Trips and umbrellas

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If you are reading this, there is a good chance that, like us, you are rain lovers. On this blog, we like to talk about the rain and good weather, but especially the rain! Now that the holidays are coming, it is often an opportunity to get away from everything, to discover other cities, other countries, to change your everyday sunny life and find the joy of rain elsewhere!

So, we have decided to put together a short guide for you, fans of rainy tourism!

Countries shaped by the rain: The beauty of the monsoon

Let’s start with a little tour of the horizons of countries which are shaped and constructed by the rainy seasons. We promise you there will be plenty of rain! ‘Monsoon’ is a concept which was initially only used to describe India, but which is now used for other regions in the world too.

Besides the fact that you can experience the unleashed, sublime nature, there are several advantages of travelling during monsoon times! !
• Firstly, it influences the temperature in countries where it is otherwise unbearable, and allows you to see breath-taking exotic sights without having to suffocate from the heat..
• Furthermore, summer monsoons greatly favour the agriculture, so you’ll never see nature more green and healthy thanduring these periods.
• Finally, you can experience the phenomenon of warm rain! If you forget your umbrella, at least you can try what it’s like to have an outdoor shower (but not the kind of horrible icy showers that we would imagine in our western cities).

Now it’s our time to recommend rainy places to visit!

• From the origins of The Monsoon, go to India! We recommend the State of Kerala, and in particular the mountain range of Western Ghats! Close to the plateau of Deccan, the heart of Indian agriculture, and close to the Arabian Sea. A unique place, that is breathtaking in the rain.

• African Monsoons: these monsoons reveal fascinating landscapes; however, it is usually not recommended by travel agents. This is because it is the time of the year when temperatures peak and some regions become dangerous to pass through. So instead, here’s a picture to let you admire these showers without risking your life:



• Other monsoons can be found in South America, Oceania, and even North America... All of these monsoons are amazing to explore, as long as youdo your research on them!

Now something closer to home, the rain falls on Europe

If you are on a tighter budget, Europe has many destinations to offer that are just as rainy and enchanting! Certainly, some European regions in the west suffer from a bad reputation due to their bad weather, but it would be wrong to not consider the undeniable charm of these destinations.

These are all the Celtic countries, from Brittany and Cornwall, to the mysterious fields of Scotland, without forgetting the Irish landscapes! Our editor's favourites arethe following:

• The Ouessant Island in France gives the feeling that you are standing on the edge of the earth, on the corner of paradise where the wild sea and strong showers collide! The feeling of standing on the edge of land with the ocean close beneath you used to resemble an emotion almost like life and death, but fortunately for us, now we know how to brave the sea, and we are able to reach new lands for rain lovers, like those previously mentioned.

• “Drifting away, wave after wave, wave after wave”, the iconic song by Mr Probz and Robin Schulz might be stuck in your head as you watch the coast near Connemara lakes in Ireland. This mythical place becomes even more mystical as the the lines of rain connect the sky to the earth!

• Staying in Ireland, you can’t miss the cliffs of Moher, with its steep, untouched cliffs, blocking the raging sea, drenched by the most beautiful showers! It’s no surprise that this fantasy-likeplace has become the hot-spot for filming a whole range of movies like the famous ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.

But how can you organise your rainy trip?

Now that we have inspired you to go on a rainy trip, there’s only one thing left to consider, but it’s definitely a big one: how can you beat these torrential showers?When the k-way waterproof jackets, the bucket hat and other coats fail, we must once again thank umbrellas. ‘But why?’,you might ask.Well, because the k-way and the bucket hat aren’t very aesthetic and are hard to get rid of when wet, and let’s not forget that coats can take up a lot of space in our bags and suitcases which we would rather keep lightweight!

So why an umbrella? We have to clarify that you don’t just need any kind of umbrella. Firstly, for spaciousness, you have to choose a foldable umbrella. Then, for the aesthetics, you have to choose an umbrella with vibrant colours that can even brighten the darkest storms. Finally, for practicality, the Beau Nuage umbrellas have a unique element that makes all the difference: the absorbent cover.

But why is there an absorbent cover? To return the umbrella to dryness after it saved you from rain, storms or even monsoons, all you need to do is place it in its absorbent cover and let it dry peacefully in your bag without any risks! Currently, we have a patent which makes Beau Nuage the only brand in the world that sells these revolutionary covers!

Now that we have shared with you all our tips and tricks for travelling in the rain, with the best level of comfort possible, all we have left to do is to wish you “beaux nuages” (beautiful clouds)!

François

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  • The Beau Nuage absorbent cover absorbs the raindrops and hold them with a patented three-layers technology. The inner "absorption" layer is composed of a microfiber fabric able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water.  There is an intermediate layer under the inner one. This layer is made of a water repellent fabric and has a dual function : not only does it enable the outer layer to stay dry by preventing the rain drops from coming through, it also attracts the water towards the microfiber layer in order to ventilate it and dry it effectively. Lastly, the outer layer is a thick umbrella fabric (200threads/in2) with a Teflon® covering which makes it waterproof. It thus prevents raindrops from leaking. In short, you can put your Beau Nuage umbrella into a bag or a pocket and keep it dry!

  • Yes, the Beau Nuage umbrella is eco-friendly! As of September 2020, we have decided to go the extra mile for the environment by designing all the canvases of our umbrellas and covers from recycled plastic bottles. The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organization Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle that would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. In addition to this step, from the start, we have taken measures to protect the environment. For example, the protection of and access to safe drinking water is crucial for a healthy planet. This is why we are very happy to be partners of the Solidarités International association, which has been fighting for more than 35 years for access to drinking water for all. Since June 2019, we donate to this association for each cloudy product ordered on our site. Each product ordered represents an average of 12 hours of access to drinking water for a household! In addition, we eliminate waste by donating all of our unusable Beau Nuage to the Nice Foundation. There, they are sorted by people in professional reintegration and volunteers. The overly damaged umbrellas are then recycled, to minimize the damage to our planet.

  • Yes it is! A Beau Nuage umbrella is inseperable from its cover and the other way around. Even Le Gentleman has its own absorbent cover that enables you to carry it over the shoulder! If you ever spot a Beau Nuage without its cover, contact us quickly…

  • The Beau Nuage umbrellas are built with innovating materials, both flexible and robust. These materials make our umbrellas more resistant and enjoyable than any others. The shaft is made of aluminium and steel so that it is not too heavy (only steel) nor too fragile (only aluminium). Likewise, the ribs of our umbrellas are made of flexible materials, like fiberglass, but very strong, stainless ones for the junction between the ribs, where we favoured nickel for its strength and aesthetic. Our canopies have 200 threads/in2 and are thicker than average (180 threads/in2) and the ribs and canopies are both handmade. Last but not least, our unique Beau Nuage cover, unique, allows you to know where your umbrella is at all times since you can always keep it in your bag ! In that way, the Beau Nuage umbrellas last much longer than others!

  • As of September 2020, all the canvases of our umbrellas are made out of recycled plastic bottles.  The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organisation Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle which would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. 

  • It depends! Le Mini and L’Original have a manual opening whereas L’Automatique and Le Gentleman have an automatic opening. Better still, the aptly named L'Automatique also has an automatic closing. The automation is a wonderful feature that allows you to open and close your umbrella iwith the most ease. But to be of good quality, like the Beau Nuage Automatique, this technology requires a stiff spring. It is thus primarily suitable for the robust and larger umbrellas, like Le Gentleman. That’s why we’ve favoured excellent quality manual openings for Le Mini and L’Original so that these two umbrellas are compact and easy to carry.

  • As we said previously, the Beau Nuage cover is able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water. Nevertheless, we advise you to thoroughly dry the umbrella before placing it back in its absorbent cover. It is recommended that you turn the cover inside out and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying.

  • After heavy rain, we advise you to let your Beau Nuage cover and umbrella dry at home, like any other accessory subjected to rain. It will prevent any corrosion of your umbrella. If your absorbent cover is dirty, you can wash it, either by hand or in the washing machine, in delicate mode and at 30°C, without softener. Lastly, if your umbrella is wrinkled, you can iron it to make it look as good as new! To do so, you only need to open it and gently apply the steam for the iron on each parts of the canopy, one by one.

  • The technique for opening your Beau Nuage depends entirely on the model you have purchased! Did you choose l'Original? To open it, all you have to do is slide the mast upwards until it stops, without pressing the button. To close it, press the button then retract the mast by hand by pressing on the top of the umbrella. Have you selected le Mini? To open it, simply slide the mast until it stops. To close it, you just have to do the opposite. For l'Automatique, just press the button to open it. To close it, you must also press the button then retract the mast by hand, pushing on the top of the umbrella. Finally, for our majestic Gentleman, all you have to do is press the button to open it. However, it is closed manually. Store it in its absorbent cover head first so that you can take it out by holding it by the handle. For all models, after use, it is advisable to turn the absorbent cover over and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying! 

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