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american club of the riviera annual gala

wednesday, 12 september was a magical evening for members of the american club of the riviera. their annual gala, which was quick to sell-out, was held at the grand-hôtel du cap-ferrat.the evening started with an aperitif in the volupte garden and continued in the club dauphin for a gourmet seaside dinner. there were 90 guests in attendance and after the dinner, there was plenty of dancing, thanks to the grooves of dj mark dezzani.  the club's president, beathe-jeanette lunde, described it as: "a wonderful evening in the utmost luxury and sophistication."the american club of the riviera is open to all nationalities and according to their website, their main goals 'rest on the foundation of shared values, including friendship, hosp...




2018 business person of the year nominations open

the riviera business club has officially opened nominations for their business person of the year award.each year, a panel of judges chooses from a list of nominees the most successful and/or influential business person and start-up of the year.any individual who currently resides in the paca region or the principality of monaco is eligible to nominate a company of his or her choice.the basic qualifications for a nominee in each category are:the rbc business person of the year award 2018:the company should be registered and doing business in the paca region or the principality of monaco.the company should have been in operation for a minimum period of at least 3 years as of september 1st 2018. the rbc start up of the year 2018:the company s...




christo saint tropez | riviera insider

saint tropez welcomed a new high-end art address to its main square this summer with the launch of the fondation linda & guy pieters in the place des lices. the inaugural exhibition is in homage to the work of celebrated artist christo and his magnificent mastaba project.in june, christo unveiled the london mastaba in hyde park. the temporary sculpture consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the serpentine lake, and is the first major outdoor work of his to be displayed on british soil. the mastaba concept is an enduring one for the bulgaria-born artist; its origins can be traced back in his work to 1958.at the same time as the physical presentation, an exhibition is being held at the serpentine galleries in ...




monaco on the world stage

riviera insider: monsieur rose, after working as the director of tourism, you were recently given the task of coordinating efforts to better promote monaco abroad. what can you tell us about your strategy for the project? guillaume rose: i will be reuniting all stakeholders responsible for promoting and managing monaco’s image overseas. i am also working on a government study that will figure out the needs of the principality as well its opportunities and its weaknesses. i am meeting all those involved in ‘exporting monaco’ – whether for diplomatic, economic, touristic, cultural or scientific reasons – and will then provide my own recommendations on how we can all best work together. establishing a common goal and good working rela...




beausoleil inaugurates new escalators | riviera insider

friday 6 september marked the inauguration of two city escalators, one three metres, the other six metres, that connects to boulevard de la république and avenue general-du-gualle. the mayor of beausoleil, gerard spinelli, is pleased to finally offer the moving stairs to his residents. “for 25 years residents have been asking for escalators,” he said. beausoleil is the second city in france to have an urban outdoor escalator installed. the new addition is sure to be a releif to its residents, especially the elderly and the physically impaired. the escalators that help transport people up the steep terrain of the city, have finally been approved because of improvements in technology to handle the long steep requirements. nevertheless,...




operation christmas child - an appeal for support

the french riviera branch of operation christmas child, an initiative started in 1990 by non-profit organisation samaritan’s purse, is calling on the support of riviera insider readers for its 2018 push. since the project began, it has sent over 146 million shoeboxes filled with gifts to vulnerable and disadvantaged children in 150 countries around the world.over the last few years, a group of expats in the south of france have banded together to organise a local effort, which has proven fruitful and well-received among the community, but more can always be done.“living on the french riviera and bringing up [our] families in this lovely, privileged part of the world is a million miles away from the sort of lives many other families exper...




west nile virus strikes the cote d'azur

since 7 july, eleven cases of west nile virus have been reported to the alpes maritimes regional health agency (ars). these are worrisome numbers considering the virus is spread easily by mosquitos.the virus has shown to stronger and more widespread across europe in 2018 compared with previous years, with greece and italy being hit the hardest.the virus originates in infected birds and is spread to humans and horses by mosquitos, most notably the culex mosquito which feasts at night. humans are considered ‘accidental hosts’ as they can harbour the virus but not spread it.the ars has called on local health professionals and hospitals to be extra vigilant to the symptoms of the virus, which usually manifests like a normal fever accompanied...




how sophia antipolis is becoming a hub for tomorrow’s automotive industry

from the modern giants of google and tesla to the well-established powerhouse brands like mercedes, volkswagen and audi, it seems as though every car company around today wants in on automation. the smart or self-driving vehicle is no longer a sci-fi concept, but a reality, with tests ongoing throughout europe and the wider world. over the past few years, the south of france – and in particular the sophia antipolis technology basin – has emerged as a hotbed for innovation. the conditions here are just right according to those in the know, such as pierre sigrist, the former director of research and development for visteon and the current general manager of epicnpoc (an automotive and software innovation company based in sophia antipolis)....




yves klein: a colour visionary

2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of nice-born artist yves klein, one of the region’s favourite and most famous sons. in an interview with alexandre devals, the venet foundation’s director and curator of its current klein exhibition pigment pur, riviera insider learns more about the venerated colour visionary and creator of a timeless deep blue hue.riviera insider: ikb (or international klein blue) is found throughout the exhibition. what is so special about the pigment?alexandre devals: to be precise, this is not the ikb that yves klein patented in 1960, but the pigment he first used in 1957. for our installation, we show the blue pigment that klein discovered at edouard adam’s shop in paris, his purveyor of paints. he was ...




armand scholtès: a gardener of shapes

nature takes centre stage in the work of armand scholtès. this summer, a double exhibition - in both the main international perfume museum site in grasse and at the establishment's gardens in mouans-sartoux - has been dedicated to the french artists. the 82-year-old (who is originally from lorraine, but has been a resident of nice since the 1980s) is described as a 'gardener of forms'. his more than three decades on the côte d'azur have naturally influenced his works, which are best summarised as minimal and modern with touches of naïve and primitive art along with arte povera. in this unique style, the pieces depict scholtès' exploration of the region. "without the landscape of the côte d'azur, grasse could not have become the ...




teeing off on the côte d'azur: saint endréol

any golfer passing along the a8 motorway should know – and make a stop at – saint endréol. it’s been described as one of france’s flagship courses and was designed by michel gayon, who is responsible for dozens of excellent sites developed in the last 30 years.close to le muy, the 18-hole course is beautifully laid out on a naturally wooded and hilly terrain. as there are occasional long walks between holes, a buggy is advisable. the often-photographed second hole is fabulously strategic, with a blind tee shot requiring a hybrid or iron if you're visiting for the first time, followed by a dangerous approach across the lake.if you're playing the course for the second time, you'll undoubtedly want to 'have a go' at driving the 12th....




the story of one mountain town & its drive for alternatives

when temperatures on the coast and in the cities soar, we can always find freshness in the lower alps. for communities like caille, however, changes in the climate are making the step from winter destination to summer something much more permanent.the chairlift is still at the service of the skiers in winter, but during the increasingly long temperate season, it serves a whole armada of other sporting activities. a high ropes course with zip lines at arbre & aventure, a caving system 45 metres below the ground at the via souterrata, mountain bike and e-bike trails, karting from the top to bottom of the lift with runix, a tepee village for overnight stays... all are grouped around the parc de la moulière and the lift station.mayor yves funel...




reporting from the yacht club de monaco

an institution in the principality since its founding in 1953, the yacht club de monaco (ycm) unites over 2,000 prestigious members of 66 nationalities in their love of sailing and the ocean. the fifth edition of the solar & energy boat challenge took place in the waters before the famous yacht club de monaco from 12th to 14th july. a unique event sponsored by the prince albert ii of monaco foundation, hydros foundation and international powerboating federation (uim), the challenge gives young engineers an  opportunity to reinvent boating to meet future energy and environmental imperatives. “it is part of the principality’s commitment to the environment led by [the yacht club’s] president, prince albert ii,” says ycm general secret...




compassion & innovation: l. raphael launches skin programme for young adults

israeli beauty entrepreneur ronit raphael has been at the forefront of innovation in her industry for more than 30 years. she was to be a dancer, but her plans changed course at 18 when, in an effort to treat her acne, she suffered second-degree burns following an ill-informed chemical peel. during the years that followed, ronit consulted with leading dermatologists around the world and ultimately created her own brand today known as l. raphael.although her work has typically been directed towards her adult clients – l. raphael is a pioneer in state-of-the-art treatments such as its oxy-technologies and patented lec 40 lipid complex – in 2018, she has returned to the roots of her experience by launching the young program for teenagers. ...




getting going with pura vida

while it may seem that new and exciting food trucks are increasingly ubiquitous, being able to navigate through the incessant red tape and actually start the venture is rather hard work.friends aude declerq and alexandra weitten have been working relentlessly to put the wheels in motion for their new business, pura vida. from their 1980 renault  stafette, the duo will be serving up buddha bowls, which aude describes as ‘a nourishing meal that's just a little bit of  verything: a mix of grains, a smattering of protein, and an assortment of vegetables’. unlike most food trucks, pura vida  will be serving up exclusively cold dishes: “all our ingredients will be  fresh, local and organic wherever possible.” while  pura vida opened i...




explorer prince: the adventures of albert i

as a young boy, prince albert i of monaco (1848-1922) stared out across the waters below the palais princier and dreamed of the days he would sail out of port hercules to explore new lands and seas.when he ascended to the monegasque throne in his early 40s, the prince already had decades of experience out on the water from his days in both the spanish and french navies and later aboard his faithful two-masted schooner, the hirondelle, as well as several other high-performing vessels for the age. he led 28 scientific expeditions – in the mediterranean, to the azores and up to the arctic – and devoted much of his life to the then-relatively young field of  oceanography. the great-great-grandfather of monaco’s current sovereign, prince a...




orange alert heatwave: how to stay safe in the record-breaking heat

this summer, the alpes-maritimes experienced its second hottest heatwave since 1943, with a total of ten days spent under alerte canicule orange – the 2nd highest heatwave alert by the government.between the end of july and the beginning of august in the alpes-maritimes, the average temperature was 29.3°c, and this lasted for ten days in total. this rather long heatwave was also marked by a record-breaking temperature of 36.3°c on august 6th. but despite this seemingly unbearable heat, it’s not quite as hot as a few years ago.the hottest year the region experienced was in 2003. that summer, the average temperature was 30.2°c and the heatwave lasted for 14 days, putting the elderly and the youngest in danger of heat stroke and dehydrat...




monaco’s oceanographic institute has lost track of its sea turtle rana

the scientists and specialists of monaco’s oceanographic institute have recently lost track of a loggerhead sea turtle named rana. they had released it into the sea at the beginning of the summer in their first attempt of gps tracking a sea turtle. since 9th august, rana’s gps tracker stopped sending any signal. last time the oceanographic institute scientists received any signal from rana, it was swimming near the coast of spain, south of tarragone, a city about 100km away from valencia even though the reason behind the loss of signal remains unknown, three hypotheses have emerged so far. for the scientists of oceanographic institute, the tracker might have been altered during one of rana’s searches for food, where the turtle could...




la chaise bleue de sab’s artist to sue for illegal reproduction

nice painter and artist sabine géraudie (also called sab), has decided to take action against people who sell unauthorized reproductions of her sculpture la chaise bleue de sab. the chair, which stands on nice’s famous promenade des anglais, represents one of the most famous art pieces of the city. it is in a souvenir shop in nice that the painter saw miniatures of her sculpture la chaise bleue being sold without her knowledge. the artist’s artwork is sometimes used in collaborations with brands to create jewelry, paintings and even clothes, but sab says that the main issue is that this time the reproduction was not authorized. the artist even announced through her social media that she would be suing anyone who illegally reproduces he...




8th edition of the braderie d’antibes

starting tomorrow and for the next three days, the 8th edition of the braderie d’antibes, a large market of local shops where you can get some of the most interesting end-of-season deals. organised by the association des commerçants d’antibes coeur azur, antibes’ traders association, these three days are now becoming almost traditional, with thousands of people expected. with more than a hundred of shops scheduled to participate in the braderie with impressive sales, this will be an event where you can find anything: clothes, jewellery, textiles, beauty products, handicrafted items, and even local gastronomy. the three-day outdoor sale will be taking place in a large area of old town and the centre of antibes, entirely closed to traf...