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cannes voted best destination of 2017

cannes has been voted as the best destination of 2017 by the luxury travel guide during the global awards, which were hosted by the world travel market earlier this month in london.over the last 12 months, the luxury travel guide has compiled data on categories such as the quality of hotels and restaurants as well as travellers’ opinions regarding destinations around the world. the shortlist feat...




vegan dining in the côte d'azur

less than 10% of the french population identifies as vegetarian or vegan, but that hasn’t stopped over a thousand of france’s restaurants from embracing plant-based menus – a good portion of them in the côte d’azur and monaco.website vegoresto.fr currently lists 67 such establishments in the region via its interactive map, from fully-fledged vegan restaurants such as eqvita (owned by tennis star novak djokovic and his wife jelena) in monaco and the vegan gorilla in nice to vegetarian chez helen in antibes and o’pono pono, a caterer in cannes.accor...




let the ski season begin!

following almost a metre’s dump of snow last weekend, the métropole nice côte d’azur has announced that some of the local ski resorts will be opening a whole week earlier than anticipated… and that means next weekend!more than 70cm of snow fell on isola 2000 in less than 24 hours on sunday 12th november, making the resort the ‘sixth snowiest in france’. the station was already planning on opening its 120km of slopes on saturday 2nd december – one of the earliest launches of the ski season in the country – but has now brought that date forward by a week to saturday 25th november. throughout this first weekend, tariffs have been reduced to 20€ a day.nearby in auron, 40cm of snowfall was recorded last weekend. the resort, whic...




france - and nice - to host 2023 rugby world cup

france has won the bid to host the 2023 rugby world cup ahead of south africa – who appeared to be the favourite in recent months – and ireland. it will be the first time that the country has independently held the tournament on its own soil as back in 2007, grounds in ireland and wales were used as well as those in france.the chairman of world rugby, bill beaumont, congratulated france on its success during the official announcement, saying: “congratulations to france on being elected rugby world cup 2023 host. they presented a very strong and comprehensive bid.”mayor of nice christian estrosi, in turn, has welcomed the news with an official statement: “my congratulations go to bernard laporte and the france 2023 team for believin...




colour & soul with chances for children

riviera insider was honoured to be invited to chances for children’s fundraising event at the monaco yacht club on friday 10th november by charity director gabrielle crump. the themes of the evening – vibrant colours, lively music and plenty of soul – came together in a 10-minute video of the foundation’s wards in uganda, who performed a heart-warming dance via skype for the 150 people in attendance.chances for children is a foundation based in lunguja kampala, uganda, which currently looks after 55 orphans between the ages of four and 13. gabrielle and russell crump manage much of the administrative side of the foundation and its fundraising activities from monaco, where they live, and earlier this month put together a fantastic eve...




weekend plans sorted with monte-carlo jazz

from 16th november to 2nd december, the opéra de monte-carlo's salle garnier will host a series of international acts under the continuing high patronage of prince albert ii, of which the monte-carlo jazz festival has enjoyed since its creation in 2006.“this festivals allows us to discover and rediscover the biggest stars in jazz as well as the finest talents of today in a marvellous setting – a veritable temple of music,” says artistic director of société des bains de mer jean-rené palacio. “the festival reflects the nature of jazz: open to all musical trends, always respectful of tradition and inspired by the music of the world.”organisers have selected marcus miller (pictured) as the opening act of the festival on 16th novem...




elton john & more at the grimaldi forum

french riviera locals consider him one of their own and he’s owned a villa on nice’s mont boron for many years. with such a connection to the region, it seems only right that music icon elton john has chosen monaco as the seat of his 50th anniversary concert on 6th december. tickets to the show have all but sold out, although there may be a few vip places left for the lucky ones!the legendary philharmonic orchestra of vienna is mak...




prince albert's family visit micro-crèche

monaco’s sovereign family attended a new micro-crèche for children – a farandola – in the principality earlier this week. made possible thanks to a generous private sponsor, the concept is part of a wider approach to tackle over-crowded services in monaco.prince albert, wife princess charlene and their two children – prince jacques and princess gabriella – all headed to a farandola at les villa des pins in monaco on tuesday 14th november. housed in the same complex as two of the principality’s other micro-crèches, the 127sqm space that was formerly an apar...




salon déco habitat in nice

avid interior designer? amateur stylist? professional in the field? whatever your level of skill when it comes to décor, the salon déco habitat at nice’s palais des expositions has something to enhance every portfolio and home.open until 19th november f...




fête nationale: monaco celebrates its national day

the history of monaco’s national day goes back to 1857, when then-prince charles iii designated a day of feasting and celebrations for his people. upon his ascension to the throne in 2005, prince albert ii decided to continue the 19th november tradition, which falls on saint rainier’s day, in memory of his father, prince rainier iii.this year’s celebrations will begin, as always, with a te deum at the cathédrale notre-dame-immaculée in the le rocher quartier of the principality. monegasque citizens are invited to participate in the ceremony, which is attended by the entire grimaldi family.during the weeks in the run-up to the national day, the famous foire d’attractions in port hercule is open to all in the region who wish to visit...




nice airport opens tenders for pop-ups

if you’ve passed through either terminal at nice côte d’azur airport in the last year, you’ll have seen that plenty is going on in terms of new shops, restaurants and facilities. now the airport has opened six tenders for pop-up boutiques and you have until the beginning of december to apply!the airport is france’s second busiest international air hub and welcomed 12.4 million passengers in 2016 (65% of them international). with the average shopping basket coming in at 149€ over both terminals, the airport certainly has some credibi...




candlelit concerts & dinners at the villa ephrussi

the magical setting of the villa ephrussi de rothschild becomes a winter wonderland this festive season with two exquisite cultural offerings.on 18th november, lithuanian quartet nico presents its iconoclastic interpretation of classical music repertoire, from vivaldi to bach, through the music of two violins, a cello, a double bass and a piano. the evening begins at 6.30pm with a concert on the patio before a champagne interlude and a second act of music. attendance to the show with a glass of champagne costs 40€. guests who would like to enjoy a candlelit dinner at the glamourous property can pay an additional 55€ for the pleasure (excluding drinks), and reservations are highly recommended.the intimate 'tis the season: diva opera’s...




cannes: red bull’s first ever air race in france

for the first time in the history of the adrenaline and jet-powered competition, the red bull air race wold championship is heading to france. cannes has been selected as the location for the second stage of the international event, which begins in abu dhabi on 2nd february 2018. the city of film will host round 2 on 21st and 22nd april.it’s an exciting time for french spectators and participants; french pilots feature in both the master and challenger classes of the competition, including mélanie astles, who is the first woman to ever compete in the series!the red bull air race combines speed with skill and precision. the pilots of these ultra-lightweight raceplanes must navigate a low-level slalom track marked out by 25-metre high infla...




hotel windsor becomes an art gallery for two days

the hotel windsor in nice is inviting the public within its walls to discover the camera, camera exhibition on 25th and 26th of november. the art fair includes contributions from 22 different galleries, such as those in new york, seoul and paris. many of the rooms also display video installations and contemporary art by over one hundred artists.as part of the movimenta (festival of moving images) in nice, the hotel windsor will be transforming into an art gallery for one weekend in november as part of the first edition of the camera, camera event: hotel rooms, restaurant, bar, garden and even the wellness area will become venues for a range of...




drought causes concern for lemon growers

while the rainfall of recent days has gone some way to replenishing water reserves after a hot and dry summer, it hasn’t been able to rectify the damage caused to menton’s famous lemons. following the long drought of 2017, farmers in the region are expecting their harvests to fall by 30%.it is estimated that around 40 tonnes of citrus from 2,000 trees in the menton area will be harvested in the early months of next year...




win tickets to le beatbox se la joue classique

riviera insider has a number of tickets to give to lucky readers and their +1s for le beatbox se la joue classique performance on friday 2nd february 2018 at 8.30pm (worth 60€).unique musical group hildegard lernt fliegen bridge the gap between two contrasting musical styles in a performance at the théâtre croisette. together with the orch...




avalanches & storm warnings | riviera insider

the french riviera and corsica have been placed on yellow storm alert ahead of continuing adverse conditions. stormy weather – including violent thunder and lightning – is the main cause of concern, but the sudden and heavy snowfall in the mercantour and southern alps may give way to avalanches in some zones.rainfall and storms a...




cannes: red bull’s first ever air race in france

for the first time in the history of the adrenaline and jet-powered competition, the red bull air race wold championship is heading to france. cannes has been selected as the location for the second stage of the international event, which begins in abu dhabi on 2nd february. the city of film will host round 2 on 21st and 22nd april.it’s an exciting time for french spectators and participants; french pilots feature in both the master and challenger classes of the competition, including mélanie astles, who is the first woman to ever compete in the series!the red bull air race combines speed with skill and precision. the pilots of these ultra-lightweight raceplanes must navigate a low-level slalom track marked out by 25-metre high inflated p...




iae graduate school of management celebrates la rentrée

the iae nice graduate school of management recently celebrated la rentrée with 270 fresh students and a new sponsor from the business world: ibm. internationalism and close cooperation with the corporate world are at the forefront at the university.nadine tournois, director of iae nice (institut d'administration des entreprises), opened the ceremony marking the beginning of the semester of the 270 new students. frédéric allard, cto office europe and site executive at ibm france, was also present at the occasion. in the coming years, iae nice will be collaborating with the it giant and allard gave a lecture on artificial intelligence. he focused in particular on the topics of innovation and new technologies.an international approach and c...




tickets to riviera business club awards

the riviera business club awards have rolled around again and although riviera insider can’t yet announce the shortlist, which is to be announced during november, we can reveal the date and place of the ceremony.for the first time, the awards and gala dinner will be taking place at the nice campus of edhec business school on friday 1st december at 7pm. members of the riviera business club are of course invited as are members of the public. as a thoroughly international club with growing numbers, the night will be an excellent opportunity to meet business leaders and the wider expat community of the côte d’azur.the categories for the awards are start-up of the year (nominees must have recentl...