FROM ONE RIVIERA TO ANOTHER – WELCOME TO DUBROVNIK

Petit article sur mon récent voyage à Dubrovnik pour Riviera Buzz. Little article about my recent trip to Dubrovnik for Riviera buzz.

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Whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not, the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik is a great place to visit and experience any time of year.

While wandering through the quaint medieval streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, it is hard to imagine that from 1991 to 1992 it was under a devastating siege by the Yugoslav army with 80% of the town being almost destroyed. Thanks to a major UNESCO-coordinated restoration program, the Pearl of the Adriatic as George Bernard Shaw called it, is now miraculously back to its former glory and has even recently become the setting of the fictional King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms realm, in the highly popular TV series Game of Thrones.

No need however to be a fan of the HBO hit production to be enchanted by this stunning city that became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A simple glance at its Renaissance fountains, baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, marble-paved squares or narrow cobblestone streets is enough to make you fall under its spell. As Shaw himself said “…Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.”

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Probably one of the best way to appreciate the beauty of the city is to walk its sturdy stone walls, built between the 11th and 17th centuries, which surround the historic centre. And after that, if you still do no have your fill ofbreathtaking views, you can take the cable car up to Mount Srd, the mountain that looms over the city.

Dubrovnik is much more than just a magnificent place, it is also a vibrant and bustling city, a perfect place to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and its joyous art-de-vivre. While walking along Stradum, the main street, or exploring the little alleys, you will find lots of little stores, wine shops and restaurants, where you will find nice hand-made jewelry, taste some distilled-products from the Dalmatian region or enjoy seafood, cured hams or truffles.

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While the city is a year-round destination, its clear blue sea, pristine beaches and quaint islands make it the ideal destination for the summer months. The only downside is that it can get extremely busy with the scores of tourists literally flooding the streets of the Old Town.

Croatia Airlines offers direct flights from Nice to Dubrovnik until the 2nd of November, 2015.

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CATCH THE AVENER AT LES PLAGES ÉLECTRONIQUES IN CANNES THIS AUGUST

Riviera Buzz vous dit tout sur The Avener et Les Plages Électroniques de Cannes. Riviera Buzz tells you all about The Avener and Cannes’s Plages Électroniques.

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New French musical sensation The Avener plays the beaches of Cannes this August — roll on les Plages Électroniques of summer!

With its mix of electronic music and beach atmosphere, les Plages Électroniques in Cannes has become one of the Summer’s hottest festivals. And with the most-talked about DJ of the moment, The Avener, confirmed for the 2015 edition, it definitely promises to be as wild as ever.

Regarded by many as the new French touch phenomenon, the young Niçois, whose real name is Tristan Casara, conquered the world at the end of 2013 with his rework of Phoebe Kildeer’s “Fade Out Lines”, an electronic indie melody which topped the charts in more than 17 countries. Following on from the phenomenal success of this first single, the 28 year old released his first album earlier this year, The Wanderings of The Avener, a 12 track opus that is steadily gathering momentum.

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As Casara himself describes his music, “it’s blues with jazz, folk and funk influences, and electronic instruments. It has feelings, emotion and nostalgia, but a lot of energy too.” The French producer/ DJ is however much more than just a remixer, he is a music reworker. He selects relatively unknown tracks and adds new beats, creating a final product with a more modern feel, but still in keeping with the spirit of the original.

The Avener likes to break down the barriers between all musical genres and styles and has managed to combine his earlier love of piano with his eclectic electronic influences to create an uplifting style of house music that you can really dance to.

He won’t be alone in Cannes this summer, though. Other world famous DJs, including the Martinez Brothers, Tales of Us and Loco Dice are also expected to electrify the warm Cannes nights.

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Les Plages Électroniques will take place on the beach of the Palais des Festivals on Friday 17th of July, Saturday, Saturday 8th of August and Sunday 9th of August. Tickets cost from €16,80 to €21,80 and can be bought online or from all usual outlets.

CONTACT DETAILS
Les Plages Électroniques
Plage du Palais des Festivals
Promenade Robert Favre le Bret
06400 Cannes

Lead image via The Avener website

GOURMET BAG AIMS TO MAKE FOOD WASTE A THING OF THE PAST

Les doggy bags arrivent en France…Et c’est dans Riviera Buzz! The doggy bags are coming to France…And it is in Riviera Buzz!

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Are things really starting to change with the introduction of the doggy bag in restaurants in France? Waste not, want not, is what we say!

Who said the French were reluctant to accept change? After years of snubbing the practice of bringing leftover food home from restaurants as too American a thing, they now finally seem ready to adopt the concept of the doggy bag. And not before time!

To be fair though, the French do not think of food in the same way as the rest of the world might. For starters, they generally dine out less than in other countries, often preferring a homemade meal. So when the French actually do dine out, they want to enjoy the experience and take the time to relish it.

Dining out is no different than anywhere else, but portions in France remain moderate and adequate. And even if carrying half-empty bottles of wine around is considered normal behaviour, not finishing one’s meal is still considered rude; even the sauce accompanying a dish has to be carefully mopped up and savoured with some bread.

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Now that the government has charged restaurants with tackling food waste, the oh-so-American doggy bag no longer seems like such a bad idea. So much so, that two French entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity to come up with their own version, which they call the Gourmet Bag.

These little boxes, made in France and 100% recyclable, have a very simple and elegant design, can be microwaved or put in the oven and come with the caption “trop bon pour gaspiller” (too good to waste).

So far, they have garnered a very positive response from both restaurants and customers, but of course, France still being France, it may still take a while before prejudices about taking home leftovers are totally overcome. Most restaurant owners are only too happy to prepare a doggy bag if requested, but waiters will rarely spontaneously offer to do so, and most customers still remain too ashamed to ask!

All images courtesy Gourmet Bag

POUR YOURSELF ANOTHER AU FÛT ET À MESURE IN VIEUX NICE

Article sur un nouveau  concept de bar à Nice pour Riviera Buzz. Article about a new concept bar in Nice for Riviera Buzz.

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The concept of self-service bars is steadily gaining traction in France, and one has recently opened in the heart of Vieux Nice – tchin tchin!

Who really wants to wait around for waiter service or spend time queueing at the bar? On a crowded night, it can seem interminable, and in a world where everything is wanted yesterday, the thought of self-service certainly sounds inviting. After all, ATMs have replaced bank tellers and we no longer need to stand in line at the grocery store, we simply use the self-serve check-outs.

So now, Nice’s newest bar, Au Fût et à Mesure, is making the famous credo « on est jamais mieux servi que par soi même » (one is never better served than by oneself) its own by proposing an innovative concept: self-service beer taps.

Located in what was La Trappa in Vieux Nice, the franchise, which was launched in 2008 in Lille, has really caught on in France, having established a presence in many cities, from Paris and Reims, to Montpellier and Toulouse.

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The idea is simple: each table has a beer tap and a screen from where you choose your beer. Customers use a prepaid RFID card to pay for their consumption, which can be topped up to any amount and at any stage – there is no minimum.

And if you think this system does away with human interaction and is too impersonal, fear not! The place is all about conviviality. Indeed, every table boasts different selections of beer, so if a you want to try another brew not featured at your own table, just pop across to your neighbouring tables. A great way to make new friends in a relaxed setting, with music playing in the background and your favourite sports on the big screens!

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Au fût et à mesure also serves delicatessen as well as the owner’s own cocktails for those who prefer an alternative to beer.

What else do you need to spend a pleasant evening?

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CONTACT DETAILS
Au fût et à mesure
2, rue Jules Gilly
06300 Nice

CRAZY WEEK IS DEAD; LONG LIVE NICE MUSIC LIVE

Nouvel article pour Riviera Buzz. New article for Riviera Buzz.

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With the sad demise of the Crazy Week music festival, Ville de Nice has stepped up to the plate with a new offering – Nice Music Live.

For years, the Crazy Week Festival in Nice was the go-to event for music affcionados on the French Riviera. Thanks to a superb location – the Jardins Albert 1er -, an eclectic programme, and some big names from the music scene – Mika, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Asaf Avidan, Shaka Ponk, Skip the Use, Dionysos, Julien DoréSimple Minds – it attracted an enthusiastic audience over each of the five nights, each of the five years of its existance. But, as often happens, all good things come to an end, and after a failed crowdfunding campaign last December, the company behind the event, Ivoire Music, filed for bankruptcy.

Thankfully, the Ville deNice could not stand idly by as another festival in the region got cancelled – the Voix du Garou in Le Var had already gone silent – and decided to step in. It recently announced the creation of the first ever Nice Music Live, which will start right after the jazz festival in the hope of keeping the momentum alive.

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And for this first edition, it can boast some big international stars. Belgian singer-songwriter Selah Sue will kick off the festival on the 15th of July in the Théâtre de Verdure with her soulful voice and catchy sound. Four years after conquering European charts with her self titled debut album, the young artist is back with a sophomore record,Reason, which once again is a mixture of soul, folk, and reggae.

She will be followed on Friday by French DJ David Guetta for a night of dance music on Place Masséna. Guetta needs no introduction. After years of spinning records, he busted on the musical scene in 2009 when he teamed up with former Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland on When Love Takes Over. Since then, he has worked with numerous vocalists such as will.i.am, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg and become one of the biggest-selling artists in the world.

The last evening will be back in the Théâtre de Verdure and will feature American violinist Lindsey Sterling as well as Scottish rock band Twin Atlantic.

The festival will take place from the 15th to the 18th of July at the Théâtre de Verdure and Place Masséna. Tickets cost from €26.40 to €63.80 and are available from all the usual outlets.
All images courtesy Nice Music Live 

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS TO KICK-OFF PANTIERO FESTIVAL IN CANNES

Nouvel article pour Rivieta Buzz. New article for Riviera Buzz

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Christine and the Queens is coming to the French Riviera this summer — you have been warned — now, get ready to be wowed!

For Madonna, “she is great”. For Mark Ronson, “her voice is amazing”. Now, after her success at this year’sVictoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys), winning Best female Artist and Video of the yearChristine and the Queens is getting ready to conquer the rest of the world with the release of her chart-topping debut album “Chaleur Humaine” in English. If that was not enough, she also has a number of live dates coming up on the French Riviera this Summer, including the opening of the Pantiero festival.

The French indie pop singer Héloise Letissier – her stage name is a reference to the drag queens who inspired her to sing when she lived in London – is nothing short of a musical phenomenom in France. Her album has sold over 300,000 copies since it was released last year. It contains 11 songs in both French and English, many of which have become huge hits, such as Saint Claude and Christine, that are accompanied by fun videos that sees her dancing like a female version of Michael Jackson.

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Always dressed in suits, the young artist – she is only 26 – wants to be “a character who is outside the classic code of seduction”. Original and free, she makes aluring electronic pop music that is both flamboyant and minimalist and people can’t seems to get enough of her.

After playing the Sporting in Monaco on the 6th of july, Christine and the Queens will kick-off on the Pantiero Festival in Cannes on the 25th July. She won’t be alone. Other electro pop musicians like Yelle, The DØ and Dream Koala will also be performing at the three-day event.

Christine and the Queens plays the Sporting in Monaco on Monday the 6th of July at 8:30 pm. Tickets cost 63,50 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

The Pantiero Festival will be held from Saturday the 25th to Monday the 27th of July in Cannes. Tickets cost 30 € for Christine and the Queens and 25 € for all other artists. They can be purchased directly on the festival website.

All images courtesy Christine and the Queens website