You are what you eat – La bonne franquette!

After three weeks without Internet connection/service, it feels good to be back in ‘blog business’!  During that time, I learned that being online all day is a (good or bad?) habit and took the down time to do other things (not a bad thing).  Just goes to show that there are pros & cons to every situation.  Now I need to get to work on new posts, so stay tuned – thanks for your readership.

 

Wow – Just look at what french students get to eat in school!

Watch video HERE:Cours Saleya flower market, Nice France

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What French Kids Eat For School Lunch Puts American Lunches To Shame

“It’s a shocking statistic that everyone should be talking about, 1 in every 3 kids in the United States is overweight or obese. What on earth could American children be eating to substantiate this scary statistic?

This was the question which fueled author Rebeca Plantier’s inquiry into the school lunch programs of the French in her article, What French Kids Eat For School Lunch (It Puts Americans To Shame!). She wanted to know why French kids weren’t fat, and discovered some interesting truths when she compared their school lunches…..”

What Are French Kids Eating?

What American Children Are Eating?

Read more of this article (with photos) HERE

Credit:  EatLocalGrown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Village House for Sale near Nice

For sale:  House is in perfect condition and ready to move into!

Upscale village house, renovated to maintain its character and charm, in excellent condition and ready to move into!

Situated in a tranquil exteriorsetting yet minutes walk from the village chateau and only a 5-minute walk down to the town center with its shops, commerce, and bus transportation center.  Within walking distance (15 minutes) to the town’s train station, 25 minute walk to the sea along a canal bike/walking path, 5 km. drive from Nice airport. The best of both worlds – medieval village life just 10 kms. from the city of Nice!

Medieval Village of Haut de Cagnes-sur-Mer:

The village is only 7 miles west of Nice, with its history directly linked to its castle, constructed as a fortress in 1309; the castle, indeed, withstood assaults for two centuries. Around 1620, it was converted into a palatial residence (by Baron Jean-Henri Grimaldi) with its magnificent staircase, loggias, balustrades, and baroque architecture.

In 1873, the castle was purchased by a couple, who restored it; the town re-purchased the Grim
plan-acces-chateau-cagnardaldi castle in 1937, and it was registered as an historic building in 1948. Today, the Grimaldi Castle-Museum houses various art exhibitions and welcomes visitors from all over the world. (Source: Office of Tourisme)

Friday evening jazz is held in the main square during the summer months of July and August, along with other activites throughout the year.

House Description:

  • 89m2 living space/3 floors; situated on a stone corner lot
  • two large bedrooms (19 & 20m2)/two bathrooms (1 en suite with separate WC)
  • non-smoking interior environment
  • treated wooden beams throughout 2012 (10 year guarantee)staticmap
  • living room with built-in library and stone fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • master bedroom has built-in closet & ensuite bathroom
  • cave/wine cellar underground
  • AC/heat reversible
  • new roof with waterproofing Dec. 2012 (10 yr. guarantee)
  • new high performance water heater/boiler (2015)
  • patio and rock garden area
  • double-glazed windows throughout
  • panoramic sea view
  • 30 meters from navette stop (free shuttle bus circulates every 15 minutes all day long from the center of town up to the village) or 5-minute walk down to town center
  • free street parking

PRICE:  356,000 Euros

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NICE Airport – Yummy News!

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport announces compelling F&B concepts in its ambitious commercial redevelopment

The gateway to the Côte d’Azur last week announced the enticing food & beverage concepts that won out in the competition to deliver “innovation and excellence” as part of the airport’s renewed culinary offering. SSP and RELAY France were awarded the contracts to operate a total 20 units for the next 11 years in Nice Côte d’Azur Airport’s ambitious renovation of its retail areas.

Jamies Italian - Nice

Taking place over the next two and a half years, the all-encompassing commercial redevelopment will provide the airport with a truly original retail and F&B offering, and in early summer 2014 the Aéroports Côte d’Azur Group launched a consultation to overhaul its culinary services – driven by the airport’s ultimate vision “to provide the most surprising commercial airport experience in a European airport”.

SSP and Lagardére subsidiary RELAY France developed the most compelling and original concepts, the airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Filip Soete explained to Airport Business, and best reflected the airport’s ambitions to create a retail experience that captured the identity of its spectacular Côte d’Azur setting. “The fantastic experience that visitors to the Côte d’Azur have on the beach, in the hotels, amid the scenery – everything that you can enjoy here – we want to bring into the terminals, so that our passengers, until the very last moment, still have that feeling,” he said.

In what will be a complementary and competing offer, the two operators will share the 20 points of sale in both airside and landside in Terminal 1 – totalling around 23,000sqm and four times the existing space, and Terminal 2 – 27,000sqm, three times the previous area. Construction works have already begun in Terminal 1, where much of the new gastronomic offering will be operational from April 2015 and works are expected to conclude in May 2016, while in Terminal 2 new outlets will open from May 2017.

Nice outles

“SSP and RELAY’s offers were very complementary to one another – they matched very well, which was exactly what we wanted,” Soete explained. “We have, for example one restaurant by a two-Michelin star chef by RELAY and one by SSP – one French cuisine and world cuisine, so they go very well together. SSP is a big, worldwide F&B company especially in airports, while RELAY is a newcomer with whom we already work in duty free in Nice and in whom we have a lot of confidence.”

From the premium culinary offerings of world renowned chefs such as Thierry Marx and Mauro Colagreco to firsts in fast food like the only Joe and the Juice Danish coffee bar to be opened in southern Europe and the first Burger King in the Côte d’Azur, the unique and the never-before-seen are at the heart of Nice Airport’s renewed F&B. The gateway will be home to iconic local brands such as Chez Pipo, as well as the first beach bar in an airport – complete with sand and slides, the first airside Petrossian caviar house, and the first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in France, which will feature French Riviera cuisine especially created for the airport by British chef Jamie Oliver.

“The other great thing about the combination of SSP and RELAY is that we have an international player and we have a French player. For example, within our offer we have a Starbucks – which is very international, and but then we also have Eric Kayser – the best boulangerie in Paris,” Soete stated. “My aim is that once people have had that great experience here, the next time they come to the airport they come ten minutes early because they know all that there is to do and want to have lunch at the airport instead of in the city.”

Soete explained that Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is now beginning to receive the first offers in the tender for the operation of its duty free outlets – starting with what it has labelled the ‘Gastronomy and Souvenir Chic’ category. The results of the tender will be revealed in April of this year, after which it will begin taking bids for the Fashion and Jewellery and Accessories sectors.

“As always, it will be a difficult choice, but there is no doubt that the quality is definitely there,” Soete added. “We are very excited about the whole project, and so far it is really going in the direction that we wanted it to go.”

Compelling F&B concepts – the exciting first step in Nice’s retail redevelopment

Airport beach bar

La Plage - Nce Airport

Chez Pipo - Nice

L'Estivale Bistro

Patisserie arrivals hall

Source/Credit:  http://www.airport-business.com/

Work on Nice’s second tramway to gather pace in 2015 – The Riviera Times Online

Construction of Nice’s second tramway will pick up speed in 2015 as the preparatory work for underground stations has now been completed….

Work on Nice’s second tramway to gather pace in 2015 – The Riviera Times Online.

View conceptual video of tramway HERE

 

Smoke Alarm Law

Just 2% of French homes were fitted with smoke alarms in 2013, compared to 89% in England and 98% in Norway. Yet between 600 and 800 deaths are caused by domestic fires every year in France.
It is now compulsory for all homes in France to have at least one fitted smoke alarm.1501 Smoke detector-4106bbe5

The new law comes into effect on March 8, 2015 and requires the owners and occupants of a property to ensure a properly functioning detector is fitted.

The French Ministry of Housing estimates that only 2% of houses in France are currently fitted with smoke alarms, compared to 98% in Norway and 89% in England.

Between 600 and 800 people die in house fires in France every year. Seven in 10 blazes start at night, after people have gone to bed. The ministry believes the number of fatalities would be halved if smoke detectors, which cost between €10 and €20 were fitted.

The ministry, in conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, has published the following information to help people select and fit an appropriate detector.

The device should be installed in a corridor or hallway leading to rooms that are used regularly. The sensor should be fitted to the ceiling or at the top of a wall, away from a source of smoke.

The occupant, the owner or agency managing a property is obliged to check the sensor is working properly on a regular basis. CE-accredited detectors are fitted with a ‘test’ button for this purpose.

To avoid smoke detectors that do not meet EU standards the following requirements must be observed:

The unit should be marked with the CE notation

A power indicator must be included

The unit should be powered by batteries that will work for at least a year, or include an AC-power cable

The unit must emit a visual or audible signal, independent of a power source, indicating the absence of batteries or low batteries. The fault signal must be different to the alarm signal.

When it detects smoke, the unit must emit an alarm of at least 85 dB (A) audible at three metres.

The following information must be indelibly marked on the unit: the brand name, address of the manufacturer or supplier number, date of the standard that the detector complies with, manufacturing date or batch number and type of battery to use

The unit should be supplied with instructions for installation and maintenance. It must also have a model certificate that the occupant must provide to an insurer in case of a claim for damage caused by fire.

Source: The Connexion & The Riviera Times

 

Myths debunked: 11 things you (wrongly) presumed about France

Stereotype: to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. (wikipedia) The French are some of the most stereotyped people on the planet……french dog

Read more of this article HERE

  Credit: The Local

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