Arts History and Museums :
I am specially found of Art History and museums. The French Riviera hosts many museums dedicated to the major artists of the Modern Art: Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard, the Maeght Foundation. I also like museums like Villa Rothschild or Villa Massena in Nice where I can admire furniture and collections of works of art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
As a tour guide, I am found of architecture. I like the lines, the volumes and the atmosphere of the buildings….The roman stones, the medieval fortresses, the Baroque Churches, the eclectic architecture of the Belle Epoque, the lines of the Art deco buildings…they all speak to me. I also like to discover these brand new buildings created by major architects like Norman Foster or Rudy Ruccioti….
Fashion and Jewelry :
Paris and the French Riviera are heaven for shoppers. I can lead you to the French and Italian fashion designer shops on the Croisette boulevard in Cannes or in Monte Carlo…You may prefer to go shopping in smaller streets in cities or villages where artists create their own collections of clothes, bags and jewels!
Wine and Gastronomy :
Gastronomy starts in market places in the old Nice, in Cannes or in Antibes. It is a delight for my senses. I also like to taste the specialties from Nice: salade niçoise, stuffed vegetables, socca, pissaladière... The Mediterranean influences are in every plate in Michelin starred restaurants or in restaurants and brasseries located in the old cities, in villages or along the beaches…I also like to meet wine producers to taste our local wines! Red, rosé, white….they all reflect the sunny Riviera.
Gardens and Botanic :
Thanks to a mild climate, the French Riviera hosts a wide range of gardens, most of them created by British aristocrats during the Belle Epoque. Exotic plants and local species mix themselves to create a new Garden of Eden. Rose gardens, Japanese gardens , exotic gardens….difficult to choose!
History, Historical Sites and Monuments :
National Heritage Monuments are everywhere on the French Riviera : roman monuments (trophy of the Alps, Cemenelum), medieval castles and villages (Roquebrune, Cagnes…), palaces and fortresses from the XVII and XVIIIth centuries (Mont Boron fortress, palais Lascaris…), hotels and residences built when the French Riviera became attractive as a winter destination. The history of this area is not exactly French: the Italian influences of the House of Savoy dominated the County of Nice while the Grimaldis ruled Monaco….
I am passionate by this unusual history (and unexpected!) for a French area!
Traditions and Local History :
Historically, the French Riviera is composed by 3 different entities: The principality of Monaco, the County of Nice and the County of Provence. Although the roots are close to each other, each place shows different identities, different traditions and different histories…
Vintage Furniture and Flea Market :
On Mondays, flea markets are held in Nice or in Cannes. You may also have a look to the hundreds different Antiques shops located by the port of Nice area!
Modern Art :
Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Chagall, Bonnard, Cocteau, Léger….they all stayed and lived on the French Riviera. We can visit either museums, houses or chapels decorated by these masters of Modern Art! I like to follow their steps and imagine their friendship…or rivalry?! I also like to see contemporary works of art in gallery and museums, the French Riviera becoming a high place for living artists…
Off the Beaten Tracks Local Sites :
The French Riviera is not only about beaches lined up by palm trees. Few minutes-drive from the shores and I can show you the treasures of our perched villages along the former salt roads. Less known than the seaside resorts but as interesting as them because they are also part of our history and our identity…each village hides a chapel, a major altarpiece, narrow and cobblestones streets…
Religion, Religious Monuments :
Roman Catholic Churches, monasteries, sanctuaries, chapels and oratories are nestled in valleys, on hilltops or in islands…They host pilgrimages and festivities all year round…
With 135 different nationalities, our district also testifies the faith of its cosmopolitan inhabitants: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, Lutheran churches but also Greek and Russian orthodox churches without forgetting the synagogues, the pagoda and the Missiri mosque of Frejus! What I like in these places is to understand the religions, to experience the atmospheres and to admire the architecture!
Arts History and Museums
Fashion and Jewelry
Wine and Gastronomy
Gardens and Botanic
History, Historical Sites and Monuments
Traditions and Local History
Vintage Furniture and Flea Market
Off the Beaten Tracks Local Sites
Religion, Religous Monuments