LIFE ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA THROUGH THE CAMERA LENS

Dernier article en date pour Riviera Buzz. (Latest article to date for Riviera Buzz)

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The Riviera Camera Club is holding an exhibition of the works of its members throughout the holiday season in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Their names are Lorraine, Linda, Rositsa, Kate, Lisa, Gira and Kathryn. They came to the French Riviera for their studies, a job opportunity or sometimes just by accident and they fell in love with the region for its gentle year-round climate, its Mediterranean location or its vibrant colours. But no matter what their initial reasons were for choosing the south of France, the seven members of the Riviera Camera Club now get to share their unique vision of their adoptive home with everyone, locals and expats alike, during a photo exhibit that is being held at the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer this holiday season.

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For the last few years, under the guidance of their teacher, Rebecca Marshall, those amateur photographers have wandered through the region with camera in hand, in search of the perfect photo opportunity. As one of them,Lorraine Davidson, puts it: “the light here makes our surroundings look different from one day to the next. I completely understand why people are drawn to this part of the world.

And from little villages and vineyards to lavender fields and national parks, they have captured little moments from their every day life on the coast and put into images their own perception of the Côte d’Azur.

The exhibition Mediterranean Moments : Pespectives on the French Riviera is being held every day until the 4th of January. If you cannot make it to Villefranche-sur-Mer, you can always check the images online.

If you would like to become a member of the Riviera Camera Club, you can contact Rebecca Marshall via herwebsite. You can also get information on upcoming classes here, as well as the opportunity to view samples of her work as a professional photographer for The New York Times and Der Spiegel, among many other outlets.

CONTACT DETAILS
Hotel Welcome
3, quai de l’Admiral Courbet
06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer

All images courtesy Riviera Camera Club; lead image All About Jack © Lisa Peck;

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GETTING A HEADSTART ON THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES IN COLMAR

Article sur mon week-end à Colmar pour Riviera Buzz (Article about my weekend in Comar for Riviera Buzz).

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The famous Christkindelsmärik in Strasbourg, dating back to 1570, is the oldest Christmas market in France – but we have found a worthy alternative!

Christkindelsmärikis won the title of ‘Best Christmas Market in Europe’ last year, and is a hugely popular attraction. But less than an hour away, another Alsatian city, Colmar, also goes all out in the lead-up to Christmas, providing a less crowded, but definitely as festive and maybe even more colourful, alternative to the region’s capital.

With its many fountains, cobbled squares, ancient churches and half-timbered medieval and Renaissance houses painted in various hues, the charming city of Colmar turns its historic centre into a winter wonderland to celebrate the spirit of Christmas each year. All the buildings are decorated with lights and festive ornaments, and there are five seperate markets spread over five different locations, each focusing on different products and crafts, giving visitors the perfect excuse to wander through the streets to the sound of Christmas carols and jingling bells.

On Place des Dominicains, the stained glass windows of the 14th century Dominican church, which dominates the 65 stalls, creates a peaceful atmosphere, while on Place de l’Ancienne Douane, some 40 chalets surround a fountain adorned by a statute by the city’s most famous son, French sculptor August Bartholdi, who also designed the Statute of Liberty.

Over on Place Jeanne d’Arc, the market celebrates Alsatian food with a large array of local products that range from mulled wines and brandy to bredels and Pain d’épices, while the one set up in between the canals of the “Petite Venise” is a paradise for children, offering a wooden horse merry-go-round, an animated Nativity scene and 44 stalls crammed with toys, stuffed animals and gingerbread.

Finally, the covered market of the Koifhus, located in the 15th-century Customs House, specializes in art objects and antiques (furnitures, jewels, second-hand books…).

Every year, the city really gets into the Christmas spirit and if you want to experience the magic of the season for yourself, it is very easy to do so. Colmar is on the main railway from Strasbourg to Mulhouse and Basel (Switzerland). Air France offers daily flights to Strasbourg from Nice and EasyJet flies Nice – Basel every day except Wednesday.