Monday, January 29, 2024

Pink Ribbon Monaco 2024


Established in 2011, Pink Ribbon Monaco holds a special place in the hearts of many, being the pioneer association in the region to illuminate buildings in pink during breast cancer awareness month.

Under the leadership of Natasha Frost-Savio, the organization is dedicated to early detection and awareness, organizing impactful events like the Pink Ribbon Walk in February and the annual Pink Lights in October.

These events serve as powerful messages of support, urging early screening and striving to save lives. As a member of the Committee for the Protection and Promotion of Women’s Rights (DFM), Pink Ribbon Monaco actively works towards enhancing gender equality. Collaborating with key entities like the Princely government, National Council, Ministry of Health, and Princess Grace Hospital, the association has been a steadfast advocate for awareness, health, and unity for over a decade.

Excitingly, Pink Ribbon Monaco proudly announces that Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene has embraced the role of Honorary President. This endorsement solidifies her dedication to women’s health and the fight against breast cancer, aligning seamlessly with the values of the Principality's most prominent association dedicated to the cause.

Princess Charlene’s role as Honorary President will play a crucial part in advancing Pink Ribbon Monaco’s mission of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention. This announcement gains significance just weeks before the highly anticipated fundraising gala and auction at the prestigious Monte Carlo Casino.

The timing coincides with the beloved 12th annual Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk at Port Hercules, in partnership with the Monaco Run, on Sunday, February 11th. This event continues to symbolize community support for those affected by breast cancer.
Natasha Frost-Savio, President and Founder of Pink Ribbon Monaco, expressed her gratitude, stating, “HSH Princess Charlene’s involvement as our Honorary President adds immeasurable strength to our cause. We are honored to have her support as we approach these significant events, and her commitment reinforces our wish to encourage critical research and support our local community.”

Under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II, Pink Ribbon Monaco invites you to an extraordinary evening on February 2nd, 2024, at the exclusive Salle Médecin within the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo. The gala promises an elegant blend of music, and philanthropy, dedicated to supporting lobular breast cancer research at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace.

With the generous backing of the Societé des Bains de Mer and its dedicated teams, the Pink Ribbon Monaco Gala presents an exclusive chance for attendees to engage in pre-dinner entertainment, including French Roulette and blackjack. While there won't be any cash rewards, fortunate participants stand a chance to win enjoyable prizes, enhancing the overall experience of the evening.

Every guest will receive an initial chip, and extra chips can be acquired for 100€, with all proceeds dedicated to advancing lobular breast cancer screening study led by Dr. Hugonnet at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace.

Award-winning musician, author, and philanthropist Zhang Zhang and her 7-piece orchestra will set the tone for the evening, performing timeless classics. The gala, supported by the Societé des Bains de Mer, also offers guests the chance to engage in pre-dinner games like French Roulette and blackjack, with proceeds supporting breast cancer research.

The auction boasts luxury fashion items, high-end interior design, art, jewelry, art, and exclusive VIP and sports packages provided by top brands such as Versace, Chanel, Vitale 1913, Zegg & Cerlatti, Rinck, Boghossian, and many more.

As a private event, the Pink Ribbon Monaco Gala provides a unique bonus – guests are permitted to capture special moments at the roulette and blackjack tables on film, creating memories in the historical venue.

To be a part of the Gala on February 2nd, 2024, and an unforgettable night at the Casino de Monte-Carlo’s Salle Médecin, visit the official website at or
Images courtesy of Pink Ribbon Monaco

Friday, January 26, 2024

The Taste in Nice

A recent addition to the charming Vieux Nice district in Nice is a must-visit restaurant aptly named, The Taste. Nestled in the historic area of the city, this establishment, owned by the enterprising Alexander, is located at 3 rue Colonna d'Istria and has started to capture an impressive following simply by word of mouth.

Boasting an LGBTQ+ community member as its proprietor,
The Taste offers an ideal setting for a romantic dinner, or gathering with friends and family. The restaurant caters to diverse preferences, making it the perfect spot for delightful aperitifs, elegant dinners, or relaxed terrace lunches that capture the essence of the Old Town surroundings.


What sets this place apart is its commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients and unique delicacies, ensuring an experience that already has patrons coming back for more. The menu is diverse, and moderately priced while offering an amazing array of options that elevate any occasion.

The Taste ambiance is characterized by chic, simple, and stylish decor, with ever-changing local artwork, creating a cozy and casual atmosphere. It's an excellent choice for both visitors to the city and locals seeking to explore new culinary delights and innovative cocktails while enjoying a sense of familiarity.

Step into this amazing establishment for a memorable experience that combines tasteful menus with a welcoming atmosphere.

Come visit The Taste to see what all the talk is about.

Monday, January 22, 2024

New for Monaco 2024


Exciting developments are on the horizon for Monaco in the coming year, ranging from the unveiling of Amazónico and a sophisticated Japanese dining experience to the anticipated relaunch of Moods and a rejuvenation of Hôtel de Paris' wine cellars.

Deputy Chairman Stéphane Valeri of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer shared insights at a press gathering held in the Crystal Bar of Hôtel Hermitage, reflecting on a successful 2023 and unveiling a series of compelling projects slated by Monaco's prominent employer.

Monsieur Valeri announced the debut of a new restaurant here within the current Crystal Bar. This forthcoming gastronomic destination, curated by the renowned multi-Michelin-starred Chef Yannick Alléno, will introduce an intimate, fine-dining Japanese experience to Monaco's esteemed Hôtel Hermitage.

Featuring Chef Alléno's winning formula, the restaurant will bring two Michelin-starred sushi Chef Yasunari Okazaki from L'Abysse in Paris to recreate their award-winning Japanese cuisine. The opening is anticipated in July, with plans for a new location for the Crystal Bar underway.


, a long-awaited addition situated above the redesigned Café de Paris, will open its doors on April 4th. With its South American energy and a menu inspired by Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, the restaurant aims to captivate locals and tourists alike, leveraging its prime location overlooking Casino Square.


By possibly late autumn, the completion of the Monte-Carlo redevelopment will introduce seven luxury boutiques near Café de Paris, including prestigious brands like Tag Heuer and Tiffany & Co.


The reopening of the Michelin-starred Blue Bay restaurant in mid-February at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort is highly anticipated, showcasing a complete makeover under the direction of chef Marcel Ravin.


October 17, 2024, marks the triumphant return of Moods, an iconic Monaco nightspot, to its original Monte-Carlo location. Offering live music, and comedy acts, the new ‘Moods' will feature finger-food catering by the acclaimed Michelin-starred Chef Marcel Ravin.


Monaco's hidden gem, the extensive wine cellars beneath Hôtel de Paris, will undergo renovation and transform into a public museum. Open for guided tours and exceptional dinners in collaboration with leading wine brands, these cellars house over 350,000 bottles of the finest wines.


Sporting Monte-Carlo, the epicenter of Monaco's major concerts, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. With a history of hosting entertainment legends from Frank Sinatra to Elton John, the venue is set for grand celebrations, with anticipation building for SBM's plans for this iconic landmark. Celebration announcements for the venue will hopefully be made soon.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Lou Queernaval 2024

Anchored in the rich heritage of carnival festivities in Nice, Lou Queernaval, the inaugural gay carnival in France, has become a beloved event that embraces inclusivity and unity for all.

For those that may not know, "Lou" translates to "the" in Nissart, the regional dialect of Nice and Queernaval is self-explanatory.

Lou Queernaval stands out as a unique spectacle, featuring a dazzling array of drag queens and other various talented artists primarily from the region, and together, they convey a powerful universal message of love, sharing, and kindness.

The event is filled with an array of sights and sounds, a testament to the commitment of over 150 volunteer carnival workers, with many wearing extraordinary costumes, setting the stage for an exceptional evening centered around this year's theme of the King of Pop Culture.

Since its inception in 2015, Lou Queernaval has garnered attention from spectators across France and around the globe. This one-of-a-kind event is free and offered by the Nice LGBTQIA+ community, in collaboration with the City of Nice and the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis.

Open to all, Lou Queernaval has rapidly evolved into a cherished tradition within the broader framework of the Nice Carnival that has been a part of the city’s history for the past 150+ years.

Lou Queernaval also serves as the kickoff to a weekend filled with sensational festivities as LGBTQ establishments hold various themed events and are filled with locals mingling with international visitors.

This year, the Queernaval celebration is scheduled for February 23, from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm ending with a party on the parade route.

Book early for your free tickets here:
Lou Queernaval
Photo credits: Guillaume Eymard

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

French Riviera Real Estate Options Eighteen

As it is the height of winter and everyone is hitting the ski slopes, for January I thought I would showcase some beautiful chalets for sale in Megève France.

Megève is a picturesque and upscale ski resort town located in the French Alps. Situated in the Haute-Savoie region of southeastern France, Megève is renowned for its charm, traditional architecture, and world-class skiing facilities. Here are some key aspects of Megève:
  1. Skiing and Winter Sports: Megève is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The town offers a vast ski area with a variety of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels. The Mont d'Arbois and Rochebrune sectors are part of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area, providing access to a network of interconnected slopes.

  2. Charming Village: Megève boasts a charming and well-preserved village center with narrow cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and a central square. The town has managed to maintain its authentic alpine character, making it a favorite destination for those seeking a cozy and idyllic atmosphere.

  3. Luxury and Hospitality: Megève is known for its luxurious amenities, high-end hotels, and gourmet restaurants. The town has a reputation for providing a sophisticated and upscale experience for visitors. The accommodations range from boutique hotels to luxurious chalets, contributing to the town's exclusive and refined ambiance.

  4. Cultural and Culinary Scene: In addition to its outdoor activities, Megève offers a vibrant cultural and culinary scene. Visitors can explore art galleries, and boutique shops, and enjoy fine dining in restaurants that showcase both local Savoyard specialties and international cuisine.

  5. Year-round Destination: While Megève is primarily known as a winter destination, it also attracts visitors during the summer months. The alpine landscapes offer opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities. The town hosts events and festivals throughout the year, making it a destination with year-round appeal.

Overall, Megève is a destination that combines alpine charm, luxury, and outdoor recreation, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking an elegant and memorable mountain experience.

Megève Village
Price: 3,800,000 EUR

Renovated chalet on the market near the center of Megeve Village.

Living Area: 200 sqm (sold furnished)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Plot Area: 650 sqm


First floor: large entrance hall, checkroom, guest toilet, living room, dining room, kitchen with access to L-shaped balcony and large terrace.

1st floor: master bedroom with bathroom (bath and shower), second bedroom with shower room. Each bedroom has access to a south-facing balcony.

Garden level: two bedrooms, each with its shower room, a dormitory with its shower room, and a laundry room with a technical area.

Exterior: 3 parking spaces, a large L-shaped balcony facing south and west, a terrace adjoining the kitchen, a 15m2 mazot, and a two-level garden. Views of the Rochebrune, Mont Charvin, Jaillet, and Aravis mountains.

Mont d’Arbois
Price: 7,490,000 EUR

Stunning property on the market in Mont d’Arbois.


Living Area: 450 sqm
Plot Area: 1,530 sqm

Layout: 5 bedrooms (including a primary bedroom with an office on the entire 1st floor), 5 bathrooms, and a studio for staff.

Interior amenities: gym, sauna, steam room, massage room, cinema room, ski room, and a garage for 7 vehicles.

Exterior amenities: a first covered terrace with a dining area, a second terrace with a south-facing dining area, a landscaped garden, and a small traditional Alpine chalet (mazot). 180 view on the Aiguilles Croches range, Mont d’Arbois and Rochebrune.

Mont d’Arbois
Price Upon Application

Living Area: 600 sqm
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 7
Plot Area: 1000 sqm

This majestic chalet will be located on the Mont d’Arbois in Megeve, next to both the Mont d’Arbois golf course and the Four Seasons Hotel. The chalet will offer exceptional views of the surrounding mountains and also benefit from being ski-in and ski-out given its proximity to the ski slopes.

Built over 4 floors, this south-facing 6 bedroom chalet will offer approx. 600 sq.m of living space on a total plot size of approx. 1000 sq.m.

The chalet will also benefit from a large fireplace, an expansive terrace and balconies, a hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool, fitness area, massage room, a personal studio, home cinema room, and a ski room.

***This new development is due to be completed by the summer of 2025.

For more details on these or any other property options available, connect with us at Experience The French Riviera.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Ramdam Bar

In various cities worldwide, where numerous LGBTQ+ establishments are shutting down, there's a distinct trend in the French Riviera. Instead of closures, new businesses are not only emerging but thriving.

Ramdam Bar
in Nice stands out as one of these remarkable places. It goes beyond being just a bar; it embraces the concept of a vibrant, well-designed space that not only serves as a local showcase for artists but also attracts talent from across the country.

The venue also serves as a hub for a variety exhibitions, providing a platform for musicians and hosting meetings for various associations to engage in discussions on diverse topics.


Situated near the Port of Nice at 3 rue Lascaris, Ramdam Bar opened its doors in late November 2023, instantly gaining popularity with a diverse crowd.

Beyond the popular themed nights, such as DiscoBoy and Danceteria, Ramdam Bar aims to create an inclusive and entertaining atmosphere that caters to individual preferences. It's a safe space where you can bring your friends, or if you arrive alone, you'll quickly make new acquaintances.

Check the highlighted links for opening days and times.

Come enjoy the fun!

Photos courtesy of Ramdam Bar

Fight AIDS Monaco Cup 2024

Monaco is gearing up to host the fourth edition of the
Fight Aids Cup, merging the worlds of football and philanthropy. The event, set to take place at the Louis II stadium, will showcase football stars uniting for a cause that transcends the boundaries of the game itself. The spirited face-off between the Barbagiuans and Cirque FC promises to be an exciting spectacle.

Guided by Louis Ducruet, the nephew of Prince Albert II and President of the philanthropic fundraising association 'Barbagiuans of Monaco,' the Fight Aids Cup has evolved into more than just a sporting competition. It has become a significant fundraising initiative for HIV/AIDS causes, breaking traditional sports barriers.

Louis Ducruet expressed pride in the event's growth, emphasizing its impact on hearts and lives. The event, serving as a stage for legends and leaders, aligns with the 50th anniversary of the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. It promises an entertaining night where football greats and the Princely Family join forces in a field battle.

Ducruet expressed the desire for this edition to be unforgettable, marking milestones and intensifying the fight against HIV. Princess Stéphanie, the driving force behind Fight Aids Monaco, emphasized that the Cup is more than just a game; it is a spotlight on their ongoing battle, a call to keep pushing forward.

The meticulously planned event includes the players' entrance alongside 'crazy clowns' and a mock kick-off by Prince Albert II and Princess Stéphanie. Renowned players like Robert Pires also contribute, with Pires stating that supporting Fight Aids Monaco aligns perfectly with his values.

Following the game, a gala at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo will sustain the charitable atmosphere. All event earnings, including ticket sales, will benefit Fight Aids Monaco. Princess Stephanie expressed gratitude to her son for this wonderful initiative.

Scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm, with the match kicking off at 6:30 pm on January 22nd at Stade Louis II, tickets for the match are priced at €10 and will be available at AS Monaco or directly at the Stadium.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Gabriel Attal: France’s First Gay Prime Minister


On Tuesday, Gabriel Attal achieved a historic milestone by becoming France's youngest and first openly gay prime minister. President Emmanuel Macron appointed the 34-year-old Education Minister to the position in a strategic move aimed at revitalizing his presidency, as announced by the Elysée in a press statement.

Following days of speculation, Macron accepted the resignation of Elisabeth Borne, 62, on Monday. Borne had served less than two years in office, paving the way for an anticipated cabinet reshuffle designed to inject fresh energy into the remaining three years of Macron's mandate.

Gabriel Attal is now entrusted with the responsibility of forming a new government. The move is considered vital for Macron, a two-time president ineligible for the 2027 elections, as it is seen as a strategic measure to prevent Marine Le Pen from ascending to the presidency.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

France Opens Doors to American Investors


France is attracting US investors through a new bilateral agreement.

In the past few months, Macron's Government has been in the process of initiating growth and employment boost with investor-friendly regulations.

Under the new agreement, US residents can enjoy a simplified application process and obtain a four-year carte de séjour residency card, enhancing accessibility for exploring investment opportunities in France.

Unlike similar programs in other European countries, acquiring property alone does not qualify for a long-stay visa. The eligibility criteria are designed for investors, encompassing those establishing a business, investing in one, or making a financial commitment to the country, without a specific investment threshold.

Starting November 16th, the application procedure for US residents is streamlined through the French online visa portal, specifically under the Talent Passport section.

Additionally, French investors in the US will now benefit from an extended four-year visa, a notable improvement from the previous 25-month option.

Friday, January 5, 2024

New Year, New Adventures


Let’s start 2024 with something slightly different that offers all kinds of possibilities.

Earlier this week, I was asked if I would like to attend a meeting about a commercial business in Nice.

Typically, I don’t deal with businesses for sale unless it has to do with hotels on the market in the French Riviera.

This property I was told may be of some interest to me, given my business history, knowledge of the local LGBTQ history, and its business owners. 

At the meeting, I was told about a property that I was immediately familiar with once I was given the current name. It is situated in a prime area of Nice highly frequented by those on holiday in the city.

It opened as a heterosexual nightclub just before the COVID-19 lockdown hit and struggled after the restrictions were lifted because, in my opinion, it was geared towards a certain genre of clubbers of which there isn’t a large degree in the city.

I noticed in the video and photos that extensive upgrades were made to the property towards every amenity possible which looks amazing, the nightclub just struggled though, again in my opinion, because of the lack of social media connections and the number of clients who would frequent this type of club space.

The agents asked if I knew the business history of the place, as all they knew was that it was a gay club.

Calling it a “gay club” is putting it mildly. The place initially opened in the late 90s as a gay cruising sex club with a full bar and was bought again in 2011, was completely updated and was in operation until about 2017 when the owner retired and closed the club which brought a lot of sadness to the community.

This gay establishment was always a popular place to attend and because of its location, it easily enticed visitors who were in the city so there was always a level of diversity amongst the crowd.

The agents knew that I used to manage bathhouses in North America and asked if I might be interested in buying it to open again. As extremely tempting as it is, I love my business in luxury real estate and I don’t get a day off as it is, so I can’t imagine giving up my nights as well.

But again, very tempted.

Beyond all the current technical and renovation updates to the property. The nightclub owners had sectioned off the wet areas from the nightclub space but kept them well-maintained as it was used as part of a spa service. The wet area includes a large jacuzzi, and Hamman, along with wet and dry saunas. The showers are still operational and all other bathroom facilities.

Above the nightclub where there were some cruising cabins when it was a gay sex club, those rooms have even been updated and they built even more of them, though only used the rooms for storage, also away from the nightclub space.

So basically, the club is almost set to go!

The LGBTQ community continues to grow in Nice with two bars that I will be writing about later this month having also just opened. Feel free to put the word out about this possible new gay space.

Here is my listing below:

Exceptional Investment Opportunity.

An exclusive 350 sqm nightclub nestled in the heart of a sought-after tourist destination in Nice is on the market. This multi-level venue boasts a well-designed floorplan, complete with a stylish bar and state-of-the-art sound system, featuring updated technical amenities.

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of this city, as this property offers versatile possibilities to cater to various lifestyle demographics and niches.

Benefit from the convenience of all necessary permits and licenses, allowing the club to operate until 5 am (rare permit).

It’s an investment with a revenue history that promises both a vibrant entertainment venue and a piece of the city’s rich cultural legacy.

Price: 1,300,000 EUR

Serious inquiries only, please.
More information, photos, videos, etc. available once the application is verified.

Contact Experience The French Riviera.