Friday, February 23, 2024

Two New Train Lines Between Italy and the South of France

Two forthcoming railway connections between Italy and southern France are currently underway: one linking Milan to Nice via Monaco, and another traversing the Mercantour mountains to Turin. Here are the preliminary details available:

The once-popular Thello train route, connecting southern France to Milan, met an unfortunate demise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are plans to revive this service, with Trenitalia showing eagerness to collaborate with France’s SNCF network.

By summer, it is anticipated that daily journeys between Milan and Marseille will resume. While specific stops along the route have yet to be finalized, both Nice and Monaco will probably be included, along with Ventimiglia.

Additionally, a picturesque route from Nice to Turin via Breil-sur-Roya is in development and could commence operations by the summer of 2025. This service aims to emulate the Ferroviaire del Bernina express line, renowned for its panoramic carriages offering breathtaking views of the Alps, running from St. Moritz in Switzerland to Tirano in Northern Italy.

The reopening of the Milan connection and the introduction of the new mountain route are endeavors that Italy, Monaco, and France are eager to support. Recognizing the mutual benefits of cross-border tourism, a meeting was convened in the Ligurian town of Imperia earlier this month to establish an alliance.

"Individually, we may not possess the necessary resources to sustain these rail lines," remarked Christian Estrosi, longstanding Mayor of Nice, during a press briefing. "However, by pooling our resources, we can better finance these projects and adhere to precise timelines."

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Big Win for Monaco!


Monaco maintains its esteemed reputation as an extraordinary destination, securing the second position for the best place to visit in Europe in 2024, as per Best Destinations in Europe.

Over one million individuals from 172 nations participated in the voting for their preferred destinations on Best Destinations in Europe, an independent travel platform renowned for tracking travel trends since 2009.

As stated on the website, "Monaco offers a truly unique experience, unparalleled elsewhere. The Principality of Monaco stands out as an incomparable destination." This echoes the current slogan of the
Monaco Tourism Board.

Marbella, Spain, clinched the top spot, leaving Monaco in second place. Following closely is Malta in third, Geneva, Switzerland, and Batumi, Adjara Region, Georgia, completing the top five.

These selections are based on criteria such as quality of life, sustainable development, year-round cultural offerings, increasing popularity on social media platforms, and international recognition for initiatives like smart tourism and the European Union Green Capital.

The top 20 destinations will receive promotion throughout the year and have earned the prestigious title of 'European Best Destination 2024'.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Provenciaga in Nice


Provenciaga, situated at 10 Avenue Félix Faure, stands as a culinary gem in Nice, beckoning both locals and visitors to indulge in its gastronomic delights. Just steps away from the captivating Mediterranean Sea and the historic Place Masséna, this charming establishment harmoniously blends the region's rich flavors with contemporary twists, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Provenciaga, patrons can anticipate a tantalizing array of dishes that honor the culinary traditions of the Côte d'Azur. However, the owners' adventurous spirit extends beyond tradition, as they fearlessly experiment with innovative cuisine and cocktail concoctions, offering a diverse selection to cater to every palate.


Adding a unique twist, Provenciaga hosts a variety of entertainment events. From lively karaoke sessions to spirited games of gay bingo and captivating cabaret-style drag shows, there's never a dull moment at this vibrant eatery.

With its inclusive atmosphere, Provenciaga proudly embraces its LGBTQ-friendly status, welcoming guests for business lunches, post-work cocktails, intimate dinners, and lively gatherings with friends and family. 

Whether seeking a culinary adventure or an evening of entertainment, Provenciaga promises an experience filled with warmth, flavor, and camaraderie.

Photos courtesy of Provenciaga

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Blitz Bar in Nice


The latest addition to Vieux Nice has injected a new level of excitement into the scene with the unveiling of Blitz Bar, a vibrant LGBTQ+ venue that burst onto the scene in late 2023 to overwhelming acclaim.


Already proving to be one of the best venues to hang out. Stepping into Blitz Bar transports you into a musical journey through the irresistible beats of the retro 80s, 90s, and 2000s, seamlessly blended with the freshest sounds of today. Whether you're a fan of nostalgic tunes or crave the latest hits, Blitz Bar promises an unforgettable music experience.


Sip on a delicious selection of cocktails and take advantage of weekly drink specials while soaking in the welcoming atmosphere. With a no-attitude policy, Blitz Bar attracts a diverse crowd, making it the perfect spot to unwind with friends after work or kick off your evening before hitting the nightclubs, although to be honest, Blitz Bar seems to offer all of that and more, making it your ideal go-to spot with friends while easily meeting new people.

Whatever you're seeking for a night out, Blitz Bar in Nice aims to deliver it all.

Photos courtesy of Blitz Bar

Monday, February 5, 2024

French Riviera Real Estate Options Nineteen

Basking in over 300 days of sunshine annually, Cannes stands as a glamorous and idyllic city on the French Riviera. Celebrated for its international film festival, rich history, opulent lifestyle, and captivating Mediterranean coastline, Cannes has emerged as a coveted destination for both tourists and property investors.

One of the key draws for real estate investment in this region, particularly in Cannes, lies in the potential revenue generated by renting out properties. These accommodations cater not only to vacationers but also to attendees of year-round conferences that attract individuals and corporations from around the globe.

The real estate market in Cannes has proven resilient over time, showcasing the potential for appreciation. The city's global popularity has enhanced the allure of property investments.

Cannes prides itself on its LGBTQ+ friendliness and offers an array of local amenities to fulfill diverse preferences. Whether seeking a lucrative revenue rental property or a unique pied-à-terre on the Cote d’Azur, Cannes is the perfect choice.

Below is a small example of the properties available for those looking to step into the real estate market in Cannes.

635,000 EUR

Living Area: 77.7m2
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

Nestled in the heart of Cannes, this delightful 4-room apartment spanning 77.7 sqm is conveniently located just a 3-4 minute stroll from the beaches and the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.

Comprising 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, and 2 toilets, the property boasts an inviting living space with a lounge and dining area that opens onto a balcony, as well as a second balcony on the south side of the apartment.

Completing the package is a cellar in the basement of the residence, and with the added convenience of being only 3 minutes away from the Cannes train station, this apartment is perfect for either a second home or a primary residence.

975,000 EUR

Living Area: 81.82 m2
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

Spanning 81.82 m2, this magnificent dwelling is located on Rue d’Antibes in Cannes, housed within a beautifully restored bourgeois building equipped with an elevator.

Recently refurbished, the apartment encompasses an entrance, a generous living room, a dining area, an open kitchen, a guest toilet, a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and an additional bedroom with an attached shower room.

Distinguishing characteristics of this residence include an impressive ceiling height of nearly 4 meters and a charming balcony that offers picturesque views of Rue d’Antibes.

1,680,000 EUR

Living Area: 60 m2
Terrace: 10 m2
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

Situated on the topmost floor, the 7th, of an esteemed residence along the Croisette in Cannes, this delightful 3-room apartment spanning 60 m2 offers a panoramic vista of the Grand Hotel's gardens and the Mediterranean Sea.

Comprising a stylish living room with an open, well-appointed kitchen, the property also features 2 bedrooms with attached shower rooms. The allure extends to a charming 10m2 terrace facing southeast.

Meticulously renovated with timeless decor, the apartment includes the added conveniences of a designated car parking space and a cellar.

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