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rafael nadal wins 11th monaco title

rafael nadal has continued his monaco legacy of success with an impressive 11th win at the rolex monte-carlo masters this last sunday. the spanish tennis player is now at no. 1 in the atp rankings as he makes his way to the barcelona open banc sabadell, where he is a 10-time titlist.at the sell-out final of the 2018 rolex monte-carlo masters (11th to 22nd april), 31-year-old nadal beat kei nishikori of japan 6...




national sncf strike causes mass disruption

if you were planning on travelling by train over the next couple of days, we highly recommend that you think again! strikes on the french sncf train network are seriously limiting services on monday 23rd and tuesday 24th april, with just a handful of rail connections and replacement bus routes running.f...




sting & shaggy play cannes

to mark the launch of the new – and quite surprising – collaborative album by police frontman sting and jamaican musician shaggy, which comes out today, the palais des festivals have temporarily reduced the price of tickets to their upcoming show in cannes.the unlikely duo will be performing on the terrasse du palais des festivals on tuesday 10th july. ticket prices have been set at €100, but the organisers have today announced that a limited number of tickets are available for €...




riviera dreaming: love and war on the côte d'azur

what do the landmark villas le trident, château de l’horizon and villa aujourd’hui have in common? american architect barry dierks. one of the most notable architects of the côte d’azur, mr dierks is credited with building or remodelling 120 homes between the 1930s and 1950s.in a new biography about the architect, riviera dreaming: love and war on the côte d'azur, maureen emerson describes the life and love of barry dierks and his lifelong partner, eric sawyer, who lived life to the fullest during the heyday of the region’s art deco period.barry dierks defined the côte d’azur lifestyle we know and love today, but it wasn’t just his buildings that revolutionised the region — it was his concept of outdoor living and joie de v...




the biggest boats, the greatest skippers: nice ultimed

from 25th april to 6th may, nice will host a major sailing event unlike any the city – or the mediterranean – has experienced before. billed as an xxl boat race featuring the largest racing boats in the world alongside the sport’s finest skippers, nice ultimed is inviting ultimate-class trimarans to the shores of the côte d’azur.“the aim of this event is to give fans in the mediterranean area the opportunity to enjoy the amazing spectacle of these mind-boggling big boats,” says the event’s director, jean-baptiste durier. “they are longer than a basketball court, have a height of 35 metres – equivalent to a 10-storey building – and derive their power from their sails, which have a surface area equal to that of 2.5 tennis ...




photomonaco: a new creative date

under the patronage of prince albert ii of monaco, the very first edition of photomonaco is taking place from 5th to 8th april at the quai antoine ier exhibition space. with the theme the time of vision, 35 top-class exhibitors and photographers from around the world have been invited to showcase their work within an overall panorama of art andcollectible photography.the event is directed by art writer and curator renaud siegmann and features a specially commissioned exhibition by nikos aliagas, the ambassador of the 2018 show. the overriding objective of the event is to consider all elements of photography: “since photography, art can no longer be thought of as a world apart. with it, art gives back to see the life of things and of the sp...




tickets to see a baroque de nice concert

on friday 13th and sunday 15th april (at 8.30pm and 4.30pm respectively), christophe mazeaud on the oboe will lead a troupe of baroque de nice musicians in vibrant renditions of works by: tomaso giovanni albinoni, georg philipp telemann, antonio vivaldi, johann georg pisendel and johann sebastian bach.“the greatest composers of the baroque period each seized the concerto in their own way, playing with the infinite possibilities offered by this form,” say organisers of the concerts, which will be held at the église saint-roch in nice. “vivaldi alone would have produced more than 500, forging its european renown. from the concerto for strings where the concertino dialogues with the ri...




club vivanova: innovative gins & inventive indian cuisine

join club vivanova members and guests at the recently opened maya jah indian restaurant in monaco on wednesday 4th april. founder of the club bradley mitton has selected 15 of the chef's most specialist dishes and paired them in sharing-courses with four scottish craft gins from the eden mill distillery in st andrews, scotland. the oriental spices in these various dishes marry incredibly well with the flavour profiles of the boutique gins.bradley will host a presentation of each of the gins including the eden mill original gin, love gin, hop gin and oak gin. each will be combined into a unique ...




the great outdoors: improving the value of your property & your standard of living

at the end of the property tour, as the owner opened the french doors, the deal is decided. beyond a terracotta-tiled patio framed by oleander, a grassy slope studded with olive trees and young, silvery pines extended down to a little brook. the lawn was in a poor state and a pomegranate tree in the far corner was bare of fruit or leaves, but the desire to rush out into the garden was immediate and overwhelming.in the words of renowned french garden designer and architect, jean mus, the perfect garden should ‘excite emotion and arouse all five senses’. it should bring pleasure – the tangible and intangible – and inspire. james hartley of the english garden, which he founded two decades ago with his brother william while they were in ...




princess charlene & the saint devote rugby tournament

on saturday 31st march, teams from around the world will participate in the eighth saint devote rugby tournament at the louis ii stadium in monaco. organised by the monegasque rugby federation in collaboration with the princess charlene of monaco foundation in order to celebrate rugby and its different approaches, the day promises to be particularly intense.“the saint devote rugby tournament continues to grow each year,” says princess charlene. “for the 2018 edition, we welcome 16 teams representing 13 nations. i am happy to say once again that sport is a vehicle for exchanges, for surpassing oneself starting at a young age and for creating friendships across borders.”alongside the princess, two-time french champion and four-time win...




monaco: bal de la rose

on saturday 24th march, the monegasque sovereign family officially launched the ‘party season’ in the principality with the historic bal de la rose at the salle des etoiles of the sporting monte-carlo. with the theme of manhattan brought to life by karl lagerfeld, who in turn took inspiration from cartoon sempé, 900 privileged guests were treated to a spectacular evening of dancing, gourmet arts and charity.14,000 roses and flowers, 1,000 metres of p...




the new french wealth tax: understanding the perimeters of the impôt sur la fortune immobilière

since 1st january 2018, the isf (impôt de solidarité sur la fortune) has been replaced by the new annual real estate wealth tax, known as ifi (impôt sur la fortune immobilière), which is a tax on immovable property whose taxable base is limited to non-business related real estate assets.therefore, securities, banking and financial investments, cash, jewels, furniture, shares, fine wines and other valuables are excluded. the premises used for the taxpayer’s main professional activity and property used for furnished rental activity (provided the landlord is a registered professional landlord) are also exempt from the new wealth tax.ifi is based on the wealth of the household, including spouse and children. unmarried couples living togeth...




villa eilenroc: eternal elegance on the cap d'antibes

occupying perhaps the most privileged site on the cap d’antibes, the columned portico and gardens of villa eilen-roc face a near flawless view of the azure mediterranean sea and lérins islands. it has been largely uninhabited since the end of wwii, but its presence is so strong that you can almost hear the sounds of jazz records, the tinkle of chandeliers in the breeze, the clinking of champagne flutes on the terrace, and the shrieks of laughter of bobbed and beautiful women.before the eruption of the war in 1939, villa eilenroc was one of the grandest homes in the french riviera. guests included the valentinos, greta garbo, european royalty and kings of industry. should you receive an invitation to a dinner party, you might have found yo...




top french golfer becomes ambassador of barbossi golf club

france's number one in professional golf, alexander lévy, has become the new ambassador of riviera golf de barbossi in mandelieu. director of the golf course sébastien sergent says he is very happy to have found such a successful and likeable professional golf player to be a representative. with his help, the club hopes to expand its renown and embark on a new training period for the next generation of golfers. lévy believes it is deeply needed, not only at barbossi, but across all golf clubs in france.  why did lévy choose the riviera club barbossi? “they work intensively here for the youth, that’s what got me excited,” he said with a beaming smile at the press conference in early march.born in 1990 in orange, california, lévy i...




kids for kids: mimosa launches children's fun run

the first ever fun run for kids, organised by mimosa matters, will take place on 15th april 2018 at the stade des bouillides in valbonne. ebica international school is proudly sponsoring this event, which has been specifically organised for children between the ages of five and 15 to help in the fight against childhood cancer in the alpes-maritimes.every year, there are another 2,500 case of childhood cancers diagnosed in france, and 50 right here on our doorstep in the alpes-maritimes. these children undergo treatments in various hospitals, often for a long time, robbing them of a childhood.following on from the huge success of mimosa teams in the yearly nice-cannes marathon, mimosa matters has decided to launch the mini mimosa fun run to e...




induction deductions at source | riviera insider

intended to modernise the collection of the income tax without changing the rules of calculation, the planned withholding tax system in france (prélèvement à la source de l'impôt sur le revenue) will be effective on 1st january 2019 instead of 1st january 2018 as initially expected.these additional 12 months will allow the government to finalise the new tax system and help the taxpayers and companies to get a better understanding of what they should expect next year as well as begin adapting to this change. taxpayers will be informed for the first time about their future tax rate when they submit their next income tax declaration on line, which means in spring 2018. those still using the paper format of the declaration will only be infor...




together they are 100 | riviera insider

prince albert is turning 60? that cannot be! and yet, on 14th march 1958, princess grazia patrizia – formerly known as american actress grace kelly – gave birth to her second child in the palais princier. the future sovereign, hereditary prince albert alexandre louis pierre marquis de baux, was born! he had an elder sister (by little over a year) in princess caroline, but to this day, the monegasque constitution provides that a boy is first in line.more than half a century has passed since the principality fired 101 cannon shots in celebration and the population rejoiced in an important event for the future of the small country. in all those years, heavy blows of fate and moments of pure happiness have marked the life of the prince.alber...




more sand, please! | riviera insider

the winter months were almost as busy as those of summer for cannes’ shoreline as 80,000 cubic metres of sand were transported onto the already artificial beach. since the 1960s, when the first major widening operation took place, not much has been done to maintain the 1.4 kilometre-long plage. the engraissement operation will increase the width of the beach up to 40 metres in places from the current 25 to 30 metres. it is hoped that this extra room for manoeuvring will reduced t...




the sea & you | riviera insider

the french ministry for an ecological and inclusive transition (most often referred to as the ministry of ecology) is asking for public assistance with strategies for the protection and conservation of the country’s coastline and waters.focusing on four zones – the mediterranean, the north sea and the eastern half of the channel, the western half of the channel and the northern section of atlantic coast,...




art goes underground in les baux-de-provence

in the depths of the les grand fonds quarry (now known as the carrières de lumières) at the foot of les baux-de-provence, a new exhibition entitled picasso & les maitres espagnols opened on 2nd march. until january 2019, visitors can walk the towering underground halls of the site, which was first opened as a quarry in the 19th century, and enjoy the colourful artworks of some of spain’s most celebrated artists.the first section of the exhibition presents portraits and everyday scenes painted by goya, rusiñol, zuloaga, and sorolla. the second portion is dedicated exclusively to picasso, as...