Monte Carlo Casino

11 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  10 minutes

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© flickr.com – Laura Caillebot/cc-by-2.0

The Monte Carlo Casino, officially named Casino de Monte-Carlo, is a gambling and entertainment complex located in Monaco. It includes a casino, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.   read more…

Pride Month

1 June 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, French Riviera, Greater Los Angeles Area, Hamburg, London, Miami / South Florida, New York City, Paris / Île-de-France, San Francisco Bay Area Reading Time:  9 minutes

2018 San Francisco Pride Parade down Market Street © Samuel Wantman/cc-by-sa-4.0

2018 San Francisco Pride Parade down Market Street © Samuel Wantman/cc-by-sa-4.0

LGBT Pride Month is a month, typically June, dedicated to celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. Pride Month began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969, and has since spread outside of the United States. Modern-day Pride Month both honors the movement for LGBT rights and celebrates LGBT culture.   read more…

Salade niçoise

28 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Denkhenk/cc-by-sa-3.0

Salade niçoise (Occitan: salada niçarda, or salada nissarda in the Niçard dialect; Italian: insalata nizzarda) is a salad that allegedly originated in the French city of Nice. However, there is no source evidence for this view; the oldest known recipes come from Paris. It is traditionally made of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives and anchovies or tuna, dressed with olive oil, or in some historical versions, a vinaigrette. It has been popular worldwide since the early 20th century, and has been prepared and discussed by many chefs. Delia Smith called it “one of the best combinations of salad ingredients ever invented” and Gordon Ramsay said that “it must be the finest summer salad of all”.   read more…

Vieux-Nice, the old town of Nice

2 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Zairon/cc-by-sa-4.0

Old Nice (Vila-Vielha in niçois) is the old part of the city of Nice. Its inhabitants also speak of the “old town” (vielha vila in niçois). In the past, the nickname babazouk was also given to it, a local adaptation of the Arabic expression meaning “door to the souk”.   read more…

Cours Saleya in Nice

11 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  10 minutes

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The main pedestrian route in Old Nice, the Cours Saleya, parallel to the Quai des États-Unis, extends rue Saint-François-de-Paule to the west, from rue Louis-Gassin to Place Charles-Félix.   read more…

Biot on the French Riviera

17 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  5 minutes

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© Jean Pierre Lozi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Biot (Occitan: Biòt) is a small fortified medieval hilltop village in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur near Antibes, between Nice and Cannes. Many people come to Biot for its renowned cubist art museum of Fernand Leger as well as the winding cobbled lanes on the elevated fort. This village, that is now known for its ceramics and glassblowing, dates to prehistoric times.   read more…

Tarte tropézienne

10 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Bon appétit Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Fortetclair75/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tarte tropézienne, also known as “La Tarte de Saint-Tropez”, is a dessert pastry consisting of a halved brioche filled with a mix of two creams, thick pastry cream (crème pâtissière) and buttercream, and topped with pearl sugar. It was created in 1955 by Polish confectioner Alexandre Micka, a pâtisserie owner in Saint-Tropez, where he moved in 1945 just after the war.   read more…

Bormes-les-Mimosas on the French Riviera

21 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Gfmorin

Bormes-les-Mimosas (Occitan: Bòrmas dei Mimòsas) is a commune in the Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, southeastern France. Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale Europe. The Fort de Brégançon, located in the commune, is the official retreat for the President of the French Republic.   read more…

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice

18 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  8 minutes

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The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice in Nice, France at 33 av. des Baumettes was built in the former private mansion built in 1878 by the Russian Princess, Elizaveta Vasilievna Kochubey. Named for the artist Jules Chéret who lived and worked in Nice during his final years, the museum opened as the “Palais des Arts Jules Chéret” on 7 January 1928.   read more…

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