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pavillon bleu | riviera insider

across france, just shy of 400 beaches in 186 communes have been awarded a blue flag or pavillon bleu for 2018. the alpes-maritimes has lost five beaches from the scheme (bijou in cannes, pont dulys, garoupe ouest, grande plage juan-les-pins and gallice in antibes, and mala in cap d'ail), but added one: carras in nice. the var has remained stable with 45. 107 french ports (29 of which can be found in the provence-alpes-côte d’azur region) have also received certification. efforts to efficiently monitor and manage water consumption in one of the newly accredited yachting sites, port de bouc to the west of marseille, have been highlighted by the foundation for environmental education (fee) that has been responsible for the blue flag in...




a family affair: le figuier de saint-esprit

it isn’t often that you come across a whole family working beneath one roof anymore, let alone in a michelin-starred restaurant. yet le figuier de saint-esprit in antibes has just that: the doting father, a welcoming wife and two talented sons, including one who put his travelling days behind him to return to the paternal kitchen. christian morisset knew he wanted to be a chef from the tender age of five. it’s been a life-long passion that he’s now transferred to his two adult sons, jordan and matthias, who work alongside him in the restaurant’s kitchen.“tout seul, on n’y arrive pas,” says the chef. “alone we achieve nothing.”in the circle of life that is le figuier de saint-esprit, his boys have in turn inspired their fa...




the gold of the pharaohs

gold and ancient egypt: both together and apart, these are two subjects that have long beguilded people around the world. ten years after the queens of egypt exhibition, one of the grimaldi forum’s most successful ever events, the cultural centre has returned to this fascinating theme. in the gold of the pharaohs curator christiane ziegler explores 2,500 years of the goldsmith’s art. “i didn’t want to just do an exhibition merely about beautiful objects,” says the honorary director of the egyptian antiquities department of the louvre museum and publication director of the archaeological mission of the louvre museum in saqqara. “egypt was the original land of gold and the ancient egyptians were the first modern humans to really ...




jazz à ramatuelle | riviera insider

open air concerts in a setting by the sea... if that hasn’t sold you on a trip to ramatuelle, the line-up for the 33rd edition of this excellent coastal jazz festival just might! riviera insider is also giving away tickets for the event so keep scrolling to find out more.opening the festival on 16th august will be five musicians: emile parisien (saxophone), vincent peirani (accordion), michel portal (clarinet), bojan z (piano) and andreas schaerer (vocals). parisien and peirani should be recognisable names to regulars in the ramatuelle audience, but vocalist schaerer is new to the scene. he’ is a veritable one-man orchestra!the following night is a tribute to joe zawinul, the ‘wizard of the electric piano, co-leader of weather report a...




a 'symbol of national unity'

the city of nice is calling on its residents to fly a french flag from their windows and balconies this weekend in honour of those who lost their lives during the terror attack on the promenade des anglais two years ago.officials have ...




rue(z) & vous

the highlight of valbonne’s summer season is the rue(z) & vous festival for street artists (4th to 8th july). what? expect classic comedic acts from mimes and clowns, theatrical productions, poets and painters, artistic cyclist jessica arpin all the way from brazil, dance pieces and a very unusual football match from moroccan troupe colokolo. other interesting events in the picturesque village include: english-language concerts and film projections at the hôtel de ville (21st and 28th july, 5t...




golf de valescure: where golf has been played for 120 years

golf de valescure is a time-honoured place founded by a group of english aristocrats who, appreciative of the mild climate in the french riviera, began playing here as far back as 1895. some years later, in around 1910, the course was extended to 18 holes by the famous and acclaimed golf course architect harry shapland colt. valescure can’t claim to be the oldest in france – that’s in pau, pyrénées-atlantiques, and opened in 1856 – but it has certainly welcomed many generations of golfers on to its lawns and is the longest established in the var.  the course is one of the shortest on the côte d’azur, with around 5,000 metres of yellow in an oasis of calm between saint raphaël and fréjus. a flat terrain, it’s surrounded by ...




the marriage of l'oasis & barbossi

for the past 27 years, stéphane, antoine and françois raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. l'oasis has lived up to its shimmering two michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.   since last summer, l'oasis has been a partner of the domaine de barbossi, an association which has given the property newfound energy. the raimbault brothers' bistrot left its former home in mid-2017 and moved to the ermitage, a landmark hotel in mandelieu that nestles between a river and the sea. within the barbossi group, which boasts a golf club, a vineyard, a stable and a museum, l'oasis has found rejuvenation. during the annual wint...




one kitesurfer's tour de france

kitesurfer matthieu girolet has finished his epic tour of the french coast – from dunkirk to nice – on the beaches of the côte d’azur. the 44-year-old from béziers had been at sea for over a month and completed over 2,400 kilometres when he made landfall yesterday afternoon. the channel, the atlantic and finally the mediterranean, girolet took on the challenge in 24 different stages, sometimes spending seven hou...




courtyard concerts at the palais princier

in just over a week’s time, monaco’s palais princier will host the first in a series of courtyard converts by renowned conductors and well-known soloists. eight dates await classical music fans this summer, each to be enjoyed in the majestic surroundings.the monte-carlo philharmonic orchestra has invited conductors from around the world to collaborate at the concerts, including its former chief conductor gianluigi gelmetti,  current director kazuki yamada and american robert trevino.soloists include the 25-year-old italian pianist beatrice...




tax on foreign & offshore assets: advice from the british embassy in paris

as part of the british government’s requirement to correct legislation, uk taxpayers abroad are being urged to ensure that all their foreign income and assets, where there might be tax to pay, have been declared to her majesty's revenue and customs (hmrc) before the end of september. failure to do so properly may incur new and ‘substantially higher penalties’ from 1st october, when hmrc introduces tougher fines.“the vast majority of people and businesses pay the right amount of tax,” writes the british embassy in paris in a communiqué made public in early july. “however, many people may not realise that some straightforward actions, such as ...




rue(z) & vous | riviera insider

the highlight of valbonne’s summer season is the rue(z) & vous festival for street artists (4th to 8th july).what? expect classic comedic acts from mimes and clowns, theatrical productions, poets and painters, artistic cyclist jessica arpin all the way from brazil, dance pieces and a very unusual football match from moroccan troupe colokolo. other interesting events in the picturesque village include: english-language concerts and film projections at the hôtel de ville (21st and 28th july, ...




one kitesurfer's tour de france

kitesurfer matthieu girolet has finished his epic tour of the french coast – from dunkirk to nice – on the beaches of the côte d’azur. the 44-year-old from béziers had been at sea for over a month and completed over 2,400 kilometres when he made landfall yesterday afternoon.the channel, the atlantic and finally the mediterranean, girolet took on the challenge in 24 different stages, sometimes spending seven h...




caught in a trap

one thing is sure about the summer: along with the heat will come the sting of mosquitoes. particularly dangerous – and annoying – are the tiger variety, a tropical beast that has infiltrated the french riviera and much of europe. but fear not! two entrepreneurs from aix-en-provence have developed a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly solution that can be deployed at home as well as in public spaces.  a square, waist-high black box that could be a piece of garden furniture: that’s the smart bam device that recently won two awards at the international computer electronics show (ces) in las vegas. created by young entrepreneurs simon lillamand and pierre bellagambi, who proudly presented their product to the global, hi-tech audience ...




the marriage of l'oasis & barbossi

for the past 27 years, stéphane, antoine and françois raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. l'oasis has lived up to its shimmering two michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.   since last summer, l'oasis has been a partner of the domaine de barbossi, an association which has given the property newfound energy. the raimbault brothers' bistrot left its former home in mid-2017 and moved to the ermitage, a landmark hotel in mandelieu that nestles between a river and the sea. within the barbossi group, which boasts a golf club, a vineyard, a stable and a museum, l'oasis has found rejuvenation. during the annual wint...




double success for cmb

for the second consecutive year, compagnie monégasque de banque (cmb) has been named best customer service private bank and banking ambassador in monaco by international magazine the european. in collaboration with thomson reuters group, the publication organises the annual european global banking & finance awards, where they honour different organisations – including financial institutions – that ‘stand out from the crowd and are consequently moving their industries forward’. good governance, capacity to innovate, knowhow and quality of service are all major considerations. according to the organisers, the awards provide a comprehensive analysis of the ‘very best in all major market sectors globally’. “we are particularly p...




the american club of the riviera

the american club of the riviera is more than half a century old, being founded in 1962, but can trace its roots back to the early days of american naval presence in the south of france. since the end of the 19th century, the american naval fleet had been using villefranche-sur-mer as its european port base. in 1927, the us propeller club – an association that promoted the maritime industry and its various personnel throughout the world – established a base in the region and was ultimately the precursor to the current club. naval activity increased significantly during the 1950s and 1960s with the permanent presence of the us sixth fleet in the villefranche bay. dozens of families relocated to the area during that time and the years tha...




the extreme appeal of liguria

only a few decades ago, the finalborgo neighbourhood was considered run-down, dark, dirty and even dangerous. today, the historic centre is known as one of liguria’s most beautiful villages and has won the i più bei borghi d’italia award. this incredible redevelopment is in large part thanks to visionaries who recognised the potential of the heritage and unique landscape of finale ligure as well as its capacity to move beyond beach-limited, summer-only tourism. european union funds did the rest. all year round, thousands of bikers, climbers and walkers come to finale. there are organised events here too, such as the famous enduro world series cycling race that finds its crowning glory in the finalesian hills after stops in australia a...




expat focus: cindy egolf | riviera insider

from the concert halls of chicago to the olive groves of liguria, orchestra conductor cindy egolf has spent the last 15 years chasing the sun, better food and her passion for music.what first brought you to the region? i moved from chicago – a city of more than eight million people – to the italian riviera 15 years ago. i was looking for something different… better weather, as chicago can be brutal in the summer and the winter, better food and to resume my conductor’s career! i knew i wanted to live in italy and learn italian so headed to ventimiglia, but after the death of my fiancé, i decided i no longer wanted to be in the town. it was during a drive into the mountains that i came across the beautiful dolceacqua! i had stopped f...




the american club of the riviera

the american club of the riviera is more than half a century old, being founded in 1962, but can trace its roots back to the early days of american naval presence in the south of france. since the end of the 19th century, the american naval fleet had been using villefranche-sur-mer as its european port base. in 1927, the us propeller club – an association that promoted the maritime industry and its various personnel throughout the world – established a base in the region and was ultimately the precursor to the current club. naval activity increased significantly during the 1950s and 1960s with the permanent presence of the us sixth fleet in the villefranche bay. dozens of families relocated to the area during that time and the years that...