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!!
Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search says “living here is wonderful – so join us and let me help you choose your home – whether it be for permanent living, vacations, or investment for rentals until you’re ready to use full-time”.
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.
So contact me, Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search, and come and join in the life on the French Riviera.
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.
Contact me, Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search, to find you a wonderful property of your dreams, and you could be here too to celebrate the wonderful forthcoming season.