The early bird catches the worm at dawn… Beautiful and very peaceful view at 6.25am this Monday morning over the port of Monaco after a very early start (one of the “perks” of working with partners in Asia!): it's starting to get very warm here on the Riviera now and the transition to summer is well underway. I'm also adding some nice pictures of the transition from night to day, all taken this morning… Have a fantastic week! 3.30am5.51am6.13am6.23am6.36am6.38am7.01am7.07am [...]
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source
After almost a month spent away from home and two weeks on a business trip in huge tropical cities of South East Asia with stormy weather, it was a blessing to land in Nice airport and to see the wonderful blue skies and blue sea of the French Riviera again early in the morning on the flight from Munich. This stunning view was taken whilst flying over Antibes where you can distinctly see the huge marina, the Fort Carré and the old town – to the left is the bay of Cannes with the Esterel mountains in the distance. [...]
Mon, Jun 03, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Hello les voyageurs ! Vous cherchez un hôtel économique pour vos prochaines vacances ? Mais où dormir pour pas cher et comment réserver un hôtel pour profiter des meilleurs prix ? Voici les trucs et astuces pour se loger moins cher en vacances, notamment grâce aux comparateurs et offres d'hôtels en ligne comme lastminute.com. Plus tôt vous réservez votre hôtel, moins cher vous paierez A l'instar des compagnies aériennes, les réservations d'hôtels sont très intéressantes dès lors que vous vous y prenez à l'avance. Non seulement, le choix est plus large, mais les hôtels proposent des prix plus intéressants très [...]
Thu, May 16, 2019, Continue reading at the source
No other city in Europe spotlights the cinema like Cannes. On the side-lines of the overwhelming media attention it receives during the Cannes Film Festival in May, the city lives and breathes the lights of the cinema all year round. Themed tours, the tourist train, murals, cinemas, pop-up museum and plans for a multiplex – the magic of the cinema is universally accessible. Cannes is a city with as much talent as the stars it hosts. 1/ Murals As part of its program to embellish local neighbourhoods, in 2002 Cannes […]Cet article 7 CINEMA ACTIVITIES IN CANNES ALL YEAR ROUND [...]
Thu, May 09, 2019, Continue reading at the source
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“France's gender equality minister has announced the government's new plans against domestic abuse”: it would allow the authorities to deal with “the most insidious situations, which don't leave a mark to the naked eye but can mutilate the victim's inner self.” Those found guilty face up to three years in jail and a fine of 75,000 euros, or about $90,000. (NY Times) ‘Friends often think he's the nicest man in the world' – Abusers can have a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality; Dr. Jekyll is often charming and hides behind a public persona. Usually, abuse takes place behind closed doors. Abusers deny their actions [...]
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Après ce court séjour à Mannheim, je suis parti en train visiter Stuttgart, cette ville connue pour être l'une des capitales mondiales de l'automobile, mais pas que… J'ai eu la chance de visiter Stuttgart avec une météo exceptionnelle et en prime il y avait un jour férié. Du coup, les habitants, toutes générations confondues occupent les parcs, les places et les terrasses des bars / brasseries / restaurants jusqu'à tard dans la nuit. Forcément l'ambiance était au rendez-vous ! Tout comme pour Mannheim, Stuttgart surprend les visiteurs avec les nombreux contrastes architecturaux, le melting-pot culturel, et l'énergie qui se dégage [...]
Fri, Apr 26, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Je rentre tout juste de mon court séjour dans le Bade-Wurtemberg à la découverte des villes de Mannheim et de Stuttgart. Cette région est située dans le sud-ouest de l'Allemagne à seulement quelques heures des principales villes françaises avec TGV INOUI et ICE. La destination est surtout connue pour sa célèbre Forêt-Noire et ses petits villages traditionnels qui font le charme de la région. Mais dans ce premier article je vais vous emmener à Mannheim et vous lister mes coups de coeur ainsi que les incontournables à voir et à faire dans cette ville jeune, culturelle et cosmopolite. La Multihalle [...]
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Just across the Italian border from Menton even before reaching the centre of Ventimiglia, you will find one of the hidden gems of the Riviera, the 19thcentury Villa Hanbury Botanical Gardens built by British entrepreneur, philanthropist and botanist Sir Thomas Hanbury. Fair enough, the term “botanical garden” may conjure up a dry and boring place full of signs with Latin names to designate some obscure inanimate objects ie. plants and flowers and may not exactly set the pulse racing but believe me, this is one of my favourite parts of the area to just get out, relax and see something [...]
Sat, Apr 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Hardly the most exotic or beautiful part of the French Riviera but probably one of the places that most visitors transit through at least once during their stay as the main transport hub, the Gustave Eiffel-designed Nice Ville train station is just about getting to the end of an extensive renovation process. Granted, the neighbourhood still isn't the safest (which is why hotels are cheaper than elsewhere in Nice) but at least it's improved a lot since they created this pedestrian square in front (as opposed to the hell-hole it was 15 years ago during my hotel-owning days). Soon there'll [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source
I've been away for a couple of weeks due to work between Asia, Switzerland and the Balkans and returned to the French Riviera this week to see Monaco transformed into Grand Prix mode, especially around the port. This year's event begins on Thursday 23 May and finished off with the big race on Sunday 26 May, while the electric ePrix, which has become more and more successful in recent years, takes place on Saturday 11 May. Find out more and avoid getting ripped off using my practical guide to the Monaco Grand Prix : I'll be missing/escaping all the action [...]
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Je suis parti en voyage en Iran il y a un peu moins d'un an et dans cet article je vais vous donner quelques conseils pratiques pour bien préparer votre voyage en Iran. Ce pays est tout simplement exceptionnel, à la fois pour la diversité des paysages, pour la richesse historique et culturelle du pays, mais aussi pour l'accueil et la gentillesse des Iraniens. En tout cas ce voyage en Iran m'a profondément marqué et je ne peux que vous encourager à y aller malgré tous les préjugés qu'il y a autour de cette destination. Avant de commencer la lecture [...]
Mon, Apr 08, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Hello les voyageurs ! Je reviens aujourd'hui avec un nouvel article conseil et vous parler des comparateurs de parking d'aéroport. Comme d'habitude lorsque je planifie un voyage je suis toujours à la recherche de bons plans pour les billets d'avion, les hôtels, les activités mais il est vrai que je n'avais pas franchement de solution pour les parkings. On le sait, les parkings d'aéroport c'est toujours un petit budget auquel on ne pense pas forcément lorsqu'on prépare un voyage et sur les longues périodes la note peut vite grimper ! Pour se rendre à l'aéroport, près de la moitié des [...]
Thu, Apr 04, 2019, Continue reading at the source
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Across: 1-finger (5)4-sweeping brush, broom (5)7-nerves (5)11-meat (6)13-translator (10) 15-forty (8) 16-received (fem.)(5) 18-corner (4) 20-north (4) 21-embarrassing, awkward, a nuisance (plural) (7) 23-worry, trouble, problem (5) 25-turkey (5)27-concerning, regarding – ‘a l'…de' (5)31-they want – ‘ils …'(7)32-pungent, acrid (4)33-nothing (4)36-heart (5)37-colors (8) 40-to welcome (10) 42-coral reef – ‘… de corail' (6) 43-forest (5) 44-wearing away (5) 45-pond (5) Down: 2-eye (4)3-knee (5)5-I will wait – ‘j'…'(9)6-to irritate (6)8-is (3) 9-crowd (5) 10-worker (7) 12-screens (6) 14-pocket (5) 15-who (3) 17-to fill (e.g. a glass)(7) 19-noodle, pasta (7) 22-shooting, firing (3)24-born (fem)(3)26-to discover (9)28-given (5)29-place (7)30-dreamer (6)34-they (3) 35-schools (6) 36-cocoa (5) 38-account, story, narrative (5) 39-so that (4) 41-one (fem.)(3) ANSWERS: Across: 1-doigt;4-balai;7-nerfs;11-viande;13-traducteur;15-quarante;16-recue;18-coin;20-nord;21-genants;23-ennui;25-dinde;27-egard;31-veulent;32-acre;33-rien;36-coeur;37-couldurs;40-accueillir;42-recifs;43-foret;44-usure;45-etang Down: 2-oeil;3-genou;5-attendrai;6-agacer;8-est;9-foule;10-ouvrier;12-ecrans;14-poche;15-oui;17-charger;19-nouille;22-tir;24-nee;26-decouvrir;28-donne;29-endroit;30-reveur;34-ils;35-ecoles;36-cacao;38-recit;39-afin;41-une Credit: French Language Games [...]
Mon, Apr 01, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The hinterland villages are a great way to escape the crowded coastline, especially on a nice quiet spring weekend like this one. Peille is a great example – only a 20 minute drive inland from Nice or Monaco, it houses ancient architecture, good food and is the starting point for the hike up to the spectacular Cime de Baudon summit that dominates the French Riviera. I'll be writing an article with a hinterland village day trip soon so watch this space! [...]
Sat, Mar 30, 2019, Continue reading at the source
After a long trip last week back from Asia, there was nothing better than to take a quick hop across the port on the electric Boat Bus, with some stunning sunset views of the buildings of Monaco. It was a great feeling and surprisingly peaceful to glide silently over the calm waters of the Mediterranean after the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and Taiwan. [...]
Thu, Mar 21, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Vous avez prévu de visiter Cannes ? Je vous livre ici mon top 10 des incontournables à voir et à faire à Cannes, l'une des villes les plus emblématiques de la Côte d'Azur et qui rayonne depuis des décennies à l'international. Cannes se résume souvent à son célèbre festival international du film, aux yachts, aux soirées mondaines et aux paillettes…. Pourtant derrière cette facette se cache de nombreux trésors souvent méconnus des visiteurs, qui viennent seulement quelques heures à Cannes pour se faire un selfie devant les marches du palais des festivals et boire un cocktail sur une plage privée [...]
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
I'm currently on my way back to Europe from a really nice trip to Asia, which included 3 days in the lovely metropolis of Hong Kong. I think it was about my 20th time there but there is nothing more satisfying than arriving after a 20 hour journey and walking along the newly-renovated Kowloon waterfront, enjoying the fantastic views across Victoria Harbour towards the spectacular skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island – it's title as “Asia's World City” is fully justified! [...]
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
When I'm asked what sort of typical dishes one can eat in Monaco, the barbaguian is the first thing that springs to mind! This delicious snack is made out of a very light pastry stuffed with a mix of Swiss chard (blettes in French, a kind of spinach), then fried until golden brown. The origin is of course under debate between the local villages but the general consensus is that it's mainly a speciality from Monaco… You can find them in the market at the Place d'Armes and in the A Roca stores amongst others but generally the best ones [...]
Wed, Mar 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
In addition to being a fantastic museum with great content, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is also an architectural gem – purposely built in a strategic location in the Old Town of Monaco ahead of its inauguration in 1910, it really looks like it was slammed into the side of the cliff side. You can check out this amazing perspective from the entrance to the Parking des Pêcheurs public car park, accessible by lift from the museum esplanade. To discover the museum in more detail, check out the dedicated blog article! [...]
Tue, Mar 12, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Schrijven en wijn. Voor veel mensen twee favorieten. Of niet eens favoriet, maar gewoon een leuke hobby of tijdverdrijf. Dat kan natuurlijk ook. Wat het ook is: hoe mooi zou het zijn om deze twee te combineren in een prachtige Franse setting: met uitzicht op de glooiende heuvels van de Ardèche… Zelf ben ik al dol op schrijven sinds ik een klein meisje was. Troost je: niet op wijn, dat kwam op latere leeftijd pas. Maar dat schrijven, daar werd ik al vroeg heel erg blij van. Als klein meisje kreeg ik van mijn vader een boekje aangereikt met enkel wat [...]
Mon, Mar 11, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Walking down a major shopping street in Monaco last week after a dentist's appointment, I looked up and noticed some nice classical Belle Époque architecture from the 1920s. Sadly more and more of these buildings are being knocked down to make way for more modern and functional buildings but it's important to stay close to the heritage of the area as the past often contains the keys to future success! [...]
Mon, Mar 11, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The influence of the French Riviera truly stretches all around the world! I'm currently touring around East Asia and was pretty surprised when I came across a subsidiary of the glamorous Café de Paris of Monte Carlo, not on Casino Square but in the lobby of the palatial Galaxy Hotel in the former Portuguese colony of Macau in southern China, also a global gambling capital. Was very happy to see a nice sculpture of the late Princess Grace and some vibes back from home, even on the opposite side of the world by the Pacific Ocean… [...]
Sun, Mar 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source
“A Unique Time Travel Experience in the 17th century French royal court” that, of course, I just had to experience while in the town of Versailles. In the beginning of its second (now third) year, the restaurant-theater is an asthetic and gastronomic delight: dining while actors in period costume perform a themed presentation* from the days of French court life. The air-conditioned restaurant is an easy 10-minute walk from the Chateau de Versailles and was appropriately decorated and very customer service oriented, not to mention a delicious culinary experience. An added delight to enhance your visit to Versailles * In French with sessions [...]
Sat, Mar 09, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A perfect walk to do in the spring is to enjoy a 30 minute stroll along the coastline from Beaulieu to the port of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat – it's a fully flat footpath and affords stunning views along the eastern part of the French Riviera and its dramatic mountains. Why not combine with a visit to Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu and then either go to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on top of the hill or else a nice lunch by the quaint port of Saint Jean? Enjoy the weekend! [...]
Sat, Mar 09, 2019, Continue reading at the source
When you fly in to Nice airport from the west, it's difficult not to notice the striking red rocks and bizarre shapes of the Esterel mountains, a volcanic mountain range that floated off Africa several million years ago and now forms the border between the Var and the Alpes Maritimes departments, just west of Cannes! Nowadays, in the absence of dinosaurs and other dodgy creatures, it's a great place for hiking and also to relax on the lovely red beaches, the contrast with the blue of the Mediterranean makes it a truly magical spot. But this time of the year [...]
Fri, Mar 08, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Jazz fans have a special treat this Friday when jazz singer Patricia Barber appears at the Forum Nice Nord. A deep voice, mesmerizing climates, rhythms as arose from the bowels of the earth … Like Nina Simone or Shirley Horn, Patricia Barber accompanies herself on the piano. An elegant singer and pianist emeritus, she gained a flattering reputation from her debut album “Distortion of Love” in 1992. An admiration that never ceased for the one nicknamed “a pure sigh that comes from the soul “. Avant-garde creator, she devotes her work to the great repertoire, adorning it with a thousand [...]
Mon, Mar 04, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Joie de vivre. Levensvreugde. Meer dan ooit zijn het woorden die ik omarm. Dat vraagt om weer eens een persoonlijk blogje. Want dat is verdorie ineens alweer veel te lang geleden… Terwijl ik dit schrijf schijnt een lentezonnetje bij me naar binnen. Eind februari. Tulpen staan op tafel. Ik voel kriebels. Kriebels voor de lente, voor de zon. Kriebels voor dit leven. Ik geniet. En dat maakt me gelukkig, want genieten is geen vanzelfsprekendheid in dit leven. Maar, daarvan ben ik inmiddels overtuigd, vaak wél een keuze. Toen er het afgelopen jaar een einde kwam aan mijn relatie na bijna tien jaar, [...]
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Voyager partout et découvrir les merveilles de notre monde, c'est bien. Mais s'y préparer en conséquence en choisissant judicieusement ses vêtements pour affronter sereinement un froid d'hiver différent de celui qu'on connaît en est une autre. Il est donc primordial de savoir quels vêtements mettre dans sa valise lorsqu'on a pour destination un pays glacial. Equipement pour l'hiver, tout savoir Si vous vous êtes bien renseigné en amont sur votre destination, vous devriez sûrement savoir qu'en hiver, le thermomètre dans certains pays peut indiquer une température allant jusqu'à -45°C. Ce qui n'est toutefois pas facile à vivre pour un nouvel [...]
Wed, Feb 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A rare window seat on a Lufthansa flight from Nice to Munich last April gave me some stunning take off views of the French Riviera which I'll be sharing over the coming days… This shot encompasses the whole city of Nice, from the Mont Boron to the east (on the right) to the valley of Magnan to the west, just after the airport. Naturally the snow-capped summits of the southern Alps provide a spectacular amphitheatre that makes every take off heading east very spectacular (make sure you get the A/B/C row) [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Monday morning motivation! Hope this lovely photo of the beach on the Croisette in Cannes and of the Esterel mountains in the distance will fill you up with positive energy for the coming week and help you achieve all your goals To find out more about this beautiful city, check out my report about the Cannes Film Festival here [...]
Mon, Feb 18, 2019, Continue reading at the source

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