Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pink Parade 2018!

As with every year in various parts of France, Pride is held at different times of the summer. This year, the Pink Parade in Nice takes place on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Like the charms of France itself, what seems to make each of these Pride celebrations special is that they are community driven. The city of Nice for the Pink Parade is the central location for the weekend of events with those coming from as far away as Saint Tropez, Marseille, Paris and many other locations and countries.
Although it is not sponsored by big corporations like one might experience in other major centers around the world, the heart of the community can be seen in the joys on the faces of the thousands that attend every year.
Everyone this year will gather at the Square Head - Tête Carrée (pont Barla/St Jean-Baptiste) and between Rue Defly at 16H30 with the march starting at 17H. Basically just look for the crowds.

In Nice for the Pink Parade, everyone is welcome to join the short procession as one. Expect to see people of every age and gender with lots of colorful attire, music and smiles; it is simply one of the best atmospheres to be around.  

Shortly afterwards, at 19H there will be a free (and secure) ‘Pink Drink’ outdoor dance party at the MAMAC until midnight with various local DJ’s followed by an evening of entertainment and special events at all the various associations, bars, restaurants and nightclubs throughout the city.
A big thank you needs to go out to all the organizers who year after year still have to push for this important occasion to go forward, as in this day and age there is plenty of basic rights violations including assaults, discrimination, etc., all on a daily basis around the world.


And remember, beyond our differences there are our values. Freedom Equality Fraternity…It is not negotiable.
#etrelibrede

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Monaco Red Cross Gala 2018

Something that everyone always looks forward to in the summer is one of the Principality of Monaco’s major summer events, the 69th edition of the Monaco Red Cross Gala.
This year it will take place on Friday, July 28 in the famous Salle des Etoiles concert hall of the Sporting Monte-Carlo. 
Members of the Royal family including, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the Monaco Red Cross, and HSH Princess Charlene and other royal members will come together with around 650 elite guests who will be attending this gala ball for a great cause.
This particular Gala Ball has been focusing on Solidarity since 10th August 1948. This very glamorous gala will be attended by many celebrities, artists, sportsmen and women, politicians and business leaders giving their support to the initiatives carried out by the Monaco Red Cross throughout the year.
And this year, the special guest performer will be Seal, the British soul and dance music legend, will be performing live.

For ticket details, please check websites: www.croix-rouge.mc or www.montecarlosbm.com

If you require accommodation or private car service within Monaco or the surrounding area, please do not hesitate to contact us: Info@experiencethefrenchriviera.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Antibes Free Walking Tours!

If you are visiting the Cote d’Azur this summer for your holidays or are a local, one of the things that is not to be missed is the Antibes Free Walking Tours.

Early in May 2018, the owner, Cedric Pages, an IT Professional (systems and network engineer), missed interacting with people on a daily basis so the new father quit his 9-5 job and went with his passion and developed the Antibes Free Walking Tours.
It’s easy to see why the walking tours have been a big hit from the start, Cedric’s love and knowledge of Antibes fully shines through. Even if you have been through the seaside town a million times, on this tour you will be taken to various locations such as the Free Commune of Safranier, a sort of village-within-a-village, determined to safeguard its history and told interesting tidbits along the way that are quite remarkable.
If you are a history buff, this is the tour for you; here you will learn how Antibes became a port town during the Roman times.
And with the turbulence of the Middle Ages, how Antibes found itself on the border of France and Savoy. This vulnerability prompted fortifications to be constructed in the 16th centuries, later for the most part dismantled, and how the redevelopment occurred afterwards with many amusing aspects mentioned throughout the tour.
The Antibes Free Walking Tours are not rushed or overloaded with material, this is certainly Cedric’s calling as he gives you and the group just enough information to let it all sink in and be discussed while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings he is pointing out.
On this tour you will be taken on a fun adventure through the quaint, historical old town of Antibes to show you all the hidden gems of this incredible place. Not only will you discover places that you wouldn't have found by yourself but you'll also hear some fun facts and interesting stories on celebrities that have visited the area, the yachts that are in and around the port and much more.
Keep up with the Antibes Free Walking Tours by liking the Facebook page and be sure to bring all your friends along on your next visit to the area.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sparkle! Sparkle!

I love supporting new business ventures in the French Riviera, especially if they are so well suited to the lifestyle of the region.

If there is anything the world needs now its sparkle and thankfully, Corin, the owner of Sparkling Van is here to help!
Articulate, inspiring and motivated. Corin comes from a long and in-depth history in the hospitality industry and in speaking to him seaside in Villefranche-sur-Mer about his business, the Sparkling Van, one can’t help but feel energized with just how smart and positive he is with a high level of passionate in his work, just what is required by an entrepreneur these days.
The concept for the Sparkling Van did not happen overnight. He had the idea in mind, sketched out the design, found an automobile shop that could at least start to customize his plan but when it came down to it, as many discover with a personal project, it’s best to take care of the details yourself.
With that, after a number of months fine tuning, the Sparkling Van was ready to hit the streets!
Launched in early 2018, the Sparkling Van is a unique pop up traveling bar with sparkling wine on tap that is made from the same grapes that are used to create Prosecco. But that’s not all, with Corin’s extensive bartending background; any other cocktail drinks are made available at your request along with any number of his own fine blends.
What one will find the most impressive is the level of detailed care and knowledge when it comes to the Sparkling Van in how the clients are treated; right away you are acknowledged and immediately taken care of with your preference in drink tastes. You are left feeling special and remembered for the next time you are around, something in the hospitality world you rarely feel anymore. And who wouldn’t instantly fall in love with the vintage touches both on and around the Sparkling Van?  
It certainly didn’t take long for those of us in the French Riviera to notice the Sparkling Van zipping around the region to set up at various events, both at garden parties and seaside or even at corporate functions to liven things up and having this totally unique van has helped make many local weddings even more memorable…drinks can even be designed specifically to the request of the bride and groom...or groom and groom...bride and bride.
The next time you are having an event, you must consider the Sparkling Van, your guests will thank you for that and as one of the taglines for the Sparkling Van states…This Van runs on Love, Laughter & Sparkles! So let’s Sparkle together!!
Connect with Corin and his Sparkling Van team for any of your upcoming events!