Thursday, November 12, 2020

LGBTQ+ Real Estate in France

 

The world is an ever-changing place when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community these days. With widespread tolerance, acceptance and even a warm welcome now being the norm in many parts of the world you wouldn’t think there could be any more issues to tackle. Yet, there are still some basic human rights that unfortunately still need to be addressed when it comes to equality for individuals.

The real estate industry has thankfully been coming to grips with these changes over the decades and is now seen in a much more positive light.

No longer are we as a LGBTQ+ community made to feel confined to live in a certain part of a city or hometown. For quite some time now we have been able to freely pick and choose where and how we want to live.
In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear the term ‘pink dollar’ when it comes to LGBTQ+ finances.

Many of us are well educated professionals wishing to initially invest or expand our property portfolio. In addition, for a segment of the LGBTQ+ population, where and how we invest is important. Our propensity to be more community minded means we are usually doing this not only for ourselves, but also for those around us.

Much of it comes from a basic understanding built through business relationships. However, this is not yet completely commonplace within global real estate agencies so my business partner, Rhodri Ellis Owen, and I, Jameson Farn, wanted to do our part.

We want to show there is a more open-minded way of renting, selling or buying a property.

Our obsession with real estate in France and globally goes way back. If what you are searching for is very rare, or you're looking for your future forever home or simply wish to expand your property portfolio, we love nothing more than taking on the challenge with our private, extensive network to hand.

We have developed over the past number of years a very dynamic and diverse team of business partnerships in the global real estate industry. We work with those who are not only hard-working, but also considerate and professional in their approach.

This has also been beneficial when it comes to owners wanting to sell a property.

We are known for respectfully listening, observing and giving honest feedback on an owner’s property and to learn more about what their intentions might be for it. By doing this, progress is much quicker and smoother for everyone involved, whether an owner wishes for the property to be sold publicly or privately off market.

Despite a lot of progress to date, there unfortunately continues to be gaps in gender, ethnicity and socio-economic equality, along with LGBTQ+ awareness.

On a more uplifting note, it’s clear progress has been made in all these areas in recent years and is something we simply wish to maintain for the benefit of everyone long term.

Feel free to connect with us for your property request for not only France but globally at: Info@experiencethefrenchriviera.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

A Change To The Ski Season in France

Well, what to say, because of the Coronavirus, this has certainly been a tricky year for us all.

The ski season here in France officially started with a couple of big destinations already open, but as of last week the whole of country is now on lock down until at least December 1st so what will this mean for your holiday travel plans?

Like this past summer, none of us knew what to expect and monitored the news on a daily basis intensely for any travel restriction changes. 

So, how will the ski season be different this year with coronavirus-related regulations in place?

The director of the tourism office at l'Alpe d'Huez, Fran├žois Badjily, admitted it would be complicated, but he was confident of having a normal season.

“We’ve put everything in place to reassure people: Barrier gestures in shops, ski stations, slopes etc.,” 

The director of France Montagnes, Jean-Marc Silva, an association that groups French mountain tourism sectors, agreed.

“Our mountains can handle the concerns that our clients have in terms of health well.

“We are convinced that the value of the mountains will match the expectations of people. People need to feel good; they need the mountain air.”

Here is the current safety update:

Skiing

Masks will not be mandatory while skiing.

Catered chalets

One big change is that there are likely to be fewer catered chalets this year. For obvious reasons, those traveling as a group should stay within their own bubble. We understand each booking situation so will be different and adjustments can be made for your stay.

Public transport

The rules on public transport for getting to the ski stations will remain the same as in the rest of the country. Masks will be mandatory.

Chairlifts

Wearing a mask is compulsory while in queues and on the chairlifts. Chairlifts will be disinfected daily. 

Shops / Ski Rental Shops

Wearing a mask will be mandatory and hydro-alcoholic gel should be made available. All rental equipment should be regularly disinfected.

Restaurants / Bars

Bars and restaurants will, in theory, be open. However, as time will tell, this may change depending on the government recommendations and local requirements. 

If an option, bars and restaurants will only be offering seated consumption, and masks will be mandatory when customers are moving around and not at the table.

Accommodation

Masks will be mandatory when in a communal area. There are no extra requirements if you are in self-catered accommodation.  

Everything is a bit of a prediction right now, but one thing going in everyone's favor is that it is only the beginning of the ski season which means hopefully things will be cleared up even more for European Gay Ski Week in March 2021.
With this past summer, as a bit of awareness, we noticed since France lifted restrictions within the country first, French nationals were booking very quickly and at every location so if you get the opportunity once things are clear, don't hesitate in supporting the European Gay Ski Week or the slopes in general for that matter.

We're all in this together!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Why Gay French Riviera?

The Gay French Riviera blog started almost 10 years ago on February 4, 2011. At the time I was still living in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada but was making frequent, yearly trips to France and more specifically to the French Riviera which I had first visited upon a suggestion by a French friend on my first trip to Europe in the early 1990’s. The Cote d’Azur was nothing but love upon first sight.

I remember very well the evening I started this blog. I had never written anything before for any kind of publication, I obviously had heard about blogs, yet really wasn’t sure where to start so thought I would just give it a try to see what would come of it.

It was dreary and raining outside on that typical Vancouver winter night and since I was constantly missing all aspects of the beautiful French Riviera and France, after searching around online I noticed there really wasn’t anything geared towards the LGBTQ community in that part of France.

There was random website listings of nightclubs, bars and beaches that you could tell no fact checking had been done to see if the places even still existed and apart from one small French blog that was also outdated, I gave it a shot and registered Gay French Riviera.

I had kind of mapped out a plan of what and where to write about at first to start setting things off as an introductory guide of sorts but overall, I wanted it to have a feel about what to expect on a first visit, current events, places, news items, whatever an individual or group might be want to experience.


Gay French Riviera has turned out to be a great way of spending some free time and back then a way to connect closer to France while I planned out my next trip there to what I now for years have called home.

The blog was never about obtaining the most online hits (although the numbers are substantial every month) or to make money, it’s truly just become a way to promote the French Riviera and France itself to not only those around the world who consider themselves to be part of the LGBTQ community...but for everyone who has an interest in the country.


Surprisingly, within three months of posting blog articles online, the Nice Tourism board contacted me as they were starting a big promotional push to also bring the gay community into the area as a year round destination and within a couple weeks of that, Cannes Tourism and Monaco Tourism also connected with me.

Together we had set out a plan for my next visit where I would be introduced to various hotels, restaurants and businesses who consider themselves to be gay friendly. Plus, I was given personal tours to explore parts of the cities and attend events during my time.

I found this thrilling to no end; I was always happy just to be in this place of the world I loved and now all these extras were coming my way which have been great to experience and in turn write about.


This also helped open other doors to various owners and managers of places whether they be nightclubs, boutiques and a variety of businesses that I thought may interest a member of the community planning a vacation in France.

Many of these people have become lifelong friends and since finally making the move here many years ago, in a sense this blog has helped establish not only myself but my businesses starting with ExperienceThe French Riviera.


I am consistently grateful and in awe of the chance to get to live in the French Riviera. For me there really doesn’t seem to be any bad days. There is a sense of freedom here no matter your sexuality and if you have dreams you want to accomplish; this is one of the best areas of Europe to be given it garners such a culturally diverse and extensive international audience.

No matter what happens in the future, especially in the time of Covid19 right now, I am forever in love with France and all it has brought to my life and others I know.

If you are hesitant about things in your life, don’t know where to begin, all I have to say is taking the chance on writing Gay French Riviera has been nothing but rewarding so go for whatever you have in mind, be consistent and make it happen.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Gay Voyageur

Being in the luxury villa rental and real estate business for almost 10 years focusing mostly on properties here in the beautiful French Riviera and other parts of France. My company, Experience The French Riviera has always been open to meeting new clients from every type of background and nationality from anywhere around the world.

In fact, it’s one of the most exciting things, getting to meet new people on almost a daily basis, learning more about their lifestyle and customs that what will make a trip to France memorable.

With that, an individual’s sexuality has never been an issue, not with myself or any owners I work with, everyone deserves a holiday and why not have the most luxurious one imaginable. 

So late this summer, my fellow Canadian friend Danny of Gay Voyageur and I started discussing how we could showcase some of my villa rentals available to rent for those coming to this stunning part of France on his work website.


Gay Voyageur is a longstanding, reputable LGBTQ travel and information guide specifically geared towards community interests. And not only is it for those in Europe or planning on coming here, but the website also focuses on other parts of the globe as well such as Asia and North America.

Vacation rentals, nightclubs, beaches, sports, Pride events, relevant news items, are just a small number of informative items available through the Gay Voyageur website to help make your destination planning that much easier and effective no matter where you want to go.

Currently in my property portfolio we have well over 150 villas to choose from, so for this undertaking we have started with some of the best in the region and as time allows more villas will be added to the Gay Voyageur website. And not only will there be luxury villas, but also apartments in Paris and chalets for your ski holidays in the French Alps plus our other concierge services as well.

We all deserve a taste of the good life and one of the many ways clients can obtain such a sumptuous villa for a vacation is to travel as a group. This way you are together and have your own private space to do as you please in both a safe and secure environment considering the current Covid19 situation. Or, if you would like, feel free to rental a villa on your own or with your partner. 

There is a wide variety to choose from with many of the properties starting with three bedrooms going all the way up to 10-15 bedrooms. The locations also vary with many at seaside areas close to all amenities or even in the countryside as private retreats.

Most of the villas offer additional services such as cleaners, chef, car service and we can even provide private charter jet service through one of our partners. Whatever you require, if your budget allows for it, we can make it happen, just let us know what you require and when. Have a corporate or private event in mind? We can help with all your planning requirements. 
So be sure to refer to the Gay Voyageur website frequently for updated property listings from us at Experience The French Riviera. We want to provide you with ideal villa rental and all- around experience for your vacation or business trip in France!