Saint-Tropez and its harbor in the French Riviera
Saint-Tropez in France calls to mind glitter and glamour, celebrities, yachts, white sandy beaches, exclusive clubs and beautiful art all at the same time. The wondrous little town is located in the South of France along the Mediterranean coast roughly between Marseille and Nice. In the summer months, Saint-Tropez is flooded by jet setters from all over the world who come to enjoy a luxurious holiday. The tourists increase the town’s population by about 10 times in summer. When you want to be in the middle of it all, and dance the night away surrounded by celebrities in one of St. Tropez’s famous clubs, the summer months are the time to visit. However, if you prefer a little peace and quiet and would like to discover the Saint-Tropez that has attracted so many famous painters over the years, then make sure to visit the town off-season. Whether you choose to come in summer or in the other seasons, Saint-Tropez is a town you simply cannot miss when you visit Southern France!
In this article, we’ll take you on a two-day tour of Saint-Tropez, so you can get an idea of what 48 hours in one of the most famous towns of the French Riviera looks like. Welcome to Saint-Tropez! Read the entire story here…»
View of the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes from the Mediterranean Sea
Cannes is one of the most beautiful cities in the French Riviera. The city is famous throughout the world for its international film festival, which takes part in spring. However, there are many more things to see and do in the Mediterranean city year-round. Whether you choose to visit off-season to beat the crowds or want to visit during the height of the summer season, there are some attractions you simply cannot miss.
To give you an idea of all the attractions the city has to offer, here is our guide to spending 48 hours in Cannes! Read the entire story here…»
If you’re looking for an excuse to treat yourself to a trip to Cannes, France in a few weeks, we can actually give you not one but two: The Cannes Film Festival, May 16-27, and the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, also known as the Cannes Lions, June 13-27.
Cannes harbor at night
By far one of the most famous festivals in the world, The prestigious Cannes Film Festival will delight the cinema lovers one more time in May with its wide range of events such as the official competition, Un certain regard, out of competition selection, special screenings, short films, documentaries, classics, tributes, and films directed by the students of the cinéfondation. Read the entire story here…»
Picasso in Antibes, France
Any layperson endowed with common sense would never combine antiquity and modernity into a single concept. But legendary artist Pablo Picasso would never have let such an obvious oxymoron stop him, and neither did the museum bearing his name in Antibes. Therefore, until May 20, any visitor of the French Riviera can swing by the renowned resort town and enjoy the exhibit “Une moderne Antiquité : Picasso, de Chirico, Léger et Picabia en présence de l’antique” (A Modern Antiquity: Picasso, De Chirico, Léger et Picabia in the presence of the ancient world). At this exhibit, Greco-Roman sculptures and ceramics are confronted with 20th century’s masterpieces, highlighting not only the inspiration that these four groundbreakers of modern art drew from the ancient times, but also how they managed to reinvent and modernize classical art, in particular during the productive period between the two World Wars. Read the entire story here…»
Are you passionate about France and antiques? Then get ready to pack and head for Antibes’s Art Fair where the focus this year is on “Antiquités & Art Moderne” (Antiques & Modern Art). On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the popular event, which takes place between April 7 and 23, promises to be more exciting than ever. Not only will you be able to check out myriads of second-hand treasures, but you’ll also get to marvel at some furniture, artworks and paintings created by the most prestigious contemporary artists
The organizers haven’t held back on anything, and the huge tent specially set up near the harbor will become the space in which numerous stands will be installed and decorated to look like real art galleries. In this paradise for beauty lovers, you will be able to admire some of the most stunning art pieces currently on the international market and mingle with over 100 exhibitors from France and abroad. Whether you’re there for business or pleasure, the Antibes Art Fair will be an exceptional experience and a lasting memory. Read the entire story here…»
For the amateurs of beauty in all its forms, why not treat yourself to a special vacation during which you will be able to indulge in stunning sport activities in a no less stunning natural setting? That is just what you can do if you fly over to Nice for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, which will take place from March 26 to April 1 at the Palais des Expositions and the Palais des Sports Jean-Bouin, located right next to each other.
In either venue you will be able to marvel at the flexibility and grace of the crème de la crème of competitive figure skaters from all over the world in a variety of programs. Whether you prefer Free Skating, Short Dance or Free Dance, there is no doubt that these incredible skaters, who have achieved the impressive combination of athletic feats and artistic talent, will delight you with their performances, and maybe even inspire you to venture on the ice yourself.
Once you’ve had your fill of the action in the cold environment, why not marvel at the action happening in the warm capital of the French Riviera? The must-see neighborhood for many visitors is the Vieux Nice, the colorful Old Town where Baroque architecture, small specialty shops and precious art galleries endlessly adorn the narrow streets. When you decide to come out for space and light, you cannot miss the world-famous daily flower market, which becomes an antiques market on Monday, on Cours Saleya. Because it is so hard to take it all in the first time around, feel free to go back and have more fun. Read the entire story here…»
Carnival in Nice, France
When winter does not seem to end and you need a little pick me up, it is hard not to think sea, sun and fun, isn’t it? In which case there is hope in what may be the hottest remedy in France: one of the most popular events on the French Riviera and one of the largest parties of its kind in the world, the Nice Carnival will take place this year from February 17 to March 4. Its theme will be “King of Sports”, which refers to the upcoming 2012 London Olympics as well as to the boundless dynamism of the fifth most populous city in the country.
Known for its colorful extravagance, the Nice Carnival will comprise various parades, presenting a total of 20 meticulously decorated and all-around dazzling floats, which will readily engage in the eagerly awaited “Battle of Flowers”. As the tradition goes, this is when elegantly dressed characters throw mimosas, gerberas and lilies into the public along the famed Promenade des Anglais. At night, the parades of lights will brightly illuminate the city and may even prove to be more spectacular than their daytime counterparts. All in all, over 1,000 musicians and dancers will continuously entertain the crowds at many locations in the heart of Nice. Read the entire story here…»
The Russian cathedral in Nice
The Russians’ love affair with the Riviera is a well-known fact, and one of their favorite playgrounds has always been the irresistible city of Nice with its unique location on the Bay of angels, its perfect climate, and its ubiquitous cosmopolitan flair. One of the most famous of those expatriates was the ultimate modernist Marc Chagall, who decided to move to this then new artistic center after the Second World War. Today the general public is able to become extensively acquainted with the painter’s œuvre thanks to the Musée National Marc Chagall, which is entirely dedicated to the artist’s numerous works in various media such as paintings, stained glass, book illustrations, ceramics, tapestries, decorations and tapestries.
From now until the end of January, the special exhibit “Mais quel cirque!” (“What a circus!”)– a play on words from an expression that conveys surprise at a messy situation and the circus, one of his favorite subjects – presents 38 rare gouaches that he painted in 1955. Whether exploding with bright colors or oozing nostalgia and mystery, they will not fail to take you into Chagall’s fascinating inner world.
Between Nice and Cannes, in the lovely town of Biot, the Musée National Fernand Léger presents its own twin exhibition starring “Cirque”, the lithographed masterpiece that the French artist created in 1950. You’ll also be able to admire many other works of this ground-breaker in the fields of paintings, sculpture and film-making, which extensively explain why so many have considered him the forerunner of Pop Art. Read the entire story here…»
Whether you’re a marine life aficionado or just want a change of scenery to kick off the New Year, Marineland in the beautiful Antibes is definitely a safe bet for a warm, fun and attractive escape. In the actual Marineland park, you’ll be able to visit various attractions such as the only polar bear preserve in Europe, The Shark Tunnel for close encounters with the beasts and the World of Penguins, which will take you all the way to Antarctica. Stunning aquariums and numerous kinds of amazing creatures like sea lions and seals will keep you entertained as well.
The Marineland complex also includes La Ferme du Far West (Far West’s Farm), which is an amusement park that cannot fail to delight children and adults with its many Western-themed attractions. Next door, Adventure Golf will enable you to practice your putting technique at your own level – Easy, Medium or Expert – in a décor inspired by Jules Verne’s adventures. Read the entire story here…»
Promenade des Anglais
Even if running 26.2 miles is definitely not your idea of fun, shouting your unwavering support from the sidelines to the thousands of people who are inexplicably putting themselves through this punishment can be very rewarding.
And it is even more rewarding if you do it on the French Riviera, somewhere between Nice and Cannes on November 20, during the 4th edition of the “Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes”. Starting on the famous Promenade des Anglais and ending on the no less famous Croisette, the marathon course offers stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea on 92% of its stretch. So the only problem you will have is to find the perfect spot from where you will be able to whole-heartedly encourage the endless parade of brave or poor souls (depending on how you look at it) running by.
The Promenade des Anglais is of course one of Nice’s main attractions, but the city has much more going for it. Although it is the largest city on the French Riviera, its Old Town has managed to nurture an irresistible small town charm in its narrow but colorful streets, all lined up with traditional restaurants, bars and shops of all sorts. Do not miss the Flower Market on Cours Saleya, where you’ll be able to buy not only flowers, but also an incredible range of local produce. Read the entire story here…»