We are certainly facing an unprecedented moment in the world! To ensure that you receive the current issue of Riviera Insider during the corona crisis, we are making it available online free of charge. We want to make sure that even though you are housebound, you can still read the articles and interviews that we work so hard to bring you.
The March/April issue is a Real Estate special and we look at the major city developments taking place from the Principality to Aix-en-Provence. As featured on our cover, the Centre Hospitalier de Princess Grace will be getting a massive redo for the 21st (and 22nd) century. The project is expected to be bigger, more complicated and more expensive than the current land extension project! But it is impressive. There will be a new modern commercial centre and cineplex in Antibes centre (with a beautiful rooftop terrace), a long-awaited médiatheque in Grasse and many more grand projects (with pictures!).
Our Hotlist features a few new openings at Cap 3000, including the fun new IT Villaggio where you can get real, authentic Italian food made with 100% Italian ingredients - something to dream about while locked indoors! It's a very fun place when you can go and you can watch your food being made right before your eyes.
Since our last issue went to print, Brexit became official and just before the stroke of midnight, we received an informative and reassuring letter from the French Ministry. We have translated the letter for you on page 13.
Our business portrait is of local ex-pat, Tanya Benchava, who has created a novel booking site for events spaces, aptly called NATIVE SPACES, so if you need to plan for an event in the coming months, this is really an excellent resource.
For 2020, there are big changes for the Université Côte d'Azur - not only a new president, whom we feature on page 60, but also a revamping and combing of all the campuses into one centralised university.
On page 57, Blevins Franks gives some great advice for those wondering what to do with your UK pensions before the end of the Brexit grace period in December.
Our Art & Culture section features an exclusive interview with the curator of the upcoming Manifesta 13, Stefan Kalmar; a look inside the new exhibit at Villa Paloma for fans of old shadow cinema and 19th-century theatre, an interview with local Swedish sculptor, Lena Dettervik; and an article about the upcoming Canneseries festival (which has since been postponed to October).
Our travel section features a small town in eastern Liguria which is perfectly located for a long weekend of visiting some of the most beautiful villages of the region. It will have to be bookmarked for a later time, though. Also, please note that our thorough art agenda, culture agenda and events pages are all null and void at this point - going to print just before the outbreak of coronavirus made for some inopportune timing! But stay tuned as we bring you updated info as it comes in...