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Jean Cocteau and Villa Santo Sospir: the artist who came to dinner and never left

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
What would you do if you invited someone to spend a week at your holiday home and he decided to redecorate it and then he decided to stay – indefinitely? Francine Weisweiller was thrilled. In 1950, when Francine met Jean Cocteau, she was a 34-year-old Parisian socialite bored with her bourgeois lifestyle. Cocteau was a 61-year-old artist and writer… Read More

Golf Country Club Cannes-Mougins with new director general Mark Vickery

in Golf on the Riviera by Nick Kent
The Brit making his Mark at Mougins. The Honours Board was the first aspect of Cannes-Mougins Golf Club to impress me on my first visit, invited some years ago by a fortunate and well-endowed friend. The vainqueurs of the European Open were an impressive bunch, chief among them Seve (’87), Greg Norman (’83), Ian Woosnam (’94). But as the winner’s sub-par… Read More

Mr Piggy goes to market looking for asparagus and beans

in Table Talk by Riviera Reporter
The local markets seem to have hit a purple patch when it comes to the must-eat seasonal vegetables. Let’s first sniff out the asparagus, its season in full swing. Brought up as I was in East Anglia (home of Britain’s best pork), I relish the fresh green shoots of the new asparagus grown with loving care on long mounds in the garden. The French asparagus… Read More

In a fix over price, essential tips to get your property sold

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Almost daily I’m asked the question: “Why hasn’t my house sold?” Often the answer is fairly simple. We've previously covered preparation and presentation, two fundamental… More...

Gardening: Brown is the new black

in Outdoors and Nature by James Basson
When creating a sustainable garden, we have to bear in mind the need to work with nature and not fight against it; never is this more true than in the height of summer. In… More...

DIY B&B with Airbnb

in Travel by Nancy Heslin
Airbnb has over 2000 listings in Nice but is there a hidden cost for a bargain bed? As I write, Airbnb Inc – the website that “connects people with rooms to share with people… More...

The bare truth on the beach about going topless

in Visiting the Riviera by Lisa Pepin
The Riviera’s beaches are widely known for two things, their beauty and the dress code. I must admit, I receive more inquiries from friends considering a visit about the… More...

Homes and Houses: From historic to modern glass

in Property and Pools by Antonia Owen
This is a tale of two homes that were built centuries apart. At first glance, there seems no similarity whatsoever between an historic 17th-century mansion apartment in the… More...

Antiquing: Searching for souvenirs in Provence? Think big ... very big

in Features by Caren Trafford
Dusty olive trees and rows of lavender against a background of hill top villages; days filled basking in bright sunlight ... this is the picture-postcard Provence that… More...

Home Style: Sitting pretty in the garden

in Features by Riviera Reporter
Everything in the garden is absolutely lovely – until a sudden shower soaks all the garden furniture cushions before you’ve had time to get them inside. No need to keep a… More...

Breaking news, Nice’s School of Journalism goes international

in Education and Learning by Riviera Reporter
Director Marie Boselli-Berenguer has the scoop. RR: The École du Journalisme (EDJ) in Nice offers Bachelor Degrees in both Journalism and Sports Journalism. What’s the story… More...

Pierre the Patriot, and how he destroyed the Bastille

in Features by Margo Lestz
As the French Revolution started, one man recognised and grasped his opportunity to do something important. Then he used his creative marketing skills to complete the task.… More...

Craig Glenday, "Guinness World Records" Editor-in-Chief, makes a stop in Nice

in Features by Riviera Reporter
On Saturday June 21st, 2014, the city of Nice entered the Guinness World Records. As a kick-off to the Fête de la Musique and Nice Jazz Festival, Mayor Estrosi’s very clever… More...

The World Cup of cologne. How one Grasse perfumery scores big in the fragrance game

in Local Living by Joe Dziedziak
A procession of flowers lines the drive to the Arthes perfumery, a property of 36,0000 sqm in Bois-de-Grasse, where the air is rich with the sweetness of Provence: freshly… More...

French jazz fans outsmart Hitler

in Features by Margo Lestz
France has a special place in its heart for jazz and, in the summer, you’ll find jazz festivals all over the country. In fact, the world’s first international jazz festival… More...

The story of Hélène Vagliano

in Profiles of Residents by Maureen Emerson
Large dark eyes look out, under arched brows, from an oval face. The look is serious, but the subject of the photograph could not have known what life held in store for her.… More...

Provence Diary: Paralytic in Provence and loving it

in Features by Jamie Ivey
In a news series, author and Luberon resident Jamie Ivey unravels today’s Provence. Some years ago our local doctor pronounced me “a medical marvel”: I was the first man ever… More...

Selling the French dream, preparing a property for sale

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
We’ve all seen those TV programmes where an irritating American woman or a chirpy Cockney tells us how to style a house in order to sell it. The problem is that while a lot… More...

SARL versus SAS, shall I twist or turn?

in Business by Peter Johnson
For as long as I’ve known, it was common wisdom that one of the few ways of actually working hard and making some money was to run your French business via a SARL (Société à… More...

The Murphys, American trendsetters on the Riviera

in Profiles of Residents by Margo Lestz
If you visit the French Riviera in July or August, you might have trouble finding an open space on the beach to put your towel. It’s hard to imagine that up until the 1920s… More...

Cook d'Azur: Pistachio & herb butter stuffed lamb breast with minted peas

in Table Talk by Katie Bills
Katie Bills welcomes the arrival of spring and its seasonal produce with this gorgeous dinner party favourite. Pair this dish with either new potatoes or for a carb-free… More...

Château de Taulane, high and mighty good

in Golf on the Riviera by Nick Kent
There are not many golf courses of which you can say one of the best things about them is the drive that gets you there. I think back to my days as a North London-dwelling… More...

Haemochromatosis and James Minter, the original iron man

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Nancy Heslin
Having a magnetic personality can be a deadly diagnosis, as James Minter learned. All for a good cause: James Minter, with wife Maggie at their home in the Herault, agrees… More...

Ruby Soames: “I’m not a heart surgeon”

in Profiles of Residents by PJ Heslin
Even though I have now lived here for four years, I know that I am still an American visiting France, and not a fully integrated expat. I feel like my French should be better… More...

If it’s broke, fix it at the Repair Café

in Community by Riviera Reporter
These days French consumers aren’t just looking for the best value, they’re looking to keep their euros in their wallets. And so Fransiska Greenland and Jaime Arredondo have… More...

Taxes in UK or France, is life really greener on the other side?

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
Tax is a complex subject, especially for British expats trying to decide whether it’s better to be tax resident in France or in the UK. The opinion is that France is… More...

Paris and Nice in top 100 selfiest cities

in Eye on France by Riviera Reporter
A selfie paints a thousand words On March 2nd, 2014, Oscar presenter Ellen DeGeneres took “the selfie that broke Twitter” – which included 10 A-list celebs such as Var… More...

Vintage year for a little marvel, Domaine St-Marc des Omèdes

in Table Talk by Nick Kent
April 2014 saw a special anniversary for one of the smallest vineyards in the region. It’s 20 years since Englishman Lindsay Phillips retired from IBM and set up Domaine… More...

Mr Piggy goes to market looking for spring vegetables

in Table Talk by Riviera Reporter
It’s springtime 2014 in the market, and time to look out for the ingredients that go to make up la jardinière, a mixture of fresh and tasty new veg to be served with roast… More...

Jakeson Caouette: The fast track to formula one

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Mike Meade
Most young boys have a wistful notion of where they want life to take them. A pilot, surgeon, explorer or sportsman are dreamy ambitions that usually fade in early adulthood… More...

Blockhead building gets a thumbs up

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
I have to say that normally I’m not a fan of modern architecture. I prefer the grand old buildings from the Belle Époque, and Art Nouveau just sets my heart aflutter. But… More...

Proposal for French university courses in Anglais

in Eye on France by Riviera Reporter
The war of words heats up. French may be the world’s sexiest language but it’s only the eighth most spoken, having suffered a decline when 10 countries joined the EU in 2010.… More...

Monaco US Business Roundtable

in Expat Issues by Nick Kent
US stars of tomorrow will earn their stripes in Monaco. The entente between Monaco and the US has undergone a step-change since the launch of a dynamic initiative – the… More...

Gardening: Between a rock and a hard place

in Outdoors and Nature by James Basson
One of my favourite landscapes in the Alpes-Maritimes is an old Roman quarry situated above Monaco in La Turbie. Incredibly inspirational, it represents the contrast of the… More...

Homes and Houses: La Mortola, the tower and the glory

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
The sweet sound of the church bells of La Mortola drift up to the sun-kissed terrace where Carlo Maria Maggia is sipping his espresso. The view is breathtaking, taking in the… More...

A real “chick flick”, farming film upsets locals

in Pets and Animals by Riviera Reporter
The village of Loué is well-known for its free-range poultry but chicken breeders were in a flap when they learned about a “farmer’s daughter” movie being shot in their… More...

French business taxes - down but not out

in Business by Peter Johnson
If you’re in business in France, last year was pretty bleak and the forecast for 2014 looked no better, if anything worse. When paying 45% National Insurance/social security… More...

Solar-powered sunshine boats

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
The beneficial rays of the sun are what bring many of us to the warmth of the Riviera – and soon we may find a better use for surplus rays than roasting our backs on the… More...
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