The Nice Côte d’Azur Opera House

29 December 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© flickr.com – debs-eye/cc-by-2.0

The Opéra de Nice is the principal opera venue in Nice on the French Riviera. It offers three types of performances: operas, ballets and classical concerts ; and houses the Ballet Nice Méditerranée and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. The “petit théâtre en bois” (wooden theatre) was first created in 1776 by Marquess Alli-Maccarani. Sold in 1787 to a group of gentry, it reopened in 1790 under the name “Théâtre Royal”. In 1826, the city of Nice, encouraged by King Charles Félix, bought it from its owners and had it demolished and rebuilt. It was inaugurated in 1828 with Giovanni Pacini‘s Il Barone di Bolsheim. In 1856, a great ball was organized in the honour of King Victor Emmanuel II.   read more…

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

24 October 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Hotels Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Banja Mulder/cc-by-3.0

The InterContinental Carlton Cannes is a 343-room luxury hotel built in 1911, located at 58 La Croisette in Cannes on the French Riviera and listed by the Government of France as a National Historic Building. During the Cannes Film Festival it is the most prestigious place to stay and the undisputed headquarters of motion picture industry deal-making. In April 2011, the prestigious hotel was sold by the investment bank Morgan Stanley to the Lebanese businessman Toufic Aboukhater, who owns several other iconic InterContinental hotels. Aboukhater sold the Carlton at the end of 2011 to Katara Hospitality, a Qatari investor.   read more…

Monaco on the French Riviera

13 October 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  11 minutes

© Georges DICK

© Georges DICK

Monaco is a sovereign city state, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. Bordered by France on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea, its center is about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Italy, and is only 15 km (9.3 mi) north east of Nice, France. It has an area of 1.98 km2 (0.76 sq mi), and a population of 35,986, making Monaco the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. Monaco has a land border of only 4.4 km (2.7 mi), a coastline of 4.1 km (2.5 mi), and a width that varies between 1.7 km (1.1 mi) and 349 metres (382 yards). The highest point in the country is a narrow pathway named Chemin des Révoires on the slopes of Mont Agel, in the Les Révoires district, which is 161 metres (528 feet) above sea level. Monaco’s most populated Quartier is Monte Carlo, and the most populated Ward is Larvotto/Bas Moulins. After a recent expansion of Port Hercules, Monaco’s total area is 2.05 km2 (0.79 sq mi), with new plans to extend the district of Fontvieille, with land reclaimed from the Mediterranean Sea.   read more…

Port Grimaud on the French Riviera

8 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, French Riviera, Hotels Reading Time:  4 minutes

© port-grimaud.fr

© port-grimaud.fr

Port Grimaud is part of Grimaud. It is located west of Saint-Tropez and south-east of Sainte-Maxime. This seaside town was created by architect François Spoerry in the 1960s based around the marshes of the river Giscle on the bay of Saint Tropez. Built with channels in a Venetian manner, but with French “Fishermans” style houses resembling those in Saint Tropez.   read more…

Theme Week French Riviera – Antibes, Cap d’Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Cap Ferrat

8 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  10 minutes

Antibes and Cap d’Antibes

Antibes Panorama © Frits Hoogesteger

Antibes Panorama © Frits Hoogesteger

Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d’Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is within the commune of Antibes. The Sophia-Antipolis technology park is northeast of Antibes. Sport is an important part of the local culture; the town hosts the National Training Centre for basketball. On 25 May 1999 the town was the first in the départment to sign the State Environment Charter, which pledges to actively conserve the natural environment. There are 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. The city of Antibes hosts seveal museums and sights.   read more…

Îles de Lérins off the French Riviera

13 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  5 minutes

Monastry of Saint-Honorat © Hermes from mars/cc-by-sa-3.0

Monastry of Saint-Honorat © Hermes from mars/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Lérins Islands are a group of four Mediterranean islands off the French Riviera, near Cannes. The two largest islands in this group are the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat. The smaller Îlot Saint-Ferréol and Îlot de la Tradelière are uninhabited. Administratively, the islands belong to the commune of Cannes. The islands are first known to have been inhabited during Roman times. Under the French Revolution, the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat were renamed the Île Marat and the Île Lepeletier, after secular martyrs.   read more…

Promenade de la Croisette

25 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  6 minutes

Harbor, Palais des Festival and Croisette © Mario Lassnig/cc-by-sa-2.0-at

Harbor, Palais des Festival and Croisette © Mario Lassnig/cc-by-sa-2.0-at

Cannes is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a busy tourist destination. The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on Promenade de la Croisette is host of the annual Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. It is as well host to the annual MIPIM in March, one of the largest real estate shows in the world, including an exhibition area, networking events and expert-led conference sessions over a period of 4 days, and MAPIC in November, an international retail real estate show. The Promenade de la Croisette stretches along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is about 2 km long. Many expensive shops, restaurants, and hotels (such as the Carlton, Majestic, JW Marriott Cannes and Martinez) line the road. It goes completely along the coastline of Cannes.   read more…

Hyères in Southern France

11 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  7 minutes

La Tour des Templiers © RudolfSimon/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Tour des Templiers © RudolfSimon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hyères is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. Its position facing the Mediterranean to the south makes it a popular location for tourism in the winter, and facilitates the cultivation of palm trees; about 100,000 trees are exported from the area each year. As a result, the town is frequently referred to as Hyères-les-Palmiers (palmiers meaning palm trees).   read more…

Cavalaire-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur

6 February 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  4 minutes

Bay of Cavalaire © Starus/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bay of Cavalaire © Starus/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cavalaire-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. Cavalaire has a marina with 1200 berths.   read more…

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