Recent Articles

  • One kitesurfer's Tour de France

    Kitesurfer Matthieu Girolet has finished his epic tour of the French coast – from Dunkirk to Nice – on the beaches of the Côte d’Azur. The 44-year-old from Béziers had been at sea for over a month and completed over 2,400 kilometres when he made landfall yesterday afternoon.

  • Expat Focus: Cindy Egolf

    From the concert halls of Chicago to the olive groves of Liguria, orchestra conductor Cindy Egolf has spent the last 15 years chasing the sun, better food and her passion for music.

  • The American Club of the Riviera

    The American Club of the Riviera is more than half a century old, being founded in 1962, but can trace its roots back to the early days of American naval presence in the south of France. Since the end of the 19th century, the American naval fleet had been using Villefranche-sur-Mer as its European port base. In 1927, the US Propeller Club – an association that promoted the maritime industry and its various personnel throughout the world – established a base in the region and was ultimately the precursor to the current club. Naval activity increased significantly during the 1950s and 1960s with the permanent presence of the US Sixth Fleet in the Villefranche bay. Dozens of families relocated to the area during that time and the years that followed, and in 1962, the US Propeller Club evolved into the American Club of the Riviera.

  • Double success for CMB

    For the second consecutive year, Compagnie Monégasque de Banque (CMB) has been named Best Customer Service Private Bank and Banking Ambassador in Monaco by international magazine The European.

  • Expat Focus: Paul Oatway

    Riviera Insider catches up with photographer Paul Oatway to find out more about his sources of inspiration as well as his dream subjects in the south of France and Monaco.

  • Golf de Valescure: where golf has been played for 120 years

    Golf de Valescure is a time-honoured place founded by a group of English aristocrats who, appreciative of the mild climate in the French Riviera, began playing here as far back as 1895. Some years later, in around 1910, the course was extended to 18 holes by the famous and acclaimed golf course architect Harry Shapland Colt. Valescure can’t claim to be the oldest in France – that’s in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and opened in 1856 – but it has certainly welcomed many generations of golfers on to its lawns and is the longest established in the Var. 

  • The marriage of L'Oasis & Barbossi

    For the past 27 years, Stéphane, Antoine and François Raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. L'Oasis has lived up to its shimmering two Michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.  

  • Caught in a trap

    One thing is sure about the summer: along with the heat will come the sting of mosquitoes. Particularly dangerous – and annoying – are the tiger variety, a tropical beast that has infiltrated the French Riviera and much of Europe. But fear not! Two entrepreneurs from Aix-en-Provence have developed a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly solution that can be deployed at home as well as in public spaces. 

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