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Why there are Gargoyles on French gothic churches

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
On my recent trip through northern France, I was intrigued by all the gargoyles on the gothic churches and wondered why they were there. Then I came across this story which seems like a pretty reasonable explanation. A saint, a convict, and a gargoyle go into a swamp… This story takes…

Mimosa Mougins Ball 2017 in aid of cancer

in Community by Karen Hockney
When a group of expat residents decided to establish Mimosa Matters to help fight cancer on the Cote d’Azur, little did they realise just how dramatic an impact their association would have. Four years on, Mimosa has raised in excess of €140,000 through their events – two charity balls in…

Today, the ultra-hard Tory Brexit will be in motion

in Expat Issues by Orjan Pettersen
It is better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie. If you support a Tory agenda of privatisation of the NHS, reduction of consumer, employee and environmental…

Today is Article 50 day. What now for expat healthcare?

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
It’ll be a 2 year wait to know for sure what the consequences of the March 29 Article 50 letter will mean in reality for expats. Personally, I’m hopeful but not optimistic —…

Secret language of cypress trees in Provence

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
Slender, conical cypress trees are everywhere in Provence: they line roads, outline fields, decorate cemeteries, and adorn houses. These sturdy, practical trees protect crops…

The Virgin project of Nice: the statue that never came to be

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
Did you know that the city of Nice almost had a 49 foot (15 metre) tall statue of the Virgin Mary standing atop the Colline du Château? In the 1980s, the idea of the “Virgin…

5 Jean Cocteau treasures on the Riviera

in Culture and Arts by Margo Lestz
Jean Cocteau was truly a multi-talented artist. He considered himself a poet but he was also a novelist, playwright, film director, set designer, painter, and ceramicist – a…

A step-by-step guide to becoming a freelancer

in Finance, Tax and Business by Barth Hulley
Despite the French government embracing digital technology to reduce the form-filling burden, paperwork is a way of life for those of us residing in this country. Any brush…

Wine: Thoughts on 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
Fantastic! Finally, a year in Bordeaux to really get excited about. This may not be the biggest news of the day as the wine world has been not so quietly excited about the…

Tracing the 1,000-mile odyssey of D.H. Lawrence’s phoenix headstone

in History and Traditions by Robert Bullock
Soon after D. H.Lawrence’s burial in Vence Cemetery on March 4th, 1930, his widow Frieda commissioned a simple headstone to place on his grave. No words were engraved on the…

On y va! Hiking though the Alpes-Maritimes by train

in Visiting the Riviera by Portia Griffey
I have lived in Nice for the past few years, learning French as I go, as I didn’t speak a word when I arrived. Through On Va Sortir (OVS) I have discovered a love of hiking…

Provence Diary: The life-saving course that made my head swim

in Features by Dan Briggs
So there I was in the village watching a Euro 2016 warm-up game. The bar had put a TV outside on the street. A woman squeezed through the crowd to stand next to me. She was…

Homes and Houses: Newly built bastide in St Cezaire sur Siagne

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
Inland from Nice, in the foothills surrounding Grasse, are some of the best and most entrancing views in this magical part of the world. Long considered the perfume capital…

Interview with Nick Danziger: From Monte Carlo into another world

in Culture and Arts by Molly Brown
The charm of life on the French Riviera has always attracted writers, artists and photographers, but world famous photo-journalist, Nick Danziger, chose to make Monaco his…

Hubert Boivin: Q&A with “Best of Cooking Nice”

in Table Talk by Riviera Reporter
RR: Hubert Boivin, tell us about your role as President of UPCR, the restaurant owner’s union of Nice and the surrounding area (“Syndicat des cafetiers et restaurateurs de…

How to say “ouch” in French (and ten other sounds)

in Education and Learning by Camille Chevalier-Karfis
Onomatopoeia is the written version of a sound – think ssh, ouch or bang. And like everything else, the rules are a little bit different in French. The French don’t make a…

Discovering the other Piedmont: Nizza Monferrato and Barbera

in Visiting the Riviera by Chrissie McClatchie
With gentle slopes covered in vines, historic hilltop villages overflowing with charm, chic restaurants and cosy B&Bs, it’s easy to see why Piedmont is such a popular…

An insider’s guide to life west of Cannes

in Visiting the Riviera by Cheryl Robson
It was a coup de coeur as the French say – a simple fisherman’s cottage with a panoramic view of the bay of Toulon – and we fell in love with it over 20 years ago. Since…

Interview with Joe Theismann on the Monaco-US Celebrity Amateur Ryder Cup

in Sport by PJ Heslin
Although I am firmly lodged into my middle years, there are moments when I still feel like a teenager. In preparation for the first ever Amateur Ryder Cup between the USA and…

Posing as a naked model for artist Chris Savage

in Culture and Arts by Karen Hockney
Most of us know what we like when it comes to choosing a piece of art. But having a framed original work that is uniquely personal to you hanging in your home or office takes…

The French do love their wedding customs

in History and Traditions by Riviera Reporter
If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a wedding in France, or are planning to get married here, there are a few wedding traditions you might not have seen before.…

A hidden cove to call your own on the Ile Ste-Marguerite

in Visiting the Riviera by Riviera Reporter
Passengers 104 maximum. That was the capacity of the boat, according to the slightly faded sign. We were certainly precariously close to limit, bunched together, proverbial…