Kids Riviera – Sun & Fun Travel Focus

Now available in paperback !

Kid-focused sites on the French Riviera, so that the whole family can enjoy the sun and sea, and experience the savoir-faire that the area has to offer.

CURRENTLY Available on Amazon  HERE

KD paperback coverReview:

The author’s love of France shines through in this remarkable travel book, and so does her comprehensive knowledge of the riviera. When you think of the south of France, you don’t automatically link it with a holiday for children, but this book certainly breaks down that barrier. As well as a valuable resource for parents, the book has also whetted my appetite, and Kim has sold the region to my wife and I. We’re all going on a summer holiday! – C.B.

 


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!

 

Charlotte – A Nice Restaurant

Situated on rue d’Antibes Alberti in Nice, this is a charming restaurant where I had lunch with a friend who has eaten their many times. The carnaval was taking place on the Promenade and in Place Massena, as we meandered to avoid crowded and barricaded streets.

We ended up on rue d’Antibes, as I followed his lead, passing a shop that had a carnavalesque entryway in keeping with the festivities. I had worked near this neighborhood but, surprisingly, had never heard of the restaurant, named Charlotte – It had recently changed hands, and I was excited to try it out.

There was a fixed menu of either three or two courses, with a variety of choices to choose from – the risotto with blue cheese & walnuts and topped with bacon was uniquely delicious, as were the other courses. The coffee and after-dinner macaroons were served in/on beautiful porcelain, adding to the charming ambiance of this cozy place. Definitely worth remembering for a followup visit!

Top Destinations For Romantic Getaways On The French Riviera

The following is a guest blog article about four of the many lovely places to visit on the French Riviera – BIENVENUE!

“Cote d’Azur, quite popularly known as the French Rivera in the English-speaking world is the beautiful coastline of southeast France that overlooks the Mediterranean. Whether you are searching the internet for a romantic weekend, a lifetime vacation or honeymoon you can find the most enticing experience in the French Riviera. We have listed below some of the best places that inspire romance in the French Riviera

Grasse

What could be more romantic than the perfume capital of the world? The rural hideaway is the best place to surprise your loved one with the best smelling gifts. The French perfumery took shape in this little town since the first settlers made it their home back in 1400. You could also find several perfume stores about, where you will be able to make a custom blend of perfume based on your preferences. Some of the hotels in these parts also have some of the world’s finest wines locked away in their century old cellars. If you ever visit Grasse, you should also travel to the old town of Cannes which is just 15 kilometers to the south of Grasse, where you will be able to relish in the finest pebble beaches the French Riviera has to offer. For adventures couples there are a couple of hillocks surrounded by serene forest nearby, where they can go on hiking and have the whole place to themselves.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is probably the best place to blend romance and luxury. The placidity and legendary hotels around the peninsula was the main reason it had been one of the most favored destinations of the European aristocracy. It is still a favorite holiday destination for a lot of millionaires around the globe. The picture-perfect peninsula will surely live up to your expectations of a romantic getaway. Take a stroll along the promenade Maurice Rouvier during the evenings past the pleasing villas towards the small fishing harbor. There are three popular beaches in the peninsula. Cro de Peï Pin, the biggest beach in the locality is also the most crowded. For couples who prefer privacy, there is the Paloma beach on the foot of a small cliff on the north. The beach is just 10 minutes walk from the fishing harbor. To the north of the main peninsula is the Passable beach past the Office de Tourisme which is also moderately crowded during the sunny days.

Old Town of Antibes

There is no best time of the year to visit the town of Antibes. It is one of the biggest pleasure ports in the French Riviera. The main attraction of Antibes is the majestically built Fort Carré. Walk along the ramparts of the old fort to get a stunning view of the ocean and the waves crashing against the rocks down below. There is also the Musée Picasso where you will be able to witness some of the best works of the veteran artist.

Nice

A nice city (pun intended) located in the heart of the French Riviera is Nice. The large and lively city might not be the best place to go if you need privacy, but there is a lot of exiting thing to do in the ancient city, which is very lively. The flea market which is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays located in the main square attracts a lot of tourists. It’s a true delight to your eyes with all the bright vibrant colors and your nose with enticing scent of flowers and fruits sold in the stalls. Some of the places one shouldn’t fail to visit around Nice are, Chapelle de la Miséricorde, the famous Castle Hill, and the ornate Opera.”

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Author Bio: Aiden Korr is a vivid traveler and loves to visit different places around the world. He specifically recommends Quintessentially Concierge.

The Best Pizza?

According to TripAdvisor’s website, the French city that was ranked as having the best pizza is (drum roll……..) Antibes (about 18 km west of Nice), with Nice coming in 2nd, Paris 7th and Marseille 9th.

Three of the most popular pizzerias are also in Antibes and Nice:

  • Les Amoureux at 46 Bd. Stalingrad at the Nice Port
  • Pizza d’Or at 10 rue Lacan in Antibes
  • Pomodoro at 11 rue du Migrainier in Antibes

Pizza pie – that’s amoré!

Bon appetit!!

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Restaurant in Antibes

On the personal and very positive recommendation of a neighbor, I had lunch at a restaurant that’s near her bathing suit/clothing shop, Sakamanga, in Old Antibes.  What a great find:  delicious, great service, friendly (waiter was singing), and welcoming!

L’ANNEXE is situated among the first row of restaurants to the right, just after you enter the old town stone wall arch (with the clock above it).  This French-owner restaurant has been in business for 3 years, and our waiter happened to be Italian – a truly international experience.

The restaurant filled up with customers very quickly, while the other neighboring places stayed empty (that says it all, non?!)

My personal recommendation – this was great place to eat!  Bon Appetit!

(L’Annexe, 40, Bd d’Aguillon, 06600 Antibes / Tel: +33-(0)4-93-34-73-29

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