PHOTO: REEGO PHOTOGRAPHIESunshine, smile and a couple holding hands - Jo and Lee from Korea. Their dreams are made of tenderness, warmth, love, poesy, fresh breeze and imagination. It is their honeymoon finely captured by the talented Wedding & Life style Reego Photographie - an inspirational artistic photo shoot in Nice, that evokes imagination. His photos make us think about summer, idyll, cuddles and sweet kisses, and what are your memories? [...]
Sun, Apr 17, 2016, Continue reading at the source
It has now been almost four years since Ellinor @nice__livingmoved to Nice. She always discovers new things and shares small details on her instagram that inspire her. It was meant to be only during a three months period, but then... Better read her story and read more about her March discoveries during such a daily thing as morning jogging! It was meant to be only during a three months period, but I truly felt already the first day that here, here I would like stay. It was just something with the light, the buildings and the nature, and how the [...]
Wed, Mar 30, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Conceptual photoshooting with a story by legendary Peter Lindbergh discovering the secrets of two lovers who enjoy dolce vita on the French Riviera. Live moments captured with attention to all the details so well that you want to rewatch again and again. Photographer: Peter LindberghStylist: Grace CoddingtonHair: Odile GilbertMUA: Stephane MaraisLocation: Promenade des Anglais, Old Town of Nice, Hotel Negresco | Nice, France [...]
Sun, Mar 27, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Bright sunshine, lively terrace facing the sea, modern design, Mediterranean food and fine wines – that's Di Più in a few words.This place gives you a touch of French Riviera lifestyle right away and can be a perfect choice for your first lunch or dinner in Nice when you have just arrived.Opened in June 2013, Di Più is the youngest and the trendiest out of 5 great Nice restaurants (Boccacio, Villa D'este, La Voglia, La Favola and Di Più) owned by Philippe Cannatella, Serge Cannatella and Jérôme Quilichini. The owners are proud of the exceptional quality of the products making [...]
Sun, Mar 20, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Piers McEwan and Kreete Pruul live in Portsmouth, England where they met some four years ago whilst Kreete, originally from Estonia, was studying at the university there.Kreete now works in digital marketing whilst Piers works in higher education and is also a freelance writer and has his own blog I got addicted to straight away. Piers and Kreete enjoy travelling together, walking and the simple pleasures and moments in life. They have a soft spot for the culture and landscape of France and already have thoughts on when their next jaunt across the channel will be. I am happy to [...]
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, Continue reading at the source
St. Valentine's is about sharing sheer joy, pure happiness and a good madness with your dearest people not just today but every day.James Pouliot more known as @19rivoli_photography and the founder of French Riviera Photography Tours has shared one of his liveliest walks around Nice that would absolutely make you smile. Happy St. Valentine's! If you would love to have the same, contact James directly and 5 % is off if you mention Nice is Love!See more at www.19rivoli.com.PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES POULIOTwww.19rivoli.com [...]
Sun, Feb 14, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Christmas would hardly be Christmas without Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker'. My own first experience with this glorious confection took place many years ago at New York's Lincoln Center. I watched, entranced, as a giant Christmas tree rose from the stage as if by magic and an enchanting girl, hardly older than myself, leaped and pirouetted around the stage with an assortment of exotic characters. The Sugarplum Fairy! Drosselmayer! Dancing mice! Toy soldiers! I resolved then and there to be a ballerina. Well that never happened. What did happen was a lifelong love of ballet which I can now indulge with the [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Christmas would hardly be Christmas without Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker'. My own first experience with this glorious confection took place many years ago at New York's Lincoln Center. I watched, entranced, as a giant Christmas tree rose from the stage as if by magic and an enchanting girl, hardly older than myself, leaped and pirouetted around the stage with an assortment of exotic characters. The Sugarplum Fairy! Drosselmayer! Dancing mice! Toy soldiers! I resolved then and there to be a ballerina. Well that never happened. What did happen was a lifelong love of ballet which I can now indulge with the [...]
Tue, Dec 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Culture vultures who want to experience the very best operas and ballets can now satisfy their tastes close to home. You don't have to fly to London to enjoy the Royal Opera House season! Just head to Le Cinema de Beaulieu in Beaulieu-sur-Mer where selected operas and ballets are broadcast live and direct from the Royal Opera House. This coming Tuesday, September 22 Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet is on the program. ¨Prokofiev's score will be conducted by Koen Kessels and the doomed lovers will be danced by Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae. Here is a preview to whet your [...]
Fri, Sep 18, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Culture vultures who want to experience the very best operas and ballets can now satisfy their tastes close to home. You don't have to fly to London to enjoy the Royal Opera House season! Just head to Le Cinema de Beaulieu in Beaulieu-sur-Mer where selected operas and ballets are broadcast live and direct from the Royal Opera House. This coming Tuesday, September 22 Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet is on the program. ¨Prokofiev's score will be conducted by Koen Kessels and the doomed lovers will be danced by Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae. Here is a preview to whet your [...]
Fri, Sep 18, 2015, Continue reading at the source
On this day of a national taxi riot, the price, availability and conduct of taxi drivers is being scrutinized, particularly here in Nice, the unhappy home of the world's highest taxi fares. Furious at competition from Uber, taxi drivers are shown above at Nice Airport demanding papers from rental cars to prove that it's a “legitimate” rental. Although the government has already declared Uber's low-cost service, UberPop, illegal, French courts have yet to weigh in on the matter and the highly popular service exists now in a legal limbo. I'll tell you a secret. Everyone but everyone living in [...]
Thu, Jun 25, 2015, Continue reading at the source
On this day of a national taxi riot, the price, availability and conduct of taxi drivers is being scrutinized, particularly here in Nice, the unhappy home of the world's highest taxi fares. Furious at competition from Uber, taxi drivers are shown above at Nice Airport demanding papers from rental cars to prove that it's a “legitimate” rental. Although the government has already declared Uber's low-cost service, UberPop, illegal, French courts have yet to weigh in on the matter and the highly popular service exists now in a legal limbo. I'll tell you a secret. Everyone but everyone living in [...]
Thu, Jun 25, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Question often posed, "when did you first fall in love with...."?Predictably, "oh... on first sight" or some other similarly shallow response.When exactly did I fall in love with France, or rather the French way of life. Not until I came south. Like the Impressionist painters before me, yes, I was dazzled by the light. I mean who wouldn't be. Here there are over 300 days plus of sunshine. Did that just register with you? Then, you have that French sensibility toward life, no where more than here in the south.One works to live. The long [...]
Sat, Jun 13, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Ask and ye shall receive. Last year I bemoaned the fact that the Nice Jazz Festival was relying too much on regulars. Sponsored by singer/pianist Jamie Cullum, this year's program presents several rarely-seen-in-Nice artists such as Brad Mehldau, The Roots, Jason Moran and Roberto Fonseca. In addition to up-and-coming artists, look out for jazz legends Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Barron and Charles Lloyd as well as soul artists Lauryn Hill and Kool and the Gang. The price has not gone up (yay!), remaining at €35 (€31 if purchased before 15 May) with a variety of reductions available. Check out the Nice [...]
Mon, Apr 13, 2015, Continue reading at the source
It always starts with a walk through the gardenStop...savor the view & off we go, down rue General Rose End of the rue and you're in the "old town" left or right on rue Gaillard & I've got choices.Do I go down rue Barthelemy de Don?Or... rue Siat Marcellin? Wandering back across rue Gaillard.Or do I take my most often choice?Marcellin, near the endPijaud to the PortThe Port is in sight at Place Michel PachaAaaah.... the PortStrolling along Quai Charles de Gaulle, about to pass the Hotel de la Tour"Pointu" boats alongside the QuaiBeautiful Blvd. CourbetAn ancient on CoubertBegin [...]
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, Continue reading at the source
“So why do you do it”?Well... you see. As you become, as they say, “a man of that certain age”, your memories of what you wish to remember, they become memories of what you think you remember. So I commit them to type in hope that they will remain true a while longer.And... if I should choose to share these memories with a few friends, and... if even a few should find them amusing, then... we all profit as the French would say.“No, no, that's not what I meant.”“I meant, why do you go back to the same place [...]
Mon, Jun 16, 2014, Continue reading at the source
We have both been great fans of le Tour de France for some years now. Truth be told, probably about the time Lance began winning le Tour. Part sport, part travelogue and always a spectacle, we look forward to each year in July when le Tour begins. I recently read that behind the Olympics and the Coupe de Monde, le Tour de France is the third most watched sporting event in the world. Despite all the persistent scandal and Lance's recent fall from grace, we still love it! So..... this year with le Tour coming to within 30 minutes of [...]
Sun, Jul 07, 2013, Continue reading at the source
I am always a sucker for anything that might fall under the heading of “local color”.Here on the Southern Coast of France, there exist a rather unusual sport known as les Joutes Provencale. Now, I have known of this activity for some years now, but have never witnessed an actual competition, just the practice “laps” here in the harbor.The competition dating back to Greco-Roman times, takes place on colorfully painted wooden boats of Phoenician origins, a common fishing vessel in these parts. The Joutes boats, however, are somewhat distinctive and immediately recognizable by the odd-looking extension at the rear.The English [...]
Mon, Jun 24, 2013, Continue reading at the source
If you spend anytime at all along the Cote d'Azur of Southern France you are bound to see the famous yellow fire-fighting aircraft, swooping down into the azur blue water and lifting-off with their full belly-load, then, banking sharply, off into the distance toward the blazing fire.These are known in these parts as the “les Canadairs”, a Canadian built aircraft especially designed for the purpose of fighting forest-fires.In this part of France , well known for it's 200+ sunny days a year, the hot Provencal sun... much like Southern California, makes it very prone to dry, scrub covered hillsides, [...]
Fri, Jun 14, 2013, Continue reading at the source
Several of you have repeatedly asked me... “how can you stay just there that long” or “what do you do there every day” ?I guess I've never really thought about it much, you know, I just do it.But, OK, let's give it a go. I'll try and describe for you a bit of what it's like for us here. No...no, I'm not going to do a day by day diary sort of thing, don't think I'm up to that, and anyway... you'd be bored to tears. No, I'd be. Maybe just some of the more interesting bits.Let's see... arrived a [...]
Mon, Jun 03, 2013, Continue reading at the source
Sound's almost oxymoronic, doesn't it?The return. Leaving a life I love for the life I live. The rain..... seems somehow apropos to my mood at the moment.Enough!This is, after all, seductive Paris. She who draws me back again and again. But... the rain... the mood. Sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine.Yes, I've been here many times. Done all the cliches, the Louvre, Notre Dame, The Orsay, The Eiffel, The Champs, Montmartre, the Latin Quarter. I've done them all. Will do them again.But here, on this rainy day, in Paris, what to do? I need light, levity, mindless [...]
Sun, Dec 23, 2012, Continue reading at the source
Part 3 of a 3 Part Series Sometime around seven, maybe a little before, they arrive. Depending on the time of the year, it could still be dark. They arrive in all manner of vehicles, each prepared in their own way to open their little “storefront” in today's market.Some arrive in elaborate mini motor-home like affairs, specially built, the sides open [...]
Fri, Nov 02, 2012, Continue reading at the source
Part 2 of a 3 Part Series Introducing The Provencal MarketI have vicariously known of Provencal Markets long before experiencing the real thing first hand, having read numerous accounts in various travel guides, journals and photo essays about them. The uniqueness of these markets cannot be overstated. In my life I've never experienced anything quite like them in the “states” .Part farmers [...]
Fri, Nov 02, 2012, Continue reading at the source
The Daily Market Part 1 of a 3 Part SeriesIt will come as no surprise to those who have followed my postings, I am as the Brits would say, quite potty about markets, that is, I'm absolutely crazy about [...]
Fri, Nov 02, 2012, Continue reading at the source
When I was in college I took a science fiction literature class and read several negative futuristic books along the way as a part of my studies. Three of which have always stood out: George Orwell's 1984, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Ray Bradbury's The Sheep Look Up. These three novels are very powerful, but not the kind of novels that I could ever say I liked. I can only say that I found them haunting. In the late 30's as the tensions leading to WW II were building many German writers, especially any with Jewish heritage, fled Germany [...]
Tue, Sep 25, 2012, Continue reading at the source
OK, so I find that I can often experience two different emotions prior to travel. Apprehension/anxiety at the thought of the unknown. More to the point, the fear that all will not be up to expectations. Alternatively, elation. The joy of anticipation. “Just can't wait to be there”!Last year was the former. This year , most definitely, the later.The ReturnFirst of all, the journey and the arrival.I don't know why, but, in all of the years that I have made this journey, I have never taken advantage of the TGV train station in Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle Airport. [...]
Sun, Sep 23, 2012, Continue reading at the source
Walking??We like to walk. No... we love to walk. We have always been walkers. In the past fifteen to twenty years of travel, walking has been an inseparable part of our travels. I mean, you slow the whole process down to a more intimate scale. You see, hear, smell and even feel what you would otherwise be missing. It is quite simply, a most pleasant state of existence. The outside world is just that... you loose yourself in the moment... and... isn't that what travel should be all about?And... it's good for you! Wow!!A “Walk” Down Memory LaneThe U.K., England;There [...]
Thu, Jun 07, 2012, Continue reading at the source
Here I sit at the end of the pool beneath the shade of an ancient silvery olive tree. I look out over the rooftops the village down below and onto the bay beyond. I look back towards the house, a grand old maison, a part of which has become, if but for a while, my, no our home.I contemplate writing this, a twisting-turning sort of a story, the outcome of which, even I cannot predict at this time.The story is, in a sense, a double entendre, of two meanings.It is in the lesser sense, in the moment. A story of [...]
Mon, Sep 26, 2011, Continue reading at the source
The Nut ManHere in this small former fishing village on the Cote d'Azur lives the "nut man". I use this term "nut man" as a term of endearment to describe this man who appears to make his living selling nuts. These are what we would call pralines, they are coated with a sugar and spice mixture and are actually quite tasty. The nut man sells his wares to the tourists that pack the small cafés that front the harbor of this small village. The nut man knows all of the staff in the cafés and all the regulars that show [...]
Sun, Sep 25, 2011, Continue reading at the source
Beaune is the epicenter of what is arguably, the most prestigious wine region in the world. There is hardly a person in this town who does not directly or indirectly profit from the wine industry that is Burgundy. The place positively oozes with wine. It is the reason that one comes here!Oui!!The sumptuous wines, the rich Burgundian cusine and the promise of a bike ride through beautiful villages and vineyards bearing the most prestigious names and appelations in the world. It is enough to make a sommelier drool.La Voie Des Vignes (The Vineyard Trail) is literally on the edge of [...]
Sat, Sep 17, 2011, Continue reading at the source