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the gold of the pharaohs
gold and ancient egypt: both together and apart, these are two subjects that have long beguilded people around the world. ten years after the queens of egypt exhibition, one of the grimaldi forum’s most successful ever events, the cultural centre has returned to this fascinating theme. in the gold of the pharaohs curator christiane ziegler explores 2,500 years of the goldsmith’s art. “i didn’t want to just do an exhibition merely about beautiful objects,” says the honorary director of the egyptian antiquities department of the louvre museum and publication director of the archaeological mission of the louvre museum in saqqara. “egypt was the original land of gold and the ancient egyptians were the first modern humans to really work the metal. i wanted to investigate the techniques and the different ages of gold, from the early dynastic period to the treasures of tanis, which were undiscovered until 1939.”the exhibition, which runs from 7th july to 9th september, contains nearly 200 unique pieces. some have never been seen before outside of egypt.the timing of the event has worked to ziegler and the grimaldi forum’s favour: at the end of 2018, the brand new grand egyptian museum will open in the shade of the giza pyramids. it will be the biggest museum of its kind in the world at over 100,000m². in the course of preparing the new site, a number of ‘forgotten’ wonders have resurfaced and been exclusively loaned to the principality.these include: the death...
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jazz à ramatuelle | riviera insider
open air concerts in a setting by the sea... if that hasn’t sold you on a trip to ramatuelle, the line-up for the 33rd edition of this excellent coastal jazz festival just might! riviera insider is also giving away tickets for the event so keep scrolling to find out more.opening the festival on 16th august will be five musicians: emile parisien (saxophone), vincent peirani (accordion), michel portal (clarinet), bojan z (piano) and andreas schaerer (vocals). parisien and peirani should be recognisable names to regulars in the ramatuelle audience, but vocalist schaerer is new to the scene. he’ is a veritable one-man orchestra!the following night is a tribute to joe zawinul, the ‘wizard of the electric piano, co-leader of weather report and father figure of jazz-rock’. numerous musicians will come together to reinvent the great man’s hits in a brand new way.on 18th august, sly johnson – a favourite of the festival since the 1990s – returns to the beach town for a new project with andre ceccarelli (keyboards), laurent de wilde (keyboards) and fifi chayeb (bass). “this group’s improvisation and their irresistible mix of soul, funk and hip-hop will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles,” say organisers.the fred hersch trio will perform on 19th august. described as a ‘byword for jazz piano [whose] ability to instantly switch into improvisation represents the essence of jazz’, main man fred and his troupe, john hebert (bass) and eric mcpherson (percu...
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a 'symbol of national unity'
the city of nice is calling on its residents to fly a french flag from their windows and balconies this weekend in honour of those who lost their lives during the terror attack on the promenade des anglais two years ago.officials have described the flag as a ‘symbol of national unity’ and are asking everyone to get behind the initative, which was started last year. this saturday, 14th july, also marks france’s national day or bastille day as it is often called.
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rue(z) & vous
the highlight of valbonne’s summer season is the rue(z) & vous festival for street artists (4th to 8th july). what? expect classic comedic acts from mimes and clowns, theatrical productions, poets and painters, artistic cyclist jessica arpin all the way from brazil, dance pieces and a very unusual football match from moroccan troupe colokolo. other interesting events in the picturesque village include: english-language concerts and film projections at the hôtel de ville (21st and 28th july, 5th august); the best of quincy jones by nice’s azur big band (3rd august); the fête de la saint roch (14th to 16th august); and a whole range of art exhibitions at the salle saint esprit and ancienne mairie. don’t forget the art shopping festival from 8th to 16th september, which combines modern and contemporary art sales with countless artistic performances, as well as the weekly provençal market on fridays and flea market on sundays. when? all summer long where? valbonne www.valbonne.fr  
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golf de valescure: where golf has been played for 120 years
golf de valescure is a time-honoured place founded by a group of english aristocrats who, appreciative of the mild climate in the french riviera, began playing here as far back as 1895. some years later, in around 1910, the course was extended to 18 holes by the famous and acclaimed golf course architect harry shapland colt. valescure can’t claim to be the oldest in france – that’s in pau, pyrénées-atlantiques, and opened in 1856 – but it has certainly welcomed many generations of golfers on to its lawns and is the longest established in the var.  the course is one of the shortest on the côte d’azur, with around 5,000 metres of yellow in an oasis of calm between saint raphaël and fréjus. a flat terrain, it’s surrounded by hundreds of pinus pinea, stone or parasol pines, and is a very pleasant course to play without the need for a golf cart, even in the summer. you’re in the right place if you’re a relaxed type of golfer; one who doesn’t want to spend the whole day out on the course. as long as it’s not too busy, the 18-hole par 68 course can be played in three hours – subject to your skill. it’s nestled so nicely into the landscape; one is very aware that even a century ago, there were people who knew how to design and build beautiful golf courses. the longest and most complex hole is the third: a par 5 over 432 metres. of the dozen par 4 holes, there are five over 300 metres in length. good results are possible on these, but you should be awa...
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the marriage of l'oasis & barbossi
for the past 27 years, stéphane, antoine and françois raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. l'oasis has lived up to its shimmering two michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.   since last summer, l'oasis has been a partner of the domaine de barbossi, an association which has given the property newfound energy. the raimbault brothers' bistrot left its former home in mid-2017 and moved to the ermitage, a landmark hotel in mandelieu that nestles between a river and the sea. within the barbossi group, which boasts a golf club, a vineyard, a stable and a museum, l'oasis has found rejuvenation. during the annual winter closing, the restaurant treated itself to a face-lift and was fully refurbished.  guests can now enjoy a modern and luminous environment as a backdrop for the signature terrace setting, a flamboyant jungle of lush greenery. the ambience is also given energy thanks to various art pieces borrowed from the barbossi museum: a resolutely contemporary take on abstract paintings and sculptures with unique works by jean-franklin koenig, pierre theunissen, christian glace, gérard le roux, michel machu and the infamous césar. all come in contrast with the neo-classical style of the venue and echo the retro-modern style of l’oasis’ cuisine. fond of the saying ‘there is no wealth nor strength but man’, chef stéphane raimbault tells ...
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one kitesurfer's tour de france
kitesurfer matthieu girolet has finished his epic tour of the french coast – from dunkirk to nice – on the beaches of the côte d’azur. the 44-year-old from béziers had been at sea for over a month and completed over 2,400 kilometres when he made landfall yesterday afternoon. the channel, the atlantic and finally the mediterranean, girolet took on the challenge in 24 different stages, sometimes spending seven hours in (or above) the water and in all weather conditions since departing from the north of france on 22nd may. girolet is an experience mariner, having won the tour de france à la voile in 2009. this year’s event leaves dunkirk on 6th july to arrive in the french riviera, or more precisely nice and the promenade des anglais, on 22nd july. you can find photos and videos of his recent exploits on his facebook  page.  
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courtyard concerts at the palais princier
in just over a week’s time, monaco’s palais princier will host the first in a series of courtyard converts by renowned conductors and well-known soloists. eight dates await classical music fans this summer, each to be enjoyed in the majestic surroundings.the monte-carlo philharmonic orchestra has invited conductors from around the world to collaborate at the concerts, including its former chief conductor gianluigi gelmetti,  current director kazuki yamada and american robert trevino.soloists include the 25-year-old italian pianist beatrice rana, violinist and grammy award winner maxim vengerov, the internationally acclaimed canadian pianist jan lisiecki and 29-year-old german violinist veronika eberle. the repertoire that awaits the concert visitors is very broad, so why not come to monaco several times?!july dates: 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 25th and 29th julyaugust dates: 2nd and 5thall concerts begin at 9.30pm weather permitting (in the case of bad weather, the event will be transferred to the auditorium rainier iii and start at 10pm). admission for adults: from €20.www.opmc.mc
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tax on foreign & offshore assets: advice from the british embassy in paris
as part of the british government’s requirement to correct legislation, uk taxpayers abroad are being urged to ensure that all their foreign income and assets, where there might be tax to pay, have been declared to her majesty's revenue and customs (hmrc) before the end of september. failure to do so properly may incur new and ‘substantially higher penalties’ from 1st october, when hmrc introduces tougher fines.“the vast majority of people and businesses pay the right amount of tax,” writes the british embassy in paris in a communiqué made public in early july. “however, many people may not realise that some straightforward actions, such as renting out a property or transferring income and assets from one country to another, could mean having to pay tax in the uk. this includes having income from or an asset in france (or anywhere else in the world). these must all be declared to hmrc.”the legislation also applies to those who live abroad and pay tax outside the uk, but rent out their uk home whilst living in france or another country, for example. information on how to inform hmrc via the worldwide disclosure facility, such as how to register and payment deadlines, can be found on the government’s official website: www.gov.uk/guidance/worldwide-disclosure-facility-make-a-disclosure.  
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rue(z) & vous | riviera insider
the highlight of valbonne’s summer season is the rue(z) & vous festival for street artists (4th to 8th july).what? expect classic comedic acts from mimes and clowns, theatrical productions, poets and painters, artistic cyclist jessica arpin all the way from brazil, dance pieces and a very unusual football match from moroccan troupe colokolo. other interesting events in the picturesque village include: english-language concerts and film projections at the hôtel de ville (21st and 28th july, 5th august); the best of quincy jones by nice’s azur big band (3rd august); the fête de la saint roch (14th to 16th august); and a whole range of art exhibitions at the salle saint esprit and ancienne mairie.don’t forget the art shopping festival from 8th to 16th september, which combines modern and contemporary art sales with countless artistic performances, as well as the weekly provençal market on fridays and flea market on sundays.when? all summer longwhere? valbonnewww.valbonne.fr  
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one kitesurfer's tour de france
kitesurfer matthieu girolet has finished his epic tour of the french coast – from dunkirk to nice – on the beaches of the côte d’azur. the 44-year-old from béziers had been at sea for over a month and completed over 2,400 kilometres when he made landfall yesterday afternoon.the channel, the atlantic and finally the mediterranean, girolet took on the challenge in 24 different stages, sometimes spending seven hours in (or above) the water and in all weather conditions since departing from the north of france on 22nd may.girolet is an experience mariner, having won the tour de france à la voile in 2009. this year’s event leaves dunkirk on 6th july to arrive in the french riviera, or more precisely nice and the promenade des anglais, on 22nd july.you can find photos and videos of his recent exploits on his facebook  page.
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caught in a trap
one thing is sure about the summer: along with the heat will come the sting of mosquitoes. particularly dangerous – and annoying – are the tiger variety, a tropical beast that has infiltrated the french riviera and much of europe. but fear not! two entrepreneurs from aix-en-provence have developed a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly solution that can be deployed at home as well as in public spaces.  a square, waist-high black box that could be a piece of garden furniture: that’s the smart bam device that recently won two awards at the international computer electronics show (ces) in las vegas. created by young entrepreneurs simon lillamand and pierre bellagambi, who proudly presented their product to the global, hi-tech audience and trade under the name qista, the machine could help eradicate tiger mosquitos on the côte d’azur. it all began in saint-rémy de provence in 2012 when lillamand and bellagambi read a scientific report about the damning effects an insecticide in the camargue had had on not only the targeted mosquitoes, but also a whole range of other species. from dragonflies to bats and swallows, nature was slipping into a grave imbalance. both 28 years old at the time and trained engineers, the two men were specialising in completely separate fields. they decided to join forces and set to work developing a prototype that would address the legitimate concerns about mosquitoes without the use of pesticides. by imitating human prey with the help of ...
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the marriage of l'oasis & barbossi
for the past 27 years, stéphane, antoine and françois raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. l'oasis has lived up to its shimmering two michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.   since last summer, l'oasis has been a partner of the domaine de barbossi, an association which has given the property newfound energy. the raimbault brothers' bistrot left its former home in mid-2017 and moved to the ermitage, a landmark hotel in mandelieu that nestles between a river and the sea. within the barbossi group, which boasts a golf club, a vineyard, a stable and a museum, l'oasis has found rejuvenation. during the annual winter closing, the restaurant treated itself to a face-lift and was fully refurbished.  guests can now enjoy a modern and luminous environment as a backdrop for the signature terrace setting, a flamboyant jungle of lush greenery. the ambience is also given energy thanks to various art pieces borrowed from the barbossi museum: a resolutely contemporary take on abstract paintings and sculptures with unique works by jean-franklin koenig, pierre theunissen, christian glace, gérard le roux, michel machu and the infamous césar. all come in contrast with the neo-classical style of the venue and echo the retro-modern style of l’oasis’ cuisine. fond of the saying ‘there is no wealth nor strength but man’, chef stéphane raimbault tells ...
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double success for cmb
for the second consecutive year, compagnie monégasque de banque (cmb) has been named best customer service private bank and banking ambassador in monaco by international magazine the european. in collaboration with thomson reuters group, the publication organises the annual european global banking & finance awards, where they honour different organisations – including financial institutions – that ‘stand out from the crowd and are consequently moving their industries forward’. good governance, capacity to innovate, knowhow and quality of service are all major considerations. according to the organisers, the awards provide a comprehensive analysis of the ‘very best in all major market sectors globally’. “we are particularly proud and delighted to have been granted [the] awards,” says cmb ceo werner peyer. “cmb was awarded best private bank and banking ambassador in monaco by the european in 2017. today we are once again being recognised for the exceptional quality of our customer services as well as being a private bank that upholds the values of the principality.” cmb has been a firm fixture on the region’s banking scene since 1976 and specialises in investment advice. it also offers a diversified range of tailor-made products and services, such as asset and wealth management, and financing adapted to the specific needs of each investor. “because of the long-term relationships with its clients and a highly skilled workforce, but foremost thanks t...
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the american club of the riviera
the american club of the riviera is more than half a century old, being founded in 1962, but can trace its roots back to the early days of american naval presence in the south of france. since the end of the 19th century, the american naval fleet had been using villefranche-sur-mer as its european port base. in 1927, the us propeller club – an association that promoted the maritime industry and its various personnel throughout the world – established a base in the region and was ultimately the precursor to the current club. naval activity increased significantly during the 1950s and 1960s with the permanent presence of the us sixth fleet in the villefranche bay. dozens of families relocated to the area during that time and the years that followed, and in 1962, the us propeller club evolved into the american club of the riviera. despite its american title, the club is a thoroughly international entity and has members from over 20 countries. a core 40% of the 200+ group is from the us, but the uk represents nearly 20% of membership. current president beathe-jeanette lunde, who is originally from stavanger, norway’s ‘oil capital’, counts herself among the remaining, global 40%. lunde lived and worked in the us (most recently in minneapolis) for many years, before she moved to the fabron area of nice six years ago with her husband. while in the states, she noticed how important volunteering was to the local community and was keen to become involved in what she descri...
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the extreme appeal of liguria
only a few decades ago, the finalborgo neighbourhood was considered run-down, dark, dirty and even dangerous. today, the historic centre is known as one of liguria’s most beautiful villages and has won the i più bei borghi d’italia award. this incredible redevelopment is in large part thanks to visionaries who recognised the potential of the heritage and unique landscape of finale ligure as well as its capacity to move beyond beach-limited, summer-only tourism. european union funds did the rest. all year round, thousands of bikers, climbers and walkers come to finale. there are organised events here too, such as the famous enduro world series cycling race that finds its crowning glory in the finalesian hills after stops in australia and colorado. europe’s biggest 24-hour mountain bike championship, the wembo world solo, is also hosted here. 500 kilometres of tracks wind through the mediterranean scrub, descending on steep trails from the mountains to the beach, and have helped make finale ligure – split into finalmarina, finalborgo, finalpia and varigotti – one of the world capitals of the mountain bike movement. this applies to free climbing too. the region has one of the most extensive karst areas in italy – its calcareous rocks are characterised by natural holes and handles that are ideal for the brave climbers who visit. in finalborgo, there is also an artificial training centre available. the territory around finale ligure offers 192 separate climbing w...
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expat focus: cindy egolf | riviera insider
from the concert halls of chicago to the olive groves of liguria, orchestra conductor cindy egolf has spent the last 15 years chasing the sun, better food and her passion for music.what first brought you to the region? i moved from chicago – a city of more than eight million people – to the italian riviera 15 years ago. i was looking for something different… better weather, as chicago can be brutal in the summer and the winter, better food and to resume my conductor’s career! i knew i wanted to live in italy and learn italian so headed to ventimiglia, but after the death of my fiancé, i decided i no longer wanted to be in the town. it was during a drive into the mountains that i came across the beautiful dolceacqua! i had stopped for a tea and was casually asking about if anyone had a place to rent when one chap introduced himself and his flat. that’s what i love about the place: even if no one knows you and you can’t speak a word of italian, like me when i arrived, everyone greets you and is happy to chat. i stayed in the village for nine years before i found my rustico. a rustico is a stone-built property, but at first i was just the owner of a pile of stones! i’ve spent the last six years working on it and just finished a glass conservatory. i’m high above the village and the last house on a very old dirt road – i dare you to try and find me! my only real neighbours are the wild boar and my 100 ancient olive trees. by the way, in dolceacqua, the village...
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the american club of the riviera
the american club of the riviera is more than half a century old, being founded in 1962, but can trace its roots back to the early days of american naval presence in the south of france. since the end of the 19th century, the american naval fleet had been using villefranche-sur-mer as its european port base. in 1927, the us propeller club – an association that promoted the maritime industry and its various personnel throughout the world – established a base in the region and was ultimately the precursor to the current club. naval activity increased significantly during the 1950s and 1960s with the permanent presence of the us sixth fleet in the villefranche bay. dozens of families relocated to the area during that time and the years that followed, and in 1962, the us propeller club evolved into the american club of the riviera.despite its american title, the club is a thoroughly international entity and has members from over 20 countries. a core 40% of the 200+ group is from the us, but the uk represents nearly 20% of membership.current president beathe-jeanette lunde, who is originally from stavanger, norway’s ‘oil capital’, counts herself among the remaining, global 40%.lunde lived and worked in the us (most recently in minneapolis) for many years, before she moved to the fabron area of nice six years ago with her husband. while in the states, she noticed how important volunteering was to the local community and was keen to become involved in what she describes a ...
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double success for cmb | riviera insider
for the second consecutive year, compagnie monégasque de banque (cmb) has been named best customer service private bank and banking ambassador in monaco by international magazine the european.in collaboration with thomson reuters group, the publication organises the annual european global banking & finance awards, where they honour different organisations – including financial institutions – that ‘stand out from the crowd and are consequently moving their industries forward’. good governance, capacity to innovate, knowhow and quality of service are all major considerations.according to the organisers, the awards provide a comprehensive analysis of the ‘very best in all major market sectors globally’.“we are particularly proud and delighted to have been granted [the] awards,” says cmb ceo werner peyer. “cmb was awarded best private bank and banking ambassador in monaco by the european in 2017. today we are once again being recognised for the exceptional quality of our customer services as well as being a private bank that upholds the values of the principality.”cmb has been a firm fixture on the region’s banking scene since 1976 and specialises in investment advice. it also offers a diversified range of tailor-made products and services, such as asset and wealth management, and financing adapted to the specific needs of each investor.“because of the long-term relationships with its clients and a highly skilled workforce, but foremost thanks to the trus...
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expat focus: paul oatway | riviera insider
riviera insider catches up with photographer paul oatway to find out more about his sources of inspiration as well as his dream subjects in the south of france and monaco.what first brought you to the french riviera?in 2007, ryan air had return flights from dublin for €20 so i started flying down for long weekends. i could depart dublin at 7am and be on the beach or in a restaurant by midday. how lovely to get away from grey ireland and be in the sunshine!how would you describe your photographic work and style?people. most of my photography is of people, from corporate portraits and family groups to media events. my photographic training was in fashion and beauty, but the demand for that here is not great, so i have adapted happily to shooting events, yachts and property photography.living in such a beautiful place, inspiration must be aplenty…living in cannes makes it possible for me to turn either west for spain or east for italy. i get to shoot in monaco for corporate events, italy for wine producers and the huge mobile world congress in barcelona. i get great inspiration from all of these places and the wonderful people i meet.the south of france is full of fascinating people – celebrity and otherwise. if you could photo any current or former residents of the côte d’azur, who would they be and why?gosh, that's a tricky one. yes, there are some amazing characters down here. one person i would very much like to meet is june newton (pseudonym alice springs), the wi...
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golf de valescure: where golf has been played for 120 years
golf de valescure is a time-honoured place founded by a group of english aristocrats who, appreciative of the mild climate in the french riviera, began playing here as far back as 1895. some years later, in around 1910, the course was extended to 18 holes by the famous and acclaimed golf course architect harry shapland colt. valescure can’t claim to be the oldest in france – that’s in pau, pyrénées-atlantiques, and opened in 1856 – but it has certainly welcomed many generations of golfers on to its lawns and is the longest established in the var. the course is one of the shortest on the côte d’azur, with around 5,000 metres of yellow in an oasis of calm between saint raphaël and fréjus. a flat terrain, it’s surrounded by hundreds of pinus pinea, stone or parasol pines, and is a very pleasant course to play without the need for a golf cart, even in the summer.you’re in the right place if you’re a relaxed type of golfer; one who doesn’t want to spend the whole day out on the course. as long as it’s not too busy, the 18-hole par 68 course can be played in three hours – subject to your skill. it’s nestled so nicely into the landscape; one is very aware that even a century ago, there were people who knew how to design and build beautiful golf courses.the longest and most complex hole is the third: a par 5 over 432 metres. of the dozen par 4 holes, there are five over 300 metres in length. good results are possible on these, but you should be aware of ...
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the marriage of l'oasis & barbossi
for the past 27 years, stéphane, antoine and françois raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. l'oasis has lived up to its shimmering two michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.  since last summer, l'oasis has been a partner of the domaine de barbossi, an association which has given the property newfound energy. the raimbault brothers' bistrot left its former home in mid-2017 and moved to the ermitage, a landmark hotel in mandelieu that nestles between a river and the sea. within the barbossi group, which boasts a golf club, a vineyard, a stable and a museum, l'oasis has found rejuvenation.during the annual winter closing, the restaurant treated itself to a face-lift and was fully refurbished.  guests can now enjoy a modern and luminous environment as a backdrop for the signature terrace setting, a flamboyant jungle of lush greenery. the ambience is also given energy thanks to various art pieces borrowed from the barbossi museum: a resolutely contemporary take on abstract paintings and sculptures with unique works by jean-franklin koenig, pierre theunissen, christian glace, gérard le roux, michel machu and the infamous césar. all come in contrast with the neo-classical style of the venue and echo the retro-modern style of l’oasis’ cuisine.fond of the saying ‘there is no wealth nor strength but man’, chef stéphane raimbault tells rivier...
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caught in a trap | riviera insider
one thing is sure about the summer: along with the heat will come the sting of mosquitoes. particularly dangerous – and annoying – are the tiger variety, a tropical beast that has infiltrated the french riviera and much of europe. but fear not! two entrepreneurs from aix-en-provence have developed a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly solution that can be deployed at home as well as in public spaces. a square, waist-high black box that could be a piece of garden furniture: that’s the smart bam device that recently won two awards at the international computer electronics show (ces) in las vegas. created by young entrepreneurs simon lillamand and pierre bellagambi, who proudly presented their product to the global, hi-tech audience and trade under the name qista, the machine could help eradicate tiger mosquitos on the côte d’azur.it all began in saint-rémy de provence in 2012 when lillamand and bellagambi read a scientific report about the damning effects an insecticide in the camargue had had on not only the targeted mosquitoes, but also a whole range of other species. from dragonflies to bats and swallows, nature was slipping into a grave imbalance.both 28 years old at the time and trained engineers, the two men were specialising in completely separate fields. they decided to join forces and set to work developing a prototype that would address the legitimate concerns about mosquitoes without the use of pesticides.by imitating human prey with the help of exhaled ca...
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the monaco grand prix | riviera insider
racing in the principality dates back the reign of prince louis ii, who authorised an event in 1929. the current track harks back to 1950 and, since 1955, monaco has been a regular and ever-popular fixture on the fia calendar. there have been barely any alterations to the course in almost 70 years.a unique entity, renowned for its glamour and luxury status, the circuit is the only one in the sport to evade stringent regulations, both of safety and length. while all other courses must be at least 305 kilometres in length, monaco is just 260.it also offers the rarest of spectating occasions. as drivers hit the loews corner, which is overlooked by the lucky few viewing from the roofs of the fairmont monte carlo or the hotel’s northwest-facing rooms, their speed is slowed enough to allow fans to stare directly into the eyes of their idols. it is something that does not happen often, particularly when average speeds can reach 370 kilometres an hour.british drivers have traditionally performed very well in monaco and several can count themselves among the most successful in its history. lewis hamilton, who drives for mercedes, and retired david coulthard have both won twice in the principality; stirling moss and jackie stewart took the title three times; and graham hill – nicknamed mr. monaco for his numerous successes during the 1960s – won an impressive five times. for the ultimate monaco champion, however, we would have to name brazilian ayrton senna, who triumphed a total...
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live language | riviera insider
'action-oriented' is the magic phrase at cefoliac, which is run by stefanie brandt and simona ruggia. the german and italian women, who got to know each other during their phd studies at the university of nice, know from personal learning experiences how to teach a foreign language in the most appealing way: by immersing students completely in language and culture, preferably with fun-filled activities such as sailing, a cooking class or a visit to a market or museum. excursions are, therefore, an integral part of the programme for this language centre in beaulieu-sur-mer.“when you are active instead of just looking at a book, you learn best!” explains stefanie when we talk of the duo’s ‘active’ approach. initially specialised in teaching french as a foreign language, the two founders extended the language centre’s offer in 2011 to include other languages: english, german, spanish, italian and russian.today, cefoliac is based on three pillars: private language courses for adults; classes for businesses and corporations; and children’s classes. the latter are referred to as stages pédagogiques and the french teachers are most often from abroad, but trained locally. regardless of which path a student follows, the teaching approach at cefoliac always remains the same!“we value quality, not quantity,” she emphasises. “the theory must be there too!”language coursesprivate language courses in small groups are offered year-round in eze, saint jean cap ferra...
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old town charm: le cannet serves up an ode to the culinary gods
according to cannes’ tripadvisor, the city has some 660 restaurants, which can sometimes make the challenge of deciding where to eat somewhat difficult. the solution? the old town of le cannet, a picturesque and secret suburb five minutes from cannes. it’s a hidden gourmet gem.we decided to dine at the bistrot saint sauveur, no. 1 out of le cannet’s 54 restaurants, according to tripadvisor at least. the restaurant is exactly what it says it is: a bistro oozing charm and class, and above all, seriousness. two waiters clad in suits welcomed us into the small but comfortable restaurant. lined with long ceiling height curtains, the décor, while very nice, felt as if it were chosen by the late hugh heffner, but then again, i never have been one for fancy things…you know it's a good restaurant when they frivolously give away freshly sliced parma ham. all the diners are lavished with the stuff, sliced onsite by a rustic slicing machine that is bizarrely plopped amongst the many tables. we were eating this ham long before we even opened the menus, but that’s not to say we were served the meat quickly. rather, we just had to wait some time before the waiter realised we would need a menu so as to order our food. this considerable wait for the menus was the only downside to an otherwise exceptional evening.we went for the €36 formule, which consisted of three courses from the perfectly crafted menu. each dish was an ode to the culinary gods; a tribute to french cuisine mix...
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virtual reality: transforming the real estate experience
at the start of the year, real estate giant coldwell banker released the findings of a us poll. 77% of participants stated they would prefer to take a virtual reality tour of a property before viewing it in person. in the luxury sector, where transactions are often done on a global scale, vr is becoming an attractive tool for buyers and agents alike.virtual reality uses a computer-generated scenario to create a life-like experience for the user, who can explore the artificial world the scenario presents and even interact with certain items. for real estate, vr can build up a realistic picture of the interior and exterior of a property that a potential buyer can move around it and discover for themselves. advocates say it is almost as convincing as the real thing. as the coldwell banker study interviewed american nationals rather than french or european, it would be easy to argue that the results would be different in france or even monaco – countries that are only now embracing geoanalysis tools like cityscan for an improved real estate experience. however, the overwhelming support for vr revealed in the 2018 survey conducted by harris poll in the us is impressive. nearly four out of five respondents said they would appreciate being able to take a vr tour of a property before a physical visit; 68% would like to use the technology to see what their furniture would look like in a prospective home; and 62% said they would be more likely to choose an agent who offered vr tours...
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expat focus: lin wolff | riviera insider
riviera insider meets lin wolff, the owner of the english book centre in valbonne.what first brought you to the french riviera?my family and i lived in england for over 20 years and i became fed-up with the weather in the very wet winter of 2000. we had good friends here and this suddenly became our ‘next great adventure’.  we bribed our two children with a swimming pool and they gave up their friends and security to come here. it seemed important for them – and for us – to learn a new language, and to see the world slightly differently. how did you come to run the english book centre in valbonne?during my first few years here, and after spending lots of time and money in the bookshop, i finally worked up the courage to ask jill, the owner, if she ever needed any part-time help.  at the time i asked she didn’t, but within two weeks the job became available!  it always pays to ask!even though in my previous roles i had worked in documentary filmmaking in the us, for disney and national geographic for instance, i had not worked outside the home for 20 years, so i didn’t really feel very employable. however, i’ve always read a lot so working in a bookshop made sense. after five years of working part-time, i was offered the chance to buy the bookshop. i jumped at it!  what a better way to spend a day than being around books. i love it.you promote many local, anglophone authors. do you have any recommendations?we are an english bookshop, and have been for over 3...
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old town charm: le cannet serves up an ode to the culinary gods
according to cannes’ tripadvisor, the city has some 660 restaurants, which can sometimes make the challenge of deciding where to eat somewhat difficult. the solution? the old town of le cannet, a picturesque and secret suburb five minutes from cannes. it’s a hidden gourmet gem. we decided to dine at the bistrot saint saveur, no. 1 out of le cannet’s 54 restaurants, according to tripadvisor at least. the restaurant is exactly what it says it is: a bistro oozing charm and class, and above all, seriousness. two waiters clad in suits welcomed us into the small but comfortable restaurant. lined with long ceiling height curtains, the décor, while very nice, felt as if it were chosen by the late hugh heffner, but then again, i never have been one for fancy things… you know it's a good restaurant when they frivolously give away freshly sliced parma ham. all the diners are lavished with the stuff, sliced onsite by a rustic slicing machine that is bizarrely plopped amongst the many tables. we were eating this ham long before we even opened the menus, but that’s not to say we were served the meat quickly. rather, we just had to wait some time before the waiter realised we would need a menu so as to order our food. this considerable wait for the menus was the only downside to an otherwise exceptional evening. we went for the €36 formule, which consisted of three courses from the perfectly crafted menu. each dish was an ode to the culinary gods; a tribute to french cuisin...
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3d printed reefs: monaco reforms its underwater landscape
rich in life, but delicate in balance: coral reefs cover just 0.2% of our oceans yet support 30% of all marine species known to date. they are also increasingly under threat. if the natural can’t survive, could science and technology provide a solution?  at the un ocean conference in june 2017, monaco’s prince albert ii called on those present to sign the coral reef life declaration, saying, “life above water depends upon the health of life below water.”some months later at the our ocean conference held in malta, the principality was joined as a signatory by the nations of australia, cook islands, fiji, france, french polynesia, grenada, indonesia, mexico, niue, palau, and the seychelles. but coral reefs are not exclusive to the world’s tropical seas as it would seem by the names of countries supportive of prince albert ii’s declaration. they can be found all over the world, including in the temperate mediterranean and, locally, off the coast of monaco.a quarter of coral reefs worldwide are already considered ‘damaged beyond repair’ and another two thirds under serious threat, according to the world wildlife fund. as with countless sites around the world, monaco’s own reefs are also sensitive to climatic change, pollution and destructive fishing (among other threats). if prince albert is a well-known international activist, the health of coral is as much a domestic concern as it is global.early experimentsin the mid to late 1970s, monaco became one of the ...
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