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5 Jean Cocteau treasures on the Riviera

in Culture and Arts by Margo Lestz
Jean Cocteau was truly a multi-talented artist. He considered himself a poet but he was also a novelist, playwright, film director, set designer, painter, and ceramicist – a true jack of all trades. Cocteau was born in 1889 near Paris and spent most of his life in and around that area.… Read More

A step-by-step guide to becoming a freelancer

in Finance, Tax and Business by Barth Hulley
Despite the French government embracing digital technology to reduce the form-filling burden, paperwork is a way of life for those of us residing in this country. Any brush with officialdom still seems to require no end of justificatives, attestations, and lu et approuvé. Even though form… Read More

Wine: Thoughts on 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
Fantastic! Finally, a year in Bordeaux to really get excited about. This may not be the biggest news of the day as the wine world has been not so quietly excited about the 2015 vintage since the moment the grapes were safely out of Mother Nature’s hands. But it’s a subject worth visiting… Read More

Tracing the 1,000-mile odyssey of D.H. Lawrence’s phoenix headstone

in History and Traditions by Robert Bullock
Soon after D. H.Lawrence’s burial in Vence Cemetery on March 4th, 1930, his widow Frieda commissioned a simple headstone to place on his grave. No words were engraved on the… More...

On y va! Hiking though the Alpes-Maritimes by train

in Visiting the Riviera by Portia Griffey
I have lived in Nice for the past few years, learning French as I go, as I didn’t speak a word when I arrived. Through On Va Sortir (OVS) I have discovered a love of hiking… More...

Provence Diary: The life-saving course that made my head swim

in Features by Dan Briggs
So there I was in the village watching a Euro 2016 warm-up game. The bar had put a TV outside on the street. A woman squeezed through the crowd to stand next to me. She was… More...

Homes and Houses: Newly built bastide in St Cezaire sur Siagne

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
Inland from Nice, in the foothills surrounding Grasse, are some of the best and most entrancing views in this magical part of the world. Long considered the perfume capital… More...

Interview with Nick Danziger: From Monte Carlo into another world

in Culture and Arts by Molly Brown
The charm of life on the French Riviera has always attracted writers, artists and photographers, but world famous photo-journalist, Nick Danziger, chose to make Monaco his… More...

Hubert Boivin: Q&A with “Best of Cooking Nice”

in Table Talk by Riviera Reporter
RR: Hubert Boivin, tell us about your role as President of UPCR, the restaurant owner’s union of Nice and the surrounding area (“Syndicat des cafetiers et restaurateurs de… More...

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

in Education and Learning by Camille Chevalier-Karfis
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… More...

Discovering the other Piedmont: Nizza Monferrato and Barbera

in Visiting the Riviera by Chrissie McClatchie
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… More...

An insider’s guide to life west of Cannes

in Visiting the Riviera by Cheryl Robson
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… More...

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

in Sport by PJ Heslin
Although I am firmly lodged into my middle years, there are moments when I still feel like a teenager. In preparation for the first ever Amateur Ryder Cup between the USA and… More...

Posing as a naked model for artist Chris Savage

in Culture and Arts by 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 uniquely personal to you hanging in your home or office takes… More...

The French do love their wedding customs

in History and Traditions by 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 few wedding traditions you might not have seen before.… More...

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

in Visiting the Riviera by Riviera Reporter
Passengers 104 maximum. That was the capacity of the boat, according to the slightly faded sign. We were certainly precariously close to limit, bunched together, proverbial… More...

Uritrottoir takes on the “wild peeing” plague

in Eye on France by Riviera Reporter
Two French inventors think they’ve come up with an environmentally-friendly solution to the stink and mess of “wild peeing”. And people are listening. “People urinating on… More...

Don’t sweat it in summer, stay hydrated

in Health and Well-being by Susan Tomassini
There’s something special about eating in the summertime. Maybe because fruits and vegetables are at their best or perhaps it’s that eating en plein air strengthens our… More...

Reflections on Brexit: The rude awakening

in Expat Issues by Michael Carberry
Almost two months after the British decision to leave the EU, the UK and Europe are still reeling from the fallout. For David Cameron, who thought by calling the referendum… More...

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 your savings; your aim now is to protect them and the… More...

Running High, Running Low, Running Long by Ben Rolfe

in Reading by Riviera Reporter
We first mentioned Monaco-based Ben Rolfe in the summer of 2014 (On a Rolfe. Fundraising for Diabetes), after his daughter Alice had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes from… More...

UKSA scholarship in honour of Bosun Will Black

in Yachting and Boating by 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 in a tender accident and went missing. His family has… More...

Joining the Riviera Hash House Harriers

in Community by Melanie Gulliver
If, like me, you like to discover new places on the Côte d’Azur and meeting friendly multi-national (mostly English-speaking) people of all ages, then you should check out… More...

A digitally distracted generation in the classroom

in Education and Learning by PJ Heslin
One of the employment opportunities available to expats with certain qualifications is teaching English. Before I left the US in 2009, the prospect of finding full-time work… More...

The mega wealthy who own megayachts

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
For a display of real opulence, look no further than the ports of Monaco and Antibes. The rows of huge yachts, presented stern-to, inspire awe, if not envy. They cost more to… More...

Wealth management spotlight: Rob Kay

in Finance, Tax and Business by Riviera Reporter
Blevins Franks are the leading international tax and wealth management advisers to British nationals living in Europe. Rob Kay joined the firm in 1998 and established the… More...

Homes and Houses: Narnia-like Provençal bastide in Sillans-la-Cascade

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
Just an hour from Sainte Maxime and the Côte d’Azur, in the heart of old Provence, sits the enchanting village of Sillans-la-Cascade in Central Var. Its name alone entrances… More...

Provence Diary: The thigh’s the limit on French TV

in Features by Dan Briggs
My French teacher has advised me to watch as much French television as possible. My favourite shows are the current affairs programmes. They are usually presented by an older… More...

A lesson about how to write the number “one” on cheques

in Finance, Tax and Business by Barth Hulley
Bookkeeping, accounting and generally knowing your numbers are a fairly important part of working for yourself, be it in France or elsewhere. However, when you move to… More...

The fate of D.H. Lawrence’s ashes after his burial in Vence

in History and Traditions by Robert Bullock
During the afternoon of March 4th, 1930, a small group of people gathered in Vence Cemetery for the funeral of the novelist and poet, D.H. Lawrence, who had died of… More...

A trio of rosé wines from Provence

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
An early Easter and the season of pink was well and truly launched, perhaps with a big jumper or two nearby, but what a grand way to ease into the best of Provence. The… More...

John Hefford: Obituary

in Profiles of Residents by Riviera Reporter
Author John Hefford, who wove his fiction around modern French history and the contrast of French and British personalities, was born and educated in England but he lived… More...

Q&A with Luc Salsedo, creator of the socca chip

in Table Talk by Riviera Reporter
RR: Born in Cagnes-sur-mer, how did the region influence your relationship with food? LS: I grew up with a grandfather who was a butcher, fond of local cuisine, and my mother… More...

La Poste leads the charge with electric scooters

in Eye on France by Caren Trafford
Over the last few months, I’ve fallen in love. And the object of my desire is helping to save the planet. I’m talking about the cutsie canary-yellow scooters that deliver our… More...

Expat appeal for Team BRIT, British vets at Le Mans

in Sport by Riviera Reporter
Team BRIT (British Racing Injured Troops) are hosting a friendly British expat weekend over July 16th and 17th, 2016, in the Marseille area, based around the 24 Hours of Le… More...

Madame Tussaud: Ahead of her time

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
When you think of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, you probably think of movie stars, political figures, and other famous people. You can mingle among these wax effigies, and even… More...

John Collingwood: Obituary

in Profiles of Residents by Selwyn Glick
Born in 1925, John Collingwood was a man of many layers. He was a British sailor with a distinguished war record, recently acknowledged by the French state with the award of… More...

Fireworks on the French Riviera, dates for summer 2016

in Community by Michael Healy
Firework displays and competitions along the Riviera seaside, from Monaco to the Var. June Sunday 26: St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat July Thursday 7: Marines de Cogolin Friday 8: Port… More...

Refugee Aid Côte d’Azur’s container drive for Syria

in Community by Riviera Reporter
When a local Facebook group started up in September 2015, no one would have guessed its imminent success. In collaboration with four schools, Les Trois Collines, Les… More...

Brexpat: Your letters about our “Brexit Report”

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
Letters to the Editor about our Brexit Report editorial from our April/May 2016 issue. Boris I think the most frightening thing about Boris Johnson is his obvious political… More...

House prices on the rise, despite a possible Brexit

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
So here we are, nearly half way through the year, and what’s that I hear, a collective gasp of “What, already?” Okay, so what has the housing market been like to date. It’s… More...

The 4th Medieval Festival in Fayence

in Community by Riviera Reporter
Housed in a 18th-century gristmill (built next to a one-of-a-kind 13th-century horizontal mill), EcoMusée du Pays de Fayence is a non-profit association (loi 1901) that… More...

Sonja Lockyer tells us about her Holistic Garden Party

in Health and Well-being by Karen Hockney
It started out as a simple midsummer gathering among friends and acquaintances in a back garden in Mougins. Now in its fourth year, the Holistic Garden Party has flourished… More...

Your tax filing days are numbered

in Finance, Tax and Business by Peter Johnson
Elections are coming up. You can tell as the government takes some of the sting out of income tax rates. In 2015, 3 million households were totally exempt from tax; a further… More...

Geoffrey’s of London: a Riviera institution turns 25

in Local Living by Riviera Reporter
In 1990, Geoffrey Garnett was looking for a new challenge in life and identified a business opportunity in Antibes while on holiday there with his family. The following year,… More...

Nice resident Nikki Manwarring on kicking smoking

in Health and Well-being by Riviera Reporter
I love being a non-smoker. I feel free. I started smoking when I was 18. It wasn’t to be sociable. I was working as an au pair, looking after 4 children and a house, and it… More...

Electricity’s digital future has dawned on the French Riviera

in Local Living by Riviera Reporter
The commune of Carros straddles a leafy valley tucked away a short ride from Nice and the beaches of the French Riviera. Like much of Provence, the medieval town of 11,000… More...

Watch out Scotland, France may soon be “home of whisky”

in Eye on France by The Local
According to researchers, the average whisky consumption by a French adult is 2.15 litres a year – and that’s on top of all the wine, cognac and pastis they drink. To put it… More...

In the good books of the English Library at St Paul’s Monaco

in Community by Stefani “Spooky” Cooper
One of the best things in the world is to curl up somewhere comfortable and open a book. Kindles, tablets and all the other electronic paraphernalia that intrude upon our… More...

Open-air food markets for healthier, seasonal local produce

in Health and Well-being by Susan Tomassini
One of the most pleasant aspects about living on the French Riviera is exploring the open-air food markets. From Mandelieu to Menton, almost every town and village along the… More...

How might Brexit affect owning a property in France?

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Brexit! There, I said it. I am sure the Editor is going to have kittens at yet another Brexit story (see Brexit Report), but here it goes. Clearly, this story is dominating… More...

Expats fight against cancer with Cancer Support Group 06

in Community by Sarah Legon
You don’t need to go through it alone. As Sarah Legon explains, an English-speaking support group is here to help. Sadly, it seems cancer touches everyone in one way or… More...

How paying your income tax in France is going to change

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin signalled in March 2016 that a long talked about reform will definitely go ahead and it affects most of us. Sapin confirmed the change to… More...