Just after the hottest October since records began, the Riviera had its wettest November on record. According to Météo France, the city of Nice received half of November’s average rainfall in just two hours at the beginning of the month!
The heavy rainfall, strong winds and thunderstorms have affected various roads in the Alpes Maritimes and Var departments. Nice saw flooding on the Promenade des Anglais and in Place Masséna, and the entrance to the A8 in western Nice was also heavily flooded. In Cannes the coast road was closed for 2 days as the strong waves washed over the road depositing sand and sea water – and damaging some of the beach restaurants.
But what beautiful weather now, in December. Clear bright sunshine and glistening sea and the amazing sunsets – red in the winter and a sight to behold!
winter sunset reflected on the Mediterranean sea
I often tell visitors: Yes, we do get rain – but 2 days of rain is followed by a month of beautiful weather and blue skies. In other European Northern countries, 2 days of rain is followed by a month of rain and grey skies!!
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We went to the English language theatre 4 times recently:
1. Peer Gynt – at the National Theatre of Nice – a very professional performance and directed by Irina Brook (daughter of Peter Brook). The team had just performed this play at the Barbican theatre in London. We noticed that the entire large theatre in Nice was totally full so obviously the local French loved this too (and spoke English!)
2. Dial M for Murder – in Valbonne by SET (South of France English Theatre). A very fine performance by the actress and actors from the UK and enjoyed by all.
3. The Return of the Ghost Train – in Mougins. Also a very accomplished and enjoyable performance by the Riviera Amateur Dramatic Association – and a full house.
4. Sylvia Syms in Cap d’Antibes. This highly accomplished English actress spoke about her life and acting career in films and TV for over half-a-century and showed several filmed examples. She is now approaching 80 and has a fabulous sense of humour. Perhaps you remember her as the Queen Mother in Stephen Frear’s “The Queen” with Helen Mirren. She has played against many well-known leading men and women in her long career and we thoroughly enjoyed the film extracts she showed. We were reminded that she has played Margaret Thatcher several times on stage and screen. We also loved her recent appearance in the TV film “Timeless” with supermodel Cara Delevingne for Sky Arts.
One of the benefits of being here on the Cote d’Azure is that one gets to speak to the actors and director after the performance.
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There are Christmas villages all across the Cote d’Azur and it is truly a wonderful time for old and young – and everyone inbetween.
As we live in Cannes, we are looking forward to the happenings here – the Cannes Christmas village opened this weekend, with stands of all Provence goodies and, of course, mulled wine. Plenty of attractions for children too.
And we are looking forward to being in Cannes for the New Year: There is a fantastic firework display in the bay opposite the Croisette. To welcome in the New Year Cannes will be hosting one of the most impressive firework displays on the Riviera. The spectacle has been created by Fabrice Chouillier who is one of the most renowned pyrotechnic designers and this display is sure to live long in the memory of onlookers. We are looking forward to it.
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Did you know that the end of September is racing time on the Riviera coast and the boats are magnificent. The racing starts at one end of the Cote d’Azur in Monaco where they race class by class in the bays. Then they move down to Cannes and this photo was taken in the bay outside our Cannes apartment.
Racing in the bay of Cannes
The racing continues each day, all week, in their different categories. They race in 3 different size categories and the bay is filled with sails. They all leave together at the end of the week and sail majestically down to St. Tropez where they race again for a week.
Leaving for St. Tropez
This racing is called the ROYAL REGATTA – one of the most interesting and fascinating occasions of the year. These amazing sailing crafts are often over 100 years old and mastered by large crews – they are the largest of them all and race in their own class with others of the same size.
Each night the boats are moored in the harbour where there is a temporary village set up for them with several shops selling sailing clothes and other gear. It is wonderful to visit the sailing boats in the evening before the sun goes down and whilst they are being cleaned by their crew after a day’s racing. Quite amusing to see all the brass-polishing going on!
By the way, these wonderful sailing boats in the Royal Regatta follow the annual Cannes boat show where the new and second-hand yachts are all for sale. None of the sailing boats in the Royal Regatta are for sale of course – they race each other for the prestige of winning and then off to another location.
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‘Magic in the Moonlight’ is the latest offering by one of New York’s favourite directors, Woody Allen, and it was filmed in the summer of 2013 in Nice, Mouans Sartoux and Cap d’Antibes. The film stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone and is set for release in France on 22nd October.
A scene from the trailer from Woody Allen’s new film “Magic in the Moonlight”
In a similar vein to his recent film Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen has chosen to return to 1920s France with Magic in the Moonlight. The film revolves around a cynical illusionist, played by Colin Firth, and a clairvoyant (Emma Stone) who he is determined to prove is a fraud. According to Nice Matin, director Woody Allen fell in love with the Côte d’Azur when he first visited, and it is against a summer Riviera backdrop that the story of his latest film unfolds.
The Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA) invested €200,000 in the production out of a total budget of €13.5 million as the film will showcase the region to filmgoers around the world. Christine Mirauchaux, vice president of the Regional Council for Culture, said that the region is “extremely proud of the collaboration.”
The film was released in the US during the month of July and in the UK on 19th September. Reviews of Magic in the Moonlight have been generally positive with the Independent commenting “in its own breezy way, the film is perfectly enjoyable.”