Did you know that we have our very own race course here on the French Riviera? The Hippodrome at Cagnes sur Mer has a lively winter and summer programme and last weekend we were lucky enough to attend a lunch with the American Club of the Riviera.
The Hippodrome at Cagnes sur Mer
We were treated to a wonderful equestrian display and there can’t be many race courses which enjoy a spectacular sea view. Our tables for lunch had a fabulous view over the race course right across to the sparkling Mediterranean.
The event was attended by members of the ‘American Club of the Riviera’ and VIP guests including former Senator Paul Trible, President of Christopher Newport University and Les Brownlee, former Secretary of the US Army. They are looking to establish a student exchange programme with Monaco and their group joined the American Club lunch along with many members and guests.
L to R: Les Brownlee, former Secretary of the US Army; Susan Feater, CEO of the Ryder Cup France 2018; Burton Gintell, President of the American Club of the Riviera; Jackie Pressman; Rosemary Trible, accomplished women’s advocate helping people throughout the world; former Senator Trible, President of Christopher Newport University.
The American Club is just one of several key social and business networking clubs here in the region and has a great programme of events throughout the year. More information about the club, how to join and their programme of events can be found here
Opening the Cannes Film Festival this year will be the long awaited ‘Grace of Monaco’, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly who later became Princess Grace of Monaco.
The opening film is never “in competition” but will always receive masses of press and publicity and much attention for the stars who will arrive on the red carpet on 14th May.
It has been rumoured that the Monegasque royal family have distanced themselves from the film giving rise to speculation about the content of the movie. The circumstances of the death of Princess Grace have always been the source of discussion – she died in 1982 in a road accident when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed. Her daughter Stephanie was with her at the time and survived the crash.
Whatever the film reveals, this will of course be the opening of another glittering Film Festival in Cannes.
If you are visiting Cannes for the event and have still not booked your accommodation then please contact me, I have limited availability in some central Cannes apartments.
With thanks to the Riviera Times:
NEW YORK’S ICON OF FREEDOM IN NICE
A replica of America’s most famous monument, the Statue of Liberty, is to be installed along Nice’s sea front. The unveiling is expected to take place this coming weekend and will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1 (1914-1918).
The Statue of Liberty in New York welcomes people arriving from abroad
Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, made the announcement on Thursday 23rd January, although the unveiling depends upon the weather, says the Ville de Nice. Quite fittingly, the replica of the Statue of Liberty in New York will take pride of place along the Quai des États-Unis – quay USA - at the foot of the Château.
Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the exact look and size of the statue is being kept secret until the official unveiling. The replica will obviously be a lot smaller than the original statue in New York, but it is said to be higher than the one standing in Paris at 11.5 metres high. It remains a mystery as to why the statue has been kept a secret until now, as it was acquired by the city two years ago.
The original Statue of Liberty in New York was a gift to the United States by the people of France. Many cities around the world already have replicas of the monument such as Las Vegas, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.
The statue is an icon of freedom in the United States and a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad. Perhaps if large enough, the new replica will be seen by visitors arriving at Nice airport?
Next weekend the first big ‘Cannes Congress’ of the season will be in town – MIDEM is all about the music industry and alongside all the exhibitions, meetings and networking there is always an amazing display of new talent at the MIDEM festival.
The festival runs for 4 days alongside the main MIDEM event and there are midday and evening concerts across several stages. For the 2014 event there are musicians from every corner of the globe and there will be ’40 gigs over 4 days’ including an evening of film music with the Cannes Orchestra.
Places are free for Cannes residents.
Just another example of what a great year-round city Cannes is and why buying a property here will give you excellent return on your initial investment. MIDEM is just the start of the Cannes calendar where you can rent a central Cannes property for the conventions – and then there are tourism rentals to be had….
Contact Jackie Pressman today and start making your Cannes property investment work for you.
About an hour and a half out of Toulon you’ll find the small town of Aups in the Gorge du Verdon, also known as the Grand Canyon du Verdon. It’s a picture-perfect town of sun-baked stone and clay tile roofs. Very Provence. Best of all, if you love black truffles (and I do), this excursion is a must. The town is famous for its black-truffle market, which takes place every Thursday morning from November to February. There’s also a truffle festival in January which I’ve attended many times.
Fete de la Truffe – Aups – The pigs make some of the best truffle hunters and this one displays her skills each year.
I caution you, however: the market is more like an auction. The value of the truffles, set by brokers, varies according to the quality and abundance of the truffles on offer. You’ve got to be sharp at your game here!
The market is frequented by chefs, restaurateurs and just those, like me, who love the amazing taste of truffle. And for me, don’t over complicate the flavour, a simple pan of scrambled eggs with the truffle grated liberally over the top is a delicious treat.
So it’s back to Cannes for me to cook up a treat.
As the only woman who has ever won the coveted top award at the Cannes Film Festival – the Palme d’Or – Jane Campion is uniquely qualified to head the jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
She has long expressed her fondness for Cannes and first entered the competition in 1986 with her series of short films. She was awarded the top prize in 1993 for her film ‘The Piano’.
Campion follows in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg and Robert De Niro who have recently headed up the jury in Cannes.
This year the Cannes Film Festival runs from Wednesday 14th – Sunday 25th May and is the most glittering of occasions in the Cannes calendar. The red carpet will be rolled out, the champagne uncorked and the hotel suites and glamorous villas teaming with celebrities. But what for us mere mortals who need to visit the festival in order to conduct business? How about a more reasonably priced Cannes apartment never more than 10 minutes short walk from the heart of the action at the Palais des Festivals on the famous Croisette. At French Riviera Property Search we have a selection of Cannes apartments to rent – ideal for guests visiting Cannes for the film festival or one of the other key corporate events such as MIPCOM or MIPTV.
Contact us today and we will see you on the red carpet. Jackie@FrenchRivieraPropertySearch.com
Today we hear that Archeologists digging in the south-west of England have found traces of frogs legs dating back to 7500BC!
Frogs legs are indisputably French, right? Perhaps not, say scientists at an archaeological dig in Wiltshire where they have unearthed evidence that the early Britons were eating the quintessentially French delicacy thousands of years before their Gallic counterparts.
Could the British have beat the French to their world famous dish?
A team of Mesolithic experts have been running an investigation into the land around the town of Amesbury, a mile away from Stonehenge, which is provisioned to continue throughout October. While the scientists knew they were digging in an archaeologically rich terrain, leader David Jacques told the British press that frogs legs were the last thing they expected to uncover.
“There were really rich food resources for people and they were eating everything that moved,” said Jacques, “but we weren’t expecting frogs’ legs as a starter.”
A plethora of animal remains have been retrieved from the site already, with salmon, wild boar, deer, auroch and cow all on the menu for the early residents of south west England some 10 millennia ago.
“Before it was simple,” writes Le Point, “the English were roastbeefs and we were the frogs.” but according to records, frogs legs didn’t make their way on to French plates until the 12th century, when their use in cooking was first noted down by the Catholic Church.
December in the South of France and we seem to have been busy with nominations and awards, particularly for me – what a wonderful start to the festive season.
Woman of the Month – I am delighted to be the Riviera Woman of the Month for December. Anna Fill, the Editor of this wonderful website interviewed me and managed to send me a desert island and find out what makes me smile. You can read more of the interview here
Finalist – Riviera Business Person of the Year – I was delighted to have been nominated for the Riviera Business Club, Business Person of the Year 2013. As a finalist I was asked to prepare a presentation concentrating on my business goals, vision and strategy. It really focused my mind on what I need to be doing to ensure that I continue to deliver a unique and free service to my clients buying property here on the French Riviera. Sometimes we are so close to our business that we don’t have the time to step back and take a look at the bigger picture and see where we can make changes to add that extra ‘something’ for our clients. The company that finally won the award, a local villa rental company, really deserved the prize as they are expanding rapidly.
It’s now mid December and the round of Christmas parties and networking is in full swing. I am always so pleased to be recognised by the International business community here and look forward to seeing many of you at these Christmas events.