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NEW BLOOD?

On Saturday night I made a new discovery.  Chantier Sang Neuf, an abattoire for many years was turned into a gallery/music/theatre venue a few years ago. It is a great space that retains the character and ‘charm’ if that is the right word of its former use. There is even a faint smell of blood […]

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8 OF THE BEST

8 of the best places to visit in and around Nice Musee Marc Chagall At Avenue Docteur Menard this new museum is well worth a trip to the quartier of Cimiez in Nice. Musee Matisse is a little further up Boulevard Cimiez at 164 Avenue des Arenes de Cimiez St Paul du Vence The beautiful […]

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LE COULIS VERT

Remember when this was a car park, and bus station with a MacDonalds in the bottom? The Coulis Vert has transformed the Jean Jaures and Place Massena. There are no ‘Keep off the Grass’ signs here. Tourists and locals use every inch of the park on a daily basis.  

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LA LIBERTÉ ÉCLAIRANT LE MONDE

‘La Liberté éclairant le monde’, which translates as ‘Freedom lighting the World’ was the name given to the Statue of Liberty by the  sculptor Auguste Bartholdi.  One of the statues cast from the original mould now sits on Promenade Des Anglais.  This name seems all the more fitting this weekend following the march in Nice […]

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LA BELLE ÉPOQUE

In 1886 the Calais-Mediterrean Express, which linked London (via the Club Train) and Paris to the French Riviera was born and with it the belle époque made it’s way along the tracks to the French Riviera.  The buildings from that time are dotted all over Nice.  I have selected a few that best evoke the […]

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FROM CALVI TO AJACCIO – WHY WE HEART CORSICA

Corsica sits off the coast of Nice and is well worth visiting.  Like the Scots, the Corsicans consider themselves Corsican before French and the tiny island has only been part of France for a little over 200 years.   Part of the Republic of Geneo, briefly independent and even more briefly British, the question of […]

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SAMPLING WINES FROM UNKNOWN REGIONS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Whites ‘Jurançon Sec,’ Chateau Jolys 2012 This wine won a gold medal in December’s International Challenge Award. It is a wine that is really only consumed in the South of France.  The grape is Roussane.  It is often used for blending.  These grapes are in the main used to make dessert wines and it bears […]

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