Quai 21 – Business Apartment in Cannes

I recently attended a Riviera Business Club/International Club of the Riviera networking event at Quai 21 (English link) on Quai St. Pierre in Cannes. This relatively new venue, ideally situated across from the port, was beautifully decorated and felt warm and inviting in ambiance.

The modular apartment is equipped with the latest technology, for presentations and videoconferencing, and has a lovely terrace to add that special touch to business or event gatherings.

Merci Nicolas & Caroline for such a lovely setting and your warm & gracious welcome to your business home!

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Happy Easter – Joyeuses Pâques!

Joyeuses Pâques!

“Easter is a holiday that is celebrated just as enthusiastically in France as it is in America, although traditions do differ. One of the best French Easter traditions is that of the Cloche Volant, or flying bell. On Good Friday (vendredi saint) all the church bells in France are silenced. As legend has it, the bells fly to Rome to see the Pope. On Easter morning, it is said that the bells return from Rome just in time to ring out and joyously declare the Resurrection. Classic chocolate Easter eggs can also be found in sweets shops throughout France—the first chocolate eggs were made in France and Germany in the nineteenth century.”  (Credit/Source: France Today)

 

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(Photos source: bp.blogspot)

Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton

musee picassoThe artist and writer, Jean Cocteau first visited Menton in 1955 and called the city the “Pearl of France,” while maintaining a long-lasting relationship with the city from the late 1950′s.

He became involved in the restoration and decoration of the Bastion, a small fort built in the 17th century, in order to convert it into an exhibition place for his work:  watercolors, ceramics, tapestries, sketches, and mosaics, and more.

On the request of Francis Palmero, the Mayor at that time, Cocteau first painted the Salle des Mariages, inaugurated on 22 March 1958 and also decorated the Mayor’s office with a wall painting representing Orpheus in front of the Old City of Menton.

He is also responsible for decorating the “Chapelle St. Pierre” in Villefranche, a fishing town just outside of Nice and also lived in St. Jean Cap Ferrat – all portraying his long love affair with the French Riviera.

Musée du Bastion
Quai de Monlion – Vieux Port of Menton
Open all year round from 10.00am to 12.00pm and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Closed on Tuesday and holidays.
 
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1, Quai Courbet in Villefranche
Closed on Tuesday and during lunchtime.

Boats, Cars, & Stars – Upcoming Events

antibes yacht showThe Antibes Yacht Show in 2013, with its 200 exhibitors and 150 yachts over 20 meters long, attracted 15,000 visitors. This year’s show is touted to be bigger and better than ever for the vendors and yacht service providers.  Show information in English HERE

 

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The Historic Grand Prix of Monaco will be held May 9-11, 2014, and has existed since 1997. It’s organized two weeks before the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco.

It takes place on the same circuit as the Formula 1 Grand Prix with the charming old cars that propose a travel back in time. With more than eighty years of racing history, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique on May 10th will commemorate and celebrate the history of the Monaco racing heritage.

The Grand Prix of Monaco Formula One race will be held May 23-25, 2014, with historical beginnings on April 14, 1929. Both events should get you reved up and ready to start yours engines in a beautiful location!

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The Cannes Film Festival (English link) will be from 14 to 25 May, 2014 – Discover the films of the 2014 Selection at the press conference on 17th April and access the detailed film and Jury notes one week before the opening of the 67th Festival.

Last year’s jewelry heists during the festival were headline news, making for cinema-like plots and suspenseful events – I don’t think there will be a repeat performance this year, but then on sais jamais (you never know)!

In any event (pardon the pun), the French Riviera remains lively and festive!

 

Royal Palm Vacation Rental Apartment

From the bedroom or the living room, you are enticed to step out onto the lovely terrace, to take in the beautiful garden and sea view before you, or perhaps, dine al fresco. A modern and comfortable interior in a residential building of high standing, just steps away from the sandy beach or if preferred, a dip in the on-site pool. Royal Palm is a well-appointed apartment situated only about 4 kms (2 miles) from the old port of Cannes and the Palais des Festival, where the annual film festival takes place in May. The apartment is a perfect holiday rental for barefoot beach strolls, yet close to the heart of the action in Cannes.

Photo gallery and more HERE

Invitations to Private Beta Language Learning

I was recently invited to beta test a French language program on a language fluentU logolearning website.  (You can participate too – see below!)

The site, FluentU, consists of a wide variety of resources for multiple language levels:  newbie, elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, and native.  As an advocate for the French language, and a former French teacher, I was intrigued and readily accepted.

MY IMPRESSION:

There is a wide selection of movie trailers, songs, and other amusing videos of various topics – each one targeted to a particular level of language ability.  But, what’s really impressive is the seamless integration of dialogue and grammar, included as a sub-title for each frame of the video (like watching a YouTube video with French subtitles).  You can quickly pause each frame, to confirm your understanding of the spoken dialogue, or simply, to add a vocabulary word to a list for later review.  There is also a corresponding, written dialogue for the video, so you have listening, grammar, and reading comprehension all in one!

The videos provide authentic conversational dialogue, including slang and colloquial language, for a “real life” language experience.

For each video, you get:

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  • French subtitles
  • The translation for each French word as you hover your mouse over it
  • A *SRS tool to learn vocabulary in a fun way

10 15 PRIVATE BETA INVITATIONS:

FluentU needs your help, as the program is consistently being developed and fine-tuned, to help make the site even better.

Invitations are now closed, so I invite you to sign up directly on the FluentU website!

They need more learners to test the system. They have asked me to give away ten fifteen closed, beta invites to their service!

How? Just comment on this blog post with your email address OR email me at twentyfourseveninfrance@gmail.com and I’ll send the list to FluentU. This is open on a first come, first served basis.

Bonne chance!

* SRS stands for Spaced Repetition System, which manages the words for you and asks you to study them just before you start – this facilitates long term memorization.

 

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Wine Reaches French Riviera

The new Miraval wine produced by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has recently arrived within reach of the superyachts on the French Riviera.

The wine is now on sale in the 1862 Wines & Spirits shop, situated opposite the old Port of Cannes, in a prime location for superyachts on the world famous French Riviera.

Read more Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Wine Reaches French Riviera.