Where the great minds of tomorrow grow

From nursery through to high school, students at the International School of Monaco develop and evolve in a thoroughly multicultural environment and its internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) ensures that its pupils can gain access to the most prestigious universities around the world. Riviera Insider takes a tour of this exceptional educational institution.Read more

Thank You Obama dinner

The Riviera Chapter of the Democrats Abroad is extending an invitation to a Thank You Obama dinner next week to friends and supporters in the region. Hosted by the Restaurant Le Koudou on the Promenade des Anglais, the casual evening with provide an opportunity to share in the memories of and discuss exiting President Barack Obama’s term in office.  Read more

The mayor of the arts

Former attorney Gérard Delhomez has been the mayor of Peymeinade, a few kilometres to the west of Grasse, since 2014. Despite his academic background, Delhomez is an avid supporter of the arts and of culture, particularly within his 8,000 population community. In an interview with Riviera Insider, he explains why.Read more

Motivated by the human spirit

Christophe Etoré has been mayor of Valbonne since last October and life in this pretty, dynamic town – which includes the prosperous Sophia Antipolis technology hub - is, in almost every respect, good. Valbonne Sophia Antipolis - to give the town its full name - has something special about it. While it doesn’t quite have the dramatic views of the region that other villages in the hinterland boast, its quaint medieval centre with the arcade-lined has that authentic Provence atmosphere. All life and activity is focused here and not only on Fridays - the bustling market day – but all year round. People come from across the Côte d’Azur to enjoy its restaurants, cafés and boutiques in the pedestrianised streets.Read more

Antibes Lifeboat: raising money and spirits

The Riviera International Singers are returning to the stage for the sixth time this December in support of the wonderful work of the Antibes Lifeboat. Communal carols will be blended into a programme of pieces by the choir for the charity event and while most of the congregational carols will be sung in English (supported by the choir), some include verses in French and German, keeping the congregation on its toes and giving a truly international feel to the night. In fact, the master conductor is German Yann Nolle and president of the choir Astrid Najar is Dutch. Expats from all backgrounds are welcomed to attend as well as people from the local community! There will be food and mulled wine provided by Bluewater after the concert.Read more

American expats shocked by the result

A look of disbelieving horror crept on to the faces of those who had gathered in the Hotel Negresco in Nice to watch the results of this morning’s American election. The Riviera Chapter of Democrats Abroad had invited fellow US expats and friends from around the world to watch the momentous event, but there was disappointment all round as the party lost out to the Republicans. Read more

Michelin star dining with Club Vivanova

Executive chef Didier Anies of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat will be delighting diners at the Four Seasons resort on Thursday 10th November as Club Vivanova hosts an unbelievable evening of luxury and decadence.Read more

Cat Caroff: enchanting illustrations from the French Riviera

Her charming watercolour characters capture the personality of the modern day woman and entertain us with their words. Despite the light-heartedness of her work, Cat Caroff’s past collaborations with big brands such as Galeries Lafayette and fashion brand COS prove that she is an artist to be taken seriously.Read more

Expat focus: Tracy Leonetti

Anyone who has lived in France will know how difficult it can be to get even the most simple of forms completed, let alone accepted. Tracy Leonetti, an English woman living in Vallauris, knows this better than most considering her perhaps unusual line of work. In between enjoying the sun and sea of the region, Tracy helps expats getting through the mounds of paperwork that could drive the calmest person into a frenzy of scribbles and frustration. Here she tells Riviera Insider where it all started and how she can help with your bureaucratic woes. Read more

US Presidential Election Day at the Hotel Negresco

The Riviera Chapter of Democrats Abroad is hosting a live results event at the Hotel Negresco on 9th November. From the early hours until 11am, the group and its members will be glued to the screen as the polls come to a (hopefully) conclusive close.Read more