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Articles and News Features

The Ephrussis: Dog Weddings, Duels, and Stalin?

The elegant pink villa on the promontory of St. Jean Cap Ferrat was built for Charlotte Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. She was born into the European banking family of the Rothchilds and married Maurice Ephrussi, a friend of her parents, who belonged to a Russian banking family. They had homes in Monaco, Paris and Deauville as well as the magnificent villa on St. Jean Cap Ferrat. If you visit this villa, you will hear that Beatrice, as the…
Features Elodie Peyrano

Halloween 2014: Keep calm and have a Nice fright

Beware … despite the beautiful weather still lingering on the French Riviera, ghouls, witches, ghosts and zombies have not forgotten that Halloween is on its way and are preparing to gather and enjoy a great night of terror. Trick or Treating in France may not be as popular as in the US but that doesn’t stop the French from celebrating the most terrifying holiday of the year, especially in Nice where it comes in the form of the Samain du…
Features Nancy Heslin

Cannes connection for a big noise in the movie world

Todd Warren’s lost eerie souls and airy wind in trees. The reason Torontonian Todd Warren packed his life in a suitcase and moved to France may not be unique – love (he met his French wife during an immersion stint in Montpellier) – but what he does here to pay the rent most certainly is. In 2003, he put life as an award-winning sound engineer behind him and with his wife purchased two mediaeval townhouses in Aveyron, with the idea of running…

How Compassion Sans Frontières saved the life of little Ismaïl

Philippe Laïk had just flown in from the US when he took the call in the back of a Parisian taxi. His cook was calling…

Agency fees for renters finally capped

Property and Pools Riviera Reporter
Since September 15th, 2014, those costly “agency fees” that renters in France have to pay when they go through a real…

Voting rights and wrongs for British expats

Expat Issues Riviera Reporter
As the 2015 UK general election draws near, some expat Britons here remain unhappy with the fact that they still don’t…

The National Museum of Sport is sure to score

Visiting the Riviera Riviera Reporter
If you’re a museum enthusiast, then you’ll know the Riviera boasts many, ranging from modest village exhibits to the…

Linguistic expert Troy Titterington on making the most of a bilingual education

With another school year underway, newly arrived expats may be feeling the impact from the decision to move to a foreign…

Too bad if your yacht's too big for Villefranche

Yachting and Boating Michael Healy
One of the world’s most beautiful bays is right here on our Riviera: Villefranche, with its historical old town and…

Monte-Carlo Golf Club: Golfing on top of the world

If the gods played golf, then the Monte-Carlo Golf Club would be their home course. As you thread your way up the…

Homes and Houses: The secret appeal of a “mas” market gem, Le Pavillon

Property and Pools Riviera Reporter
Ronald van der Meij carefully put down the bottle of wine he had just selected and, straining his ears, tried to make…

Provence Diary: Castaway in Provence

Features Jamie Ivey
So here they all come, in their red-kneed posh-car glory, the tourists, nicknamed the gibier d’été, because with no…

Gardening: The essence of a dry garden

Outdoors and Nature James Basson
As specialists in dry gardens we often get asked, “So you do cactus gardens?” While of course cacti and succulent plants…
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