Recent Articles

  • The wildfires of Provence

    In recent weeks, the Côte d’Azur has experienced more than its fair share of the summer heat with numerous wildfires sparked in the Alpes-Maritimes, Var and Bouches du Rhônes departments. While the situation now appears to have stabilised, in part thanks to the drop in winds, more than 6,000 firefighters have struggled against the flames that have ravaged nearly 7,000 acres of vegetation across the south of France.

  • Chagall: trading colour for form

    Marc Chagall is an artist we think we know. When someone mentions his name, certain images will come to mind — floating figures in the sky, perhaps a married couple, a goat, a bouquet, a brightly coloured fiddler, a cockerel, a village… We see this artist as brightly coloured dreamscapes. The fact that Chagall lived locally and depicted Vence and St Paul de Vence so beautifully makes him even more special. However, the current exhibition at Musée Marc Chagall in Nice, which is open until 28th August, provides a rare opportunity to reconsider this artist through his sculpture work.

  • The Taming of the Shrew in New York

    Director and choreographer of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Jean-Christophe Maillot headed stateside last week for six performances of The Taming of the Shrew - La Mégère Apprivoisée in French - at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. 

  • The ultimate wedding venue: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

    As one of the most magical settings of the French Riviera, it’s no wonder that the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild has become a favourite among international couples seeking a location beyond reproach. To find out more, Riviera Insider speaks to wedding planner Monica Delevaux of Haute Wedding.

  • New electric car rental service in Nice

    On 27th July, Nice inaugurated a new car rental service dubbed Izzie. In the presence of Philippe Pradal, deputy to the Mayor of Nice, and Anne De Bagneux of the Autobleue company, the new concept was revealed to the public on the Place Masséna.  

  • New measures again for furnished rentals

    The French government has launched further measures to regulate furnished rentals. More and more landlords are using the services of private rental websites for short-term rentals and the French authorities want to control this rapid development.

  • Between art & commerce

    Visitors are always assured of a warm and friendly welcome from gallery director Damien Simonelli, who has worked at Opera Gallery for many years. Simonelli talks to Riviera Insider aboute the Opera Galley’s history and business model.

  • En plein air: Sisley, the Impressionist

    The new exhibition — Sisley, l’Impressionniste — at the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence provides sixty canvases by the artist for our consideration. This is the first exhibition dedicated to the artist in France since 2002 and the works have been carefully chosen by independent curator and expert Maryanne Stevens. What makes this exhibition particularly interesting is that the pictures have been brought together from all over the world, including many pieces from private collections that are previously unseen.