Thursday, January 26, 2023

Drag Queen Story Hour Cancelled in Toulouse


In recent days, the city hall in Toulouse has canceled readings to children by drag queens at a local library.

Faced with the indignation of a local group and a collective of associations, on Tuesday, January 24, the city hall of Toulouse took the decision to cancel reading workshops for children that were supposed to be animated by drag queens in a library.

"This choice of programming - which has not given rise to any approval or endorsement from elected officials - may destabilize part of the public. This is obviously not the will of the community," explained the city hall of Toulouse, in a statement published on Tuesday.

While a small group presenting itself on Instagram as a "community youth movement Toulouse and rooted" and called "French Fury" had launched a petition to cancel the event, the Toulouse City Council has taken the decision "in a bid to appease" to reorient the reading initially scheduled for February 18 "to accommodate only a major audience."

On Twitter, the collective "La Manif pour tous" was also indignant against these readings. "PARENTS, WAKE UP! This reading workshop in a Toulouse library for 3-6-year-olds led by two drag-queens has nothing educational, playful or aesthetic," it wrote.

To make things extra dramatic, the municipality says in a statement, "Some reactions may lead to public disorder." At the time a petition to stop the activity was started by one of the associations but has since been deleted.

However, Jean-Luc Moudenc, the mayor of Toulouse, intends to ask the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmain, "for the dissolution of the movement "French Fury", at the origin of the threats and the disturbance of public order."

The reading workshop was intended to "educate the young public about the difference, in a playful way," said city hall.

The Manif pour tous is the main group of associations behind the demonstrations and actions in opposition to the law opening marriage and adoption to same-sex couples in France.

Shanna Banana and Brandy Snap, two of the local drag queens have started a petition to make sure the events still take place that can be found here:

Liberté, égalité, fraternité - the national motto of France, we shall see.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

French Riviera Real Estate Options Six


Antibes is a beautiful area on the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes that has a pleasant old-world charm and consistently attracts visitors all year long while encompassing the sophistications that a small city has to offer. 
The history of Antibes goes back to the 5th century BC when it was used as a Greek colony due to it being a naturally protected port which also then made it an important trading center.
This way of life still stands today where Port Vauban is in full operation mooring some of the world’s largest and most luxurious yachts along the Quai de Milliardaires.

Next to the port is what is affectionately known as, “Old Town Antibes” an area still surrounded by many of its original fortified walls.
Seemingly anything one would need can be found by making your way along one of the many cobbled pedestrian streets and by browsing through any number of the outdoor public markets that sell everything from fresh food such as at the Provencal Market to other markets selling clothing and even antiques, plus there are some amazing bars, cafes, and restaurants to enjoy.

There is also any number of sandy beaches close by with seaside restaurants to enjoy. In Antibes, you will quickly discover that many amenities are within walking distance.

Architecturally there is a mix of classic Belle Époque properties reminiscent of when the writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in the area and modern, contemporary style properties on the market all at a wide range of prices.

Here you will find is where people have their holiday homes or even more so in the past few years, people have decided to live in Antibes year-round.

Antibes quickly feels like home, the people are friendly and inviting, and there is a strong sense of community here. The following is just a small selection of properties currently available on the market.
Antibes France - 2,850,000 EUR

A 5-Bedroom contemporary villa on the market in Antibes.

Area: 343m²
10 room(s)
5 bedroom(s)
Land: 1543m² 
Come and discover this superb and spacious villa that is 343m² in size, located in a peaceful and highly sought-after area of Antibes. Just a short walk from the beaches and the local shops and bakeries. 
Spread over 3 levels, the villa includes 5 bedrooms, each with a shower room or bathroom. The master bedroom has a bathtub, an Italian shower, and an integrated hammam. 
The spacious double living room is located on the main floor and gives access to a terrace overlooking a beautiful garden of more than 1500m ² that is south-west facing complete with a heated salt pool.

You can enjoy the terrace in summer and winter thanks to its outdoor heating system.
The property also has a large covered parking area for up to 10 vehicles.
Antibes France - 2,950,000 EUR

Area: 210 m2
6 room(s)
4 bedroom(s)
Land: 850 m2
Beautiful contemporary villa with high-quality fittings and finishes, a few minutes walk from the beaches of Juan-les-Pins.
It is sheltered from view and nestled in the heart of a luxuriant garden with tropical species and a heated mirror pool.
The interior offers beautiful volumes, a vast and luminous living room with fireplace, a convivial and very well equipped kitchen, 4 bedrooms, each with their shower or bath en suite, and an office.
Closed garage for 3 cars.

Antibes France - 3,200,000 EUR

Area: 234 m2
6 room(s)

4 bedroom(s)

Land: 1774 m2

This lovely family villa is located in one of the most desirable areas of Antibes, a privileged quiet, and residential neighborhood, close to shops and schools. This neo-Provençal villa has views of the sea, located in a beautifully landscaped complete with a superb pool area.

The villa has been entirely renovated with top-of-the-range home comforts. Including a spacious living room, a large fitted open kitchen opening onto the terrace and the swimming pool, a laundry room as well as 3 bedrooms and 2 shower rooms.

Upstairs, there is a beautiful master suite with a large terrace, dressing room, and bath/shower room, as well as a large office.

Numerous storage spaces, a technical room, a cellar, and a garage complete this exceptional property.

Antibes France - 3,250,000 EUR

Area: 247m²
7 room(s)
4 bedroom(s)
Land: 2638m²

This superb Belle Epoque villa is located close to the town center of Antibes and the beaches.

You will be charmed by its high ceilings, its brightness, and it's quality materials.

The home consists of a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, and an office. This property offers 4 bedrooms in total.

On the ground floor, there is also an apartment with independent access, several storage rooms, a laundry room, and the possibility to install a wine cellar.

Three openings give access to the nicely planted garden of 2638 m2.

The swimming pool and the pergola invite you to spend good moments with family and/or friends.

A covered garage and several parking spaces complete this property.

If you happen to see a property you would like more information about or have something more specific in mind you are seeking, feel free to connect with us.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Rainbow Bar in Nice

Near the beginning of last summer, a new and fabulous LGBTQ+ cocktail bar opened up in what is known affectionately by the locals as ‘le petit Marais' of Nice.

Situated at 9 Rue Bonaparte, and adding even more color and light to this special part of the city, Rainbow Bar quickly became a favorite by those not only living in Nice but also visitors alike.

This attitude-free zone brings people together from every walk of life, whether it is to hang out with friends for an after-work apéro and tapas, or as part of a night out on the town to catch a drag show, to check your vocal range by singing a few bars of a song on karaoke night, or even just on your own where you can take in the ambiance, people watch and easily make new friends.

Rainbow Bar isn’t a huge establishment, but that just means more fun can be had with everyone being in close quarters with each other. The business is well laid out so that you can watch the world go by from the terrace, or get to know someone better on a date in a cozy corner at the back.

An array of vibrant, tasty, reasonably priced cocktails concocted by the friendly staff are available or feel free to ask for your regular drink of choice.

With new establishments, especially those in the LGBTQ world, it can be hard to know if a place will really take off, but if this past summer was any indication Rainbow Bar has certainly had a tremendous start and continues to do well.

Photo credit: Rainbow Bar