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


Monaco boasts some impressive yachts, but it was a boat like no other that was recently blessed by the Vicar General of Monaco.

The blessing of the massive 77-metre eco-friendly M/Y Yersin recently took place during a ceremony performed byHis Grace René Giuliano, and attended by such dignitaries as HSH Prince Albert II and Bernard d’Alessandri, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s general secretary.

Both a private yacht as well as a multi-purpose ship for cruising and exploring all oceans and in all weathers, the M/Y Yersin will also be used by scientists and students on ocean preservation missions, as part of a more global project called ASE (Adventure, Science, Education). The vessel is equiped with a reinforced hull and can withstand extreme conditions and temperatures ranging from -20°c to + 50°c. She will have a range of 12,000nm and can operate for up to 50 days without the need to visit port.


Built in Concarneau at the Piriou shipyard and named after Alexandre Yersin (the Swiss- French physician and bacteriologist who discovered the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague), the yacht was a major attraction at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show and truly deserves the label of La Belle Classe Superyacht, in recognition of its contribution to protecting the environment and promoting innovative technology.

In his speech, the Prince saluted the christening of this “exceptional” vessel which “keeps alive the tradition of Prince Albert 1st’s and Captain Cousteau’s boats and other explorers who left from Monaco. It is quite moving and extraordinary to think that thanks to Mr Fiat and his family, and his attachment to the Yacht Club de Monaco, this great adventure, where science and education take centre stage, can be revived.” 


M/V Yersin was greeted upon its arrival in Monaco with a water salute from the fireboat and a chorus of horns blown by the yachts anchored in the port. In keeping with tradition, a bottle of champagne was broken against the hull to the tune of When the Pipers Plays performed on the bagpipes.

All images courtesy Yacht Club de Monaco



Petite découverte culinaire sympa à Nice pour Riviera Buzz. Nice culinary discovery in Nice for Riviera Buzz.


Big Fernand, the restaurant chain everybody is talking about, is now bringing its hamburgers made in France to the Côte d’Azur. Sacré bleu!

The success of Big Fernand seems to know no limits, and having opened 12 restaurants over the last three years (including one in Hong Kong and one in London), the franchise has now arrived in Nice.

Don’t eat hamburgers, eat hamburgés”, that’s the motto of this highly successful burger joint and of its founders,Steve Burggraf, Alexandre Auriac and Guillaume Pagliano, three young entrepreneurs from Paris who have taken upon themselves to give a French twist to that most American of fast foods. Using artisan buns baked from a secret recipe, locally-sourced meats (beef, chicken, lamb or veal), unpasteurized cheese (Tomme de Savoie, raclette, goat cheese or Fourme d’Ambert), freshly chopped herbs and homemade sauces, they have really come up with a winning formula.


Take, for instance, Le “Big Fernand”, a burger with Tomme de Savoie cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley and a homemade cocktail sauce, “Le Victor“, a Veal patty covered in Fourme d’Ambert cheese, or “le Bartholomé“, made with juicy beef, with creamy raclette cheese, caramelized onions, bacon chives and BBQ sauce. If none of these sound appealing, you can always make your own, choosing your toppings from a wide variety of fresh ingredients. And as we are talking fast-food here, don’t forget to try the chips, the ‘Fernandines’, which are made on site, accompanied by some homemade soda or organic lemonade, and the traditional puddings.

The only tricky part may be finding a seat. Also, expect queues at peak hours of lunchtime and in the early evening. But the service is fast and very friendly, and you will be welcomed with a smile. The staff will even take the time to explain the menu to you.

The hamburgés may be a bit on the pricey side – about €11 or €12 for a burger, and €15 with a side of chips – but the food is delicious, the atmosphere fun and the experience highly enjoyable. So if you happen to be near theGaleries Lafayette in Nice, do go check for yourself what all the buzz is about… and Bon Appêtit!


Big Fernand Nice
52 rue Gioffredo
06000 Nice

Open Monday to Sunday from 12pm – 2:30 pm (12pm – 3:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday) and from 7pm – 10pm (7pm – 11pm on Saturday)


Le  Festival du Livre de Nice commence demain…Et c’est dans Riviera Buzz. The Nice Book Festival starts tomorrow…And it is in Riviera Buzz.

Festival livre

The annual Festival du Livre de Nice turns 20 this June, and the organisers have invited some 200 authors to help celebrate this important milestone.

The Nice Book Festival, this year under the presidency of famed French writer Françoise Chandernagor, a member of the Académie Goncourt since 1995, will cover a wide range of topics, from religion and politics, to social change and fiction.

The festival continues to go from strength to strength each year, offering something for just about every age and every interest, bringing writers and readers together for book signings, debates and discussions, public readings and other literary-themed events.

Amongst the many invitees, there will be journalists, authors, historians, philosophers and people from the entertainment world, including regulars such as popular novelist Douglas Kennedy, whose international bestsellers such as The Big Picture or The Pursuit of Happiness are particularly acclaimed and beloved in France, or Nice-born writer Didier Van Cauwelaert, whose book Un Aller simple (One-way) won the Prix Goncourt in 1994.

Other guests who are sure to be big draws include Marc Levy whose work has been translated into 49 languages and has sold over 31 million copies worldwide, celebrated traveler Sylvain Tesson, philosopher Michel Onfray and former model turned health advocate, Estelle Lefébure.


As usual, there will be public readings of famous literary works, roundtable debates and concerts taking place in various venues around the city, before and during the festival. The now famous literary prize, le Prix Nice Baie des Anges, will be awarded on Friday to Jérôme Garcin for Le voyant, his moving tribute to the blind hero of the French Resistance, Jacques Lusseyran. And with proposals afoot to gradually stop the teaching Latin and ancient Greek in schools, the festival has decided to send a message to the government by holding a dictation and Latin translation contest on the Saturday morning.

Just before the start of the summer and in a world where e-books are being downloaded on tablets, hardcovers and paperbacks do still matter and remain the best companions to enjoying a lazy day on the beach!

The Festival du Livre de Nice takes place from the 5th to the 7th of June on Boulevard Jean-Jaurès, Place Gautier (Cours Saleya) and Place du Palais de Justice.

All images courtesy le Festival du Livre de Nice