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Education and Learning Camille Chevalier-Karfis

How to say “ouch” in French (and ten other sounds)

Onomatopoeia is the written version of a sound – think ssh, ouch or bang. And like everything else, the rules are a little bit different in French. The French don’t make a kissing noise or say mwa – they say smack (or even smack smack) for the sound of a soft kiss in French. It’s even the common name for a peck on the lips. “Il m’a fait un smack” (He gave me a peck on the lips, a soft kiss) is a far cry from the English…
Visiting the Riviera Chrissie McClatchie

Discovering the other Piedmont: Nizza Monferrato and Barbera

With gentle slopes covered in vines, historic hilltop villages overflowing with charm, chic restaurants and cosy B&Bs, it’s easy to see why Piedmont is such a popular destination for French Riviera residents. This corner of Northern Italy is a world apart from the glitz and glamour of our azure stretch of coast, yet is less than a three-hour drive from Nice. The hills surrounding the pretty villages of Barolo and…
Visiting the Riviera Cheryl Robson

An insider’s guide to life west of Cannes

It was a coup de coeur as the French say – a simple fisherman’s cottage with a panoramic view of the bay of Toulon – and we fell in love with it over 20 years ago. Since then, we’ve extended the cottage by buying the land next door and building a pool in the garden. The whole project took over five years, involved two teams of builders, as well as many local tradesmen. The French words for tiles, screws, taps, drains,…

Interview with Joe Theismann on the Monaco-US Celebrity Amateur Ryder Cup

Sport PJ Heslin
Although I am firmly lodged into my middle years, there are moments when I still feel like a teenager. In preparation…

Posing as a naked model for artist Chris Savage

Culture and Arts Karen Hockney
Most of us know what we like when it comes to choosing a piece of art. But having a framed original work that is…

The French do love their wedding customs

History and Traditions Riviera Reporter
If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a wedding in France, or are planning to get married here, there are a…

A hidden cove to call your own on the Ile Ste-Marguerite

Visiting the Riviera Riviera Reporter
Passengers 104 maximum. That was the capacity of the boat, according to the slightly faded sign. We were certainly…

Uritrottoir takes on the “wild peeing” plague

Eye on France Riviera Reporter
Two French inventors think they’ve come up with an environmentally-friendly solution to the stink and mess of “wild…

Don’t sweat it in summer, stay hydrated

Health and Well-being Susan Tomassini
There’s something special about eating in the summertime. Maybe because fruits and vegetables are at their best or…

Reflections on Brexit: The rude awakening

Expat Issues Michael Carberry
Almost two months after the British decision to leave the EU, the UK and Europe are still reeling from the fallout. For…

Tax on savings and investments in France

Are you protecting your savings and investments from unnecessary taxation in France? You will have worked to build up…

Running High, Running Low, Running Long by Ben Rolfe

Reading Riviera Reporter
We first mentioned Monaco-based Ben Rolfe in the summer of 2014 (On a Rolfe. Fundraising for Diabetes), after his…

UKSA scholarship in honour of Bosun Will Black

Yachting and Boating Riviera Reporter
Six years ago during the Monaco Yacht Show, Bosun Will Black of the 183-foot (56m) Perini Navi S/Y Burrasca was involved…

Joining the Riviera Hash House Harriers

Community Melanie Gulliver
If, like me, you like to discover new places on the Côte d’Azur and meeting friendly multi-national (mostly…

A digitally distracted generation in the classroom

One of the employment opportunities available to expats with certain qualifications is teaching English. Before I left…

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