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A guide to the chestnuts of Provence in October

in Visiting the Riviera by Caren Trafford
As Anne of Green Gables, the beloved character created by L.M. Montgomery, said, “I love October.” The air is crisp, the light is intense and the leaves crunchy. What better way to celebrate the tenth month of the year than enjoying an autumn day filled with all things chestnut? So here’s a two-minute guide to everything you need to know about this… Read More

The Riviera Cricket Club: 25 years and not out

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Jonathon Brown
Quite apart from the respectable theory that cricket may have originated in northern France in the 13th century, cricket on the Côte d’Azur has an odd enough history; amidst all this summer’s razzmatazz surrounding the Promenade des Anglais (see “Jonathon Brown's art at the Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice” from last issue), we rue the fact that in… Read More

Mougins School celebrates the Harvest Festival

in Community by Riviera Reporter
On Friday 9th October, 2015, Mougins School celebrates the Harvest Festival and, as we have done for over twenty years, twenty-four students from the Primary School Choir entertained the residents of the senior citizen home at the Font de l’Orme in Mougins. They performed four songs, one of which is “L’Eau Vive” in homage to Guy Béart who recently passed… Read More

Liguria like a local: Apricale

in Travel by Chrissie McClatchie
For this next instalment (see Liguria like a local: Dolceacqua) in my series on the wonderful villages hidden in the hills of Liguria, I enlisted the help of my trusty… More...

Henning Mankell: Paradise after Wallander

in Profiles of Residents by Nancy Heslin
Henning Mankell died age 67 on Monday October 5th, 2015, from cancer. The Inspector Wallander creator had a home in old Antibes. We last met in May 2013, at his local haunt,… More...

Rent an apartment at the new “Albert” residence for seniors

in Local Living by Barry Hibbitt
A new prince in the name and shape of Albert is arising to give home, security and succour to senior citizens downsizing on the Cote d’Azur. Albert was, of course, the much… More...

Mimosa charity runners in Nice-Cannes Marathon in aid of cancer support

in Community by Karen Hockney
In the two years since the Mimosa Committee was set up, the charity has raised in excess of an astonishing €100,000 towards the fight against cancer in the Alpes Maritimes.… More...

Dual British and French nationality: the expat solution?

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
In this corner, appearing out of nowhere in only a few months, Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to a 59% first-round victory for the Labour Party leadership was the biggest electoral… More...

Accidents blight start of French hunting season

in Eye on France by The Local
The French hunting season began with a bang mid-September 2015, but no sooner had it started than the first accident was reported when a hunter shot his own brother in the… More...

French speed cameras trap 4.5m foreign drivers, but will Brits pay up?

in Motoring by Riviera Reporter
Speed cameras in France have caught foreign motorists a staggering 4.5 million times in just one year, that’s an incredible 123,287 per day or 5,139 per hour. British drivers… More...

Homer’s Odyssey in 13 easy steps on the Colline du Château in Nice

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
If it’s been a while since you’ve read the Greek classics (or if you just never got around to it) no worries! There’s no need to pull out the books. In Nice, you can take a… More...

400 Words at 5.30 with Nannies: Inside the Lost World of Sports Journalism by Peter Bills

in Reading by Riviera Reporter
What on earth is it about the French? We live in among them, hugely enjoy their company, marvel at their food and our taste buds salivate at their wines. But do we really… More...

Monaco and the Yacht Show 2015: the Alpha and the Omega

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
The most important event in the megayacht world takes place September 23rd-26th – the celebrated Monaco Yacht Show ( This is its Jubilee year, the… More...

Exemption from French social charges with S1 form, a taxing system

in Doing It in France by Peter Johnson
Previously, we’ve seen how UK second homeowners have won the battle against having to pay social taxes (prélèvements sociaux) on their rental income in France, based on the… More...

French are happier than Brits, says new study

in Eye on France by Riviera Reporter
If numerous previous studies and surveys are to be believed, the French are a morose bunch suffering from a “collective depression”. But a new study suggests the French may… More...

Tanzania: The greatest show on earth

in Travel by Caren Trafford
How do you find a birthday present for a man who has everything and has been everywhere? It took months of planning but as our pilot began the descent towards the small sandy… More...

Fishy supper in aid of French and British lifeboats

in Community by Frances Grace Thompson
According to the inscriptions in our Grace family bible, we are descended from the Victorian heroine Grace Darling, the Longstone lighthouse keeper’s daughter, famed for… More...

Resources for healthy eating and well-being, one plate at a time

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Scott Bell
In 400 BC, give or take a year, Hippocrates coined the expression “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, and ever since we’ve been aware of the link between… More...

Ötillö 2015: Me and Pippa Middleton go on the run

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Nancy Heslin
Only the Swedes could invent a one-day sports event as mad as the Ötillö SwimRun World Championships. The SwimRun movement, started by Mats Skott and Michael in 2006, and has… More...

Dolphin Day demonstrators in Nice

in Community by Elodie Peyrano
There are a lot of thing you can expect to see at Place Masséna: musicians, performers, a Christmas market. But on Saturday August 29th, 2015, people on hand witnessed… More...

Greecing the Wheels

in Expat Issues by PJ Heslin
In 1793, Japan was ruled by a Shogun, China by an emperor and a Sultan still controlled vast portions of the Middle East and the Balkan Peninsula. France was in the middle of… More...

VendrediLecture, one for the books on social media

in Reading by Elodie Peyrano
Let’s be honest, between social networking and apps, it seems like people are spending more time crushing candies and less time reading. But don’t despair; VendrediLecture… More...

Liguria like a local: Sestri Levante

in Travel by Elizabeth Gabay
To me, Liguria splits in two at Genoa. To the west, along the coastal stretch known as the Riviera Ligure di Ponente (the coast of the setting sun), it’s an easily accessible… More...

Buying your French home, the final steps

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Previously, we looked at defining your search for your dream property in France and how to make an offer. We now walk you through those final steps of becoming a home owner.… More...

Provence Diary: Benefits of a hair cut by a visiting stylist

in Features by Jamie Ivey
Normally I have my hair cut by a pompier. My wife says you can pretty much tell by the end result. By this she means it’s evident that I have been attacked by someone more… More...

Finding your voice on the Riviera by joining a local choir

in Community by Audrey Stuart
From classical music to jazz, barbershop, gospel and pop, any keen singers wanting to join a choir on the Riviera should find it easy to choose the right group for them and… More...

Wine: A rosé by any other name

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
The Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, having graced us with their ever-exhausting whirl, reminded us that it was time to watch the temperature rise and relax with a… More...

The cats of La Romieu

in Features by Margo Lestz
One of the main tourist attractions in the small medieval village of La Romieu, in southwest France, is the abundance of cats to be found there. They sun themselves on ledges… More...

Eileen Gray: A long life and a short dream, the story of villa E1027

in Features by Maureen Emerson
After what many agree have been far too many years of neglect, the iconic Modernist villa E1027 at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has been restored and opened to the public as of May… More...

Jonathon Brown's art at the Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice

in Visiting the Riviera by Riviera Reporter
At the Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice, lurking in lush gardens on the hill behind the Radisson Hotel, the big free-hanging canvas painting Tempête à Nice (above) by… More...

New French rules and regulations: Buckle up and put down that sandwich!

in Eye on France by The Local
Life slightly changed in France as of July 1st, 2015, with everything from driving rules, dodgy parking and family allowance payments affected. Here’s what you need to know.… More...

Homes and Houses: Mougins villa of artist Ziva

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
She is a true artist, and hides behind the exotic name of Ziva. After eight creative and rewarding years living in a stunning Mougins villa, this international woman of… More...

A matter of FATCA: Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act agreement with France

in Expat Issues by George Donnelly
A record 1,335 Americans renounced their passports in the first three months of 2015. According to official US data, this staggering figure is close to 40% of the 3,415… More...

It’s official: women do bulk of housework in France

in Doing It in France by The Local
Women in France still do the bulk of the housework and most men wouldn’t know a duster if it tickled them on the nose, a new study shows. French women spend two and a half… More...

The Incredible Hauk, a new app for Breaking News

in Community by Riviera Reporter
Join Hauk for an exclusive Reddit AMA on Wednesday July 22nd, 2015, at 11am EST to learn about their rapid Startup experience. Follow @Hauknews on Twitter and Facebook.More...

Your in-flight entertainment - by British yobs and slobs

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
As foreign media pick up on the increasing number of British press reports of loutish behaviour at home and abroad, decent British expats are left feeling shame and… More...

Cougourdons in Nice, "A home without a gourd is like an empty nest"

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
In niçois tradition, the gourd brings good luck. There is even an old proverb that says, “A home without a gourd is like an empty nest.” If your home is currently… More...

Beyond the Arctic Circle: In search of the polar bear

in Travel by Caren Trafford
I love wildlife programmes but I never believed that the photographs and videos – those close-ups of polar bears as they frolicked on pure white ice floes or ambled with… More...

Freelance in France by Barth Hulley

in Reading by Barth Hulley
If you’re planning to try something new, like jump out of an aeroplane with a silk sheet tied to your back, then you’d be wise to seek a bit of advice on how to do it –… More...

Champagne moments, in search of a new discovery

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
Spring is tasting season for the wine trade. A winter of watching snow reports is abruptly ended and the serious job of finalising your selection for the new season takes… More...

Buying your French home, one step at a time

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Here at Leggett Immobilier, we’ve helped thousands of overseas clients to purchase property in France over the past two decades and know that the different buying process,… More...

Roque Around Les Coqs in Roquebrune

in Visiting the Riviera by Richard McCreery
Nestled between the Principality of Monaco and Menton, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin’s oldest part is the perched village, overlooking the sea, with its 10th-century castle built to… More...

How the Eiffel Tower was sold

in Features by Margo Lestz
It was 1925 and Victor Lustig was sitting in his Paris hotel room reading a newspaper article about the Eiffel Tower. That gigantic structure had been built for the 1889… More...

Provence Diary: Let bidons be bidons when having a urine test

in Features by Jamie Ivey
It’s just possible that this is my last column for the Riviera Reporter. Either the mystery illness I’m about to write about will get me, or the editor will decide the… More...

The Bereavement Support Network of the Var can help when losing a pet

in Pets and Animals by Riviera Reporter
According to the UK’s Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PFMA), a report on pet ownership trends sampled over two years estimates that 13 million UK households (that’s 46%)… More...

Ladies’ Rally Vintage Car charity event 2015, in aid of Child CARE Monaco

in Community by Riviera Reporter
The second edition of the Ladies’ Rally Vintage Car Charity Event takes place Sept 20th, 2015. Created by Martine Ackermann as a glamorous and entertaining women-only… More...

Andrew Gradon, airport scammer - we got him!

in Travel by Riviera Reporter
If you’ve been a regular Reporter reader in recent years, the name Andrew Gradon should mean something. He was the British conman whose sob story fooled unwary travellers at… More...

The Monaco US Economic Forum: Les Brownlee, with a lifetime of service

in Expat Issues by PJ Heslin
This summer’s inaugural Monaco US Economic Forum, which takes place June 8th to 12th, 2015, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert, will see some of America’s… More...

Mega-yacht disaster lessons learnt

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
Responsible seamen – that means all of us boaters – continue to reflect on the recent mass tragedies of the sunken Korean ferryboat Sewol and the Costa Concordia beached on… More...

Homes and Houses: The Pointe Croisette, pointing to the calmer Cannes

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
It's clearly part of Cannes, but only up to a point. The Pointe Croisette area is in fact a “principality” in its own right, the land of the quartier owned by the residents… More...

Organic matters: What is “bio”, where to find organic products on the Riviera

in Table Talk by Scott Bell
These days it’s difficult to avoid the word “organic” – or bio in French – and seeing the European organic logo, that green flag with its 12 white stars in the shape of a… More...

A no-nansense Michelin meal at La Table de Nans restaurant in La Ciotat

in Table Talk by Caren Trafford
It’s been more than 100 years since the tyre manufacturers André Michelin and his brother published the first edition of a guide for French motorists in 1900. At the time… More...

Will the Coen brothers make the Cannes Film Festival different this year?

in Local Living by Dan Seeger
Speculating about how the Cannes Film Festival might be different this year, with Joel and Ethan Coen at the head of the feature films competition jury, is irresistible. For… More...
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