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