Restaurants & bars reopen as Phase 2 begins in France

Phase 2 France mapToday is the day! Phase 2 of our de-confinement begins today, 2 June with further relaxing of travel restrictions and restaurant closures. Across France, restaurants, cafés and bars are reopening, although under strict health and safety requirements. Here, we give an overview of what’s open, where we can travel and what we need to know to stay safe. Read more

Call for events: Join Nice's summer event calendar

Have you got talent? Join the Nice summer event programme! The City of Nice is launching a call for projects from local associations and artists to propose summer events, from the beginning of July to the end of September, in various public spaces across the city. Now is your chance to propose an idea you've always wanted to see or share your talent as a performer! Read more

Useful links while in confinement

Image by Openclipartvectors via PixabayWe are finally out of confinement, but there are still great local offers, new openings and ways to stay fit without groups. Riviera Press continuously gathers useful links to help you stay informed, stay active, flex your mind and your muscles, listen to good music or just to have fun! We focus on local businesses in the Côte d'Azur but include some others that shouldn't be missed. Looking for information? This is where you'll find it!Read more

A pro-local tourism recovery plan for Cannes

The city of Cannes, and most notably, its unwavering mayor, David Lisnard, have been working non-stop to fight for the livelihood of the local community, not only for the health and safety of people, but also the survival of their businesses. Together with the tourism board of the Côte d'Azur, the city has prepared an extensive and creative tourism recovery plan for the summer!Read more

Hiking the Esterels: Cap Roux

Cap RouxNow that we're allowed out into nature again, we're sharing our article on Cap Roux. Our gourmet writer, Lewis Longman, traded his fork for trainers and takes us on a hike through the Esterel mountains just west of Cannes for breath-taking views of the Côte d’Azur. But did he bite off more than he can chew?Read more

The déconfinement: What can and can’t we do?

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We're free! As of 11 May, France was no longer under lockdown for the regions marked ‘green’, which includes most of the hexagon, including the south. But there are a series of regulations and sanitary guideline in place, so while we may feel like we have new sudden freedom, this is only the first phase. Here we go over what you need to know, what is opening, what is still closed, and how far from home you can travel.  Read more

Riviera Insider May/June 2020: A letter from the editor

Riviera Insider May/June 2020The May/June issue of Riviera Insider is the biggest and most exciting edition of the year. Out of the sleepy winter lull, the Côte d'Azur kicks into high gear for the start of the season (and the economy) with the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, Amber Lounge, Top Marques, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and more. But the Coronavirus brought all this to a slamming halt, causing event cancellations from early February through June. Read more

Countdown to de-confinement! But freedoms will be limited...

Free Woman by Jill Wellington on PixabayFrance's promised date of freedom has been a glorious light at the end of a very long tunnel. From Monday, 11 May, there will be a relaxation of the lockdown rules in France. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the plan yesterday, 28 April, before the National Assembly. But he also warned that the de-confinement date was not set in stone. Here we go over the what is planned to re-open and what will still be prohibited. Read more

Grasse perfumeries switch to making hand gel for hospitals

hand-disinfection gel-Photo Klaus Hausmann on Pixabay

In the face of catastrophe, the brightest light is the solidarity that immerges to help our workers, our neighbours and those who put themselves at risk. Over and above the appreciation we all show from our balconies and windows each evening at 8 pm, there are many local perfume and cosmetic companies that immediately mobilised to make hand sanitising gel to support local hospitals and pharmacies.Read more

Florists reopen for Lily of the Valley to save May 1st

Despite the corona crisis, lilies of the valley will be available for sale in France on May 1st - a tradition that is reluctant to go without. Photo: Bolanu Teslaru Andrei, PixabayIn France, the 1st of May is not complete without the traditional good luck charm of fresh Lily of the Valley (Muguet in French)Preparation for the sale of these precious white flowers starts three years in advance and if the flowers don’t get sold, they wind up in the bin! Roadside sales have been prohibited for the upcoming holiday, so how can you get these little white fleurs for May 1st? We’ve gathered a list of several florists in the Côte d’Azur who are offering delivery or pick-up. Read more