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Old 03-09-2011, 04:38 PM
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The Pope will visit Monaco "at some stage in the next twelve months", or, in the words of his Vicar-General, "sometime in the first half of 2012".
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Bad news for PA and the Monegasques:

AS Monaco has been relegated to Ligue 2, i.e. it is no longer in France's top division.
And it happened in the Stade Louis II ......and to add insult to injury, ASM's arch rivals NICE just managed not to get relegated

ASM has been at the top for thirty-four years.

P.S. One quote from the losers:

"...and let the "Rocher" fall on their heads....
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:04 PM
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Tomorrow is Ascension Day in Monaco (and France), and it also happens to be the day when the Principality celebrates the Centenary of the Cathédrale de Monaco, also known as "Notre-Dame de l'Immaculée Conception".

Five Eurovision countries will be transmitting the service: France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.

The Monegasques themselves can watch on France2.

Kick-off is 11h.....
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Is it true that Ascension Day is a holiday in Catholic Europe, where banks are closed and there is no school?

I read that somewhere a long time ago, but I am not sure that is the case anymore.
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Moonmaiden, it is still a Catholic feast day. It always falls on a Thursday, and it is sometimes referred to as "Holy Thursday". That's what I found in my little pocket diary :-)

However, I know that it is not a "Bank Holiday" here in Scotland, or England/Wales/Northern Ireland.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:30 PM
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Is it true that Ascension Day is a holiday in Catholic Europe, where banks are closed and there is no school?

I read that somewhere a long time ago, but I am not sure that is the case anymore.
As far as I know no, at least here in Portugal it isn't, but pretty much of the most important catholic celebration are still holiday here in Portugal and as far as I know in Spain and Italy, in France I really don't know because France is a laic or secular state, even though Portugal also is.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:49 PM
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Moonmaiden, it is still a Catholic feast day. It always falls on a Thursday, and it is sometimes referred to as "Holy Thursday". That's what I found in my little pocket diary :-)

However, I know that it is not a "Bank Holiday" here in Scotland, or England/Wales/Northern Ireland.
Ascension Thursday is a Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation.RC Schools used to close in RC Southern Ireland when I was younger but thats no longer the case.It was however never a Bank/Public Holiday.

Holy Thursday is the day before Good Friday,its called Maudy Thursday in the UK but Holy Thursday in most other countries.
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Either way, this coming weekend will be a very busy one - the French, and perhaps the Monégasques also) will use the Ascension Thursday in order to "faire le pont" - to "build a bridge" from the Thursday right up to the Sunday evening.....

Trafic : les prévisions de circulation pour le WE de l'Ascension | monacomatin.com
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:28 PM
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Thanks everyone. I know that it is observed more seriously in Europe than in the US, because of course Catholicism is not the predominant religion here in this country.

I am feverishly waiting for news of which stations here(if any)will carry the wedding live.
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In all the "musings" about Ascension Day, I forgot to mention that it is the day on which Christ is said to have ascended into heaven.

When Is Ascension 2011? - Date of Ascension 2011

Some of the festivals happen to fall on a Thursday, e.g. Corpus Christi.
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Old 06-10-2011, 05:45 PM
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The forthcoming summer exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco looks pretty mouth watering. It is to form part of the wedding celebrations
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We had another Feast Day (or rather, two):

It is Pentecost, or Whitsun - another "movable feast" :-) ... and it happens 50 days after Easter.

Penta means 50.
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Today is not just the longest day, but also La fête de la musique

Not just in Monaco, but all along the Alpes-Maritimes, and inland also: Grasse has fifty groups !

Côte d'Azur: où fêter la musique? | Nice-Matin

http://www.monaco.mc/Pages/Accueil/m...z_le_programme__

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In other parts of Europe, this day is known as Saint Cecilia's Day.
She is known as the Patroness of Musicians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cecilia
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Monaco's Opéra Gallery is showing lesser known or unknown works by Pablo Picasso, from June 24th until August 27th.

Didier Viltard, gallery director, has spent a year and a half to assemble thirty-four works which will be for sale. Twelve of these have never been exhibited.

Another scoop for Monaco...

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A first for Monaco :

A delegation of Albert's "sapeurs-pompiers" (Fire Brigade) have been invited to take part in the great march-past on July 14th along the Champs-Élysées in Paris for French National Day.

The guys have been invited because it's the Bicentenary of the Paris Brigade. Also invited are firemen from China and Chile.

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L'art contemporain et la Côte d'Azur. Un territoire pour l'experimentation. 1951 - 2011

This summer, 50 venues (museums, galleries, ateliers, foundations....) celebrate 60 years of creativity on the Côte.

There will be a 16 page supplement with Nice-Matin.
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"A strong seismic shock shakes Corsica and Marseille" - Le Figaro
It's another 5.9.
The areas affected: PACA (incl. Monaco) the Var, Bouches du Rhone, Marseille, Toulon, Corsica.

I posted an article recently about the first shock. I can try to find it if needed.

http://www.nicematin.com/article/der...-par-le-seisme

Le Figaro - France : Un fort sisme secoue la Corse et Marseille

Seismology:
Bureau Central de Sismologie francais:
http://www.franceseisme.fr/
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Death of Otto von Habsburg :

I wonder whether anyone from the Monaco Family will be attending the funeral of the last Habsburg ?

After the end of WWII, Otto von Habsburg was stateless.
Guess who gave him a passport ??

Monaco in 1946, through the intervention of Charles de Gaulle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Habsburg
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:28 PM
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This might be why the Albert and Charlene are cutting their honeymoon in South Africa short, and going back to Monaco.
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