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Expat Issues Riviera Reporter

Voting rights and wrongs for British expats

As the 2015 UK general election draws near, some expat Britons here remain unhappy with the fact that they still don’t have a national vote anywhere – neither in Britain, if they’d lived overseas for more than 15 years, nor in France where they pay their taxes. One solution is to take out French nationality, which at least gives the right to vote in France. Another might come with François Hollande’s proposal to give the vote to resident…
Visiting the Riviera Riviera Reporter

The National Museum of Sport is sure to score

If you’re a museum enthusiast, then you’ll know the Riviera boasts many, ranging from modest village exhibits to the spectacular Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. While most of France’s best-rated musées are in Paris, one local museum has made TripAdvisor’s Top Ten: The Marc Chagall Museum on Ave Docteur Ménard in Nice rates 9th. One user on the travel website comments, “Plenty here for the Chagall enthusiast, and you can…

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 country and put their children into a local school where instruction is not in their mother tongue. Research from Jim Cummins at the University of Toronto claims that it takes five to seven years “to become academically fluent in a foreign language”, and one to three years to become fluent in social contexts. However, to…

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…

A journey of a thousand miles through France begins with … a reservation

Travel Lisa Pepin
Even though it’s one of the most visited regions on the planet, the South of France is a geographical oddity in the…

Photography: Ed Holt, to sea through his lens

Features Mike Meade
Digital cameras have simplified many aspects of the photographer’s craft but the old adage rings as true as ever – by…

Gene Budig, Major League President, joins Monaco US Business Roundtable

Expat Issues PJ Heslin
First in a series on the movers and shakers behind the Monaco US Business Roundtable. We all have that moment. No matter…

Home Style: Great storage ideas come out of the closet for fancy dressing

Features Riviera Reporter
What started out as cupboard love has turned into a full-blown passion when it comes to keeping our clothes neat and…

Antiquing: Going for brocante

Features Caren Trafford
Experts say that words make up a mere 7% of the way we communicate – the rest is body language, inflection and so forth.…
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