This month’s My Village, Santo Stefano, is a haven for both young and old
When I set off to meet Wiltshire- born Patricia Nistri and her Italian husband Fosco in the Ligurian seaside village of Santo Stefano al Mare, I did so knowing that Trenitalia was on strike.Read more … From flowers to families
A new poll delivers another blow to the French President
A recent poll has shown the majority of French voters believe President Nicolas Sarkozy will lose next year’s election. Moreover, more than half of UMP supporters are not backing the president. The blow follows an embarrassing senate swing to the left recently, and comes just days before the Socialist Party chooses it’s primary candidate.Read more … Voters say Sarkozy will be a one-term president
Feature: Ever summer, millions of people holiday on the Côte d'Azur. Many fall in love with the region and wish that they could stay. But that would be an impossible dream right? Well not necessarily...
I had a strong, strong belief this is what I had to do and a feeling that everything was going to be great. Then the voice of doubt crept in and it was difficult in dark, rainy Denmark to overcome it. But I had the mental tools to do so and I knew that if I didn't make this move then I'd regret it."Read more … The Riviera dream: not just for a sunny holiday but for life
Feature: The region hots up as its celebrated season of sizzling festivals gets underway and music, sweet music, takes sunny days into sultry nights. Relax, kick back, and enjoy...
There's no surer sign that summer has arrived than the start of the festival season. From the Isle of White to Glastonbury, the EXIT festival to Benicassim, Europe is awash with big events that allow you to combine lazing in the sunshine with listening to the best live music.Read more … Rhythm & Soul of summer
Features: May is THE month to star gaze on the Riviera but with the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival not clashing for the first time will a little magic be missing?
Traditionally, May is the month when things on the Riviera really start to hot up, and it's not only the weather that raises the temperature on the ground. At no other time of the year will the shores of the Côte d'Azur be so packed, and its hotels so booked up, with the world's rich and famous.Read more … Three weeks of madness
Features: In this month's 'My Village' the concerts, culture and market fairs of Châteauneuf
Sue Ellis and husband Henry have lived in the commune of Châteauneuf south of Grasse since 1998. “We love the location because it’s so convenient for everything. We have nice neighbours, it’s semi-rural, and there is so much going on.”Read more … Hive of activity yet semi-rural
Features: Why the Riviera is still a dream getaway for holidaymakers
Why do millions of people fall in love with the Côte d'Azur every year? The list is long.Read more … Côte d'Azur, je t'aime
Features: The Côte d'Azur has long been one of Europe's top holiday destinations, but is it still worthy of the high opinion of travellers? Here are its biggest pros and cons
The Riviera: one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. The name alone is the stuff of which dreams are made. For this reason, the Côte d'Azur has fascinated international visitors, VIPs and artists for centuries. But what makes this region so attractive to tourists apart from the climate and the landscape? And what could be improved to make the holiday experience even better? This month, The Riviera Times conducted a survey to find out what people think.Read more … Holiday heavan or hell?
Features: There are toxic fumes filling the region's skies but who would have thought that a little garden bonfire would cause so much trouble
No one in France and Italy has to submit to passive cigarette smoking anymore, but you still cannot avoid breathing in the smoke clouds billowing from your neighbour’s garden... Burning garden waste in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments, as well as in Liguria, is tacitly tolerated.Read more … No smoke without fire
Features: In this month's 'My Village', an English lady on why she loves this unpretentious little gem
I have lived in Gorbio, just below the bridge, for 12 years. I look after dogs - Pension Milou; they live in the house, en famille, I don't have kennels or cages."Read more … No word for stranger in Gorbio