boundary determined by the watershed line between the two countries. This line of mountain tops contains more than 20 summits exceeding 2,000 meters (6,600 feet).

A large rectangle of land running east/west, Tende is split from north to south by the Roya river valley. The tributary Réfréi river joins the Roya within the limits of Tende. The Col de Tende (Tende Pass), a strategic pass through the Alps to Piedmont, has been modernized to be a road and railway tunnel.

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While the main language of Tende is French, most of Tende’s residents also speak Tendasque (which can also refer to the villagers themselves), a variety of the Ligurian language with Provençal influences. The Tendasque dialect has many similarities with the Mentonasque of the coast. Among the village’s youth, Tendasque is less prevalent (about 30%), while many of them can speak Italian.

The village recently began celebrating a series of festivals during the summer, each dedicated to an aspect of local culture. One such festival celebrates the Old Tende (the medieval section), and on the second Sunday of each July, a long-standing festival is held in honor of Saint Eloi, patron saint of the village.

At the base of the hillside town is a public swimming pool, built around the turn of the millennium. A via ferrata along the tops of the village’s mountains attracts climbers. The trail head can be accessed from near the base of the town clock.

Read more on Tende (The Atlantic, 6 October 2020: Deadly Flooding in Southeastern France, The Guardian, 6 October 2020: Corpses washed from cemeteries in France-Italy floods, Reuters, 6 October 2020: ‘There’s no one left’: Violent floods sweep bodies from cemetery in France, France24, 7 October 2020: Macron visits flood-ravaged southeastern France, promises aid, Storm Alex 2020), Train des Merveilles (from Nice to Tende) and Wikipedia Tende (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). 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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