Maroon 5

Nice can now unofficially claim the title of French musical capital as Maroon 5 announce their only tour date in France there this summer.

Following in the footsteps of Coldplay, multi platinum-selling and Grammy Award®-winning rock band Maroon 5 will play only one date in France this summer — and Nice is the venue of choice. The « Sugar » gents will be at the Espace Nikaia on the 29th of May…just 5 days after Coldplay’s appearance at the Stade Charles Ehrmann. What a treat for local music fans!

Maroon 5’s upcoming and much anticipated European tour will come in support of the highly successful “V” and their new Greatest Hits album ‘Singles’ which was released last September but also probably of their 6th studio album, which they are putting together at the moment and should be released this year.

Not much is know of this new effort save for the fact that it has been called a ‘back to roots’ style album and that eight songs have already been recorded. But new album or not, there is no doubt that Maroon 5 is one of the biggest rock act of the moment.


With their hybrid sound of pop, rock and R & B, the band has won fans around the world as soon as they introduced their debut single, “Harder to Breathe” in 2002 from the acclaimed album “Songs About Jane”.

Since then, they have nabbed 3 Grammys, recorded duets with the likes of Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, sold more than 17 million copies of their albums in over 35 countries and toured extensively around the globe. And of course, female fans will probably add that frontman Adam Levine, who is one of the judges on the US version of The Voice, was crowned sexiest man alive in 2013.

Maroon 5 plays the Espace Nikaïa in Nice on Sunday, 29th of May 2016 at 8:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 73 € to 78.50 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.


Lead image – Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons; ‘V’ album cover via Maroon 5 website



Le mois d’avril devrait être coloré sur la Côte d’Azur. The month of April should be colorful on the french Riviera.

Color run (1)

Colour runs are all the rage at the moment the world over, and La Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur welcomes one of these “happiest 5Ks on earth”.

After the first run in the south of France last October in Aix-en-Provence, the spotlight is now on Saint Laurent du Var, which hosts the first Run’Bow Colors™, to be held in early April. The run promotes fitness and good times in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere for all participants.

Inspired by India’s Holi festival during which celebrants signify the death of winter and rebirth of spring by throwing coloured powder at each other, the event is a unique 5k that has already taken the U.S. by storm, and is now invading Europe. The first French edition was organized in 2014 in Paris and attracted about 13,000 runners, as well as one in Marseilles five months later.


The race is only intended as pure fun – the goal is not to run fast or to challenge oneself but just to complete a 5km course while being plastered with non-toxic and non-allergic powdered paint (made of 100% natural food-grade cornstarch) in every colour of the rainbow.

Pretty much anyone can take part in the event, old and young, sport aficionados and first-time runners; the only requirement being for all participants to wear white clothing! Once the race starts, then it becomes a real colour fest: After the first kilometre, runners are doused in blue, after the second red, and so on, until the finish line when they are covered head-to-toe in every imaginable hue.

And if after all that, you feel that there is still something missing, then let the official DJs of the Run’Bow Colors™ carry you away on a wave of sound to wrap up this festive occasion.


Run’Bow Colors™ takes place on Sunday 3rd of April at 2pm in Saint-Laurent du Var


All images courtesy Run’Bow Colors™


Petite critique gastronomique pour Riviera Buzz. Litlle food review for Riviera Buzz.


Rue Gioffredo in Nice is home to many a fine café and eatery, but we think that we may have found its crowning glory – La Popote d’Ondine.

With its blue facade and ornate old lighting fixtures, you could be forgiven for thinking that this new eatery on rue Gioffredo is just another cosy cafe among so many others popping up around town. However, if the lines out the door are any indication, you will soon realize that La Popote d’Ondine could well be Nice’s newest hidden gem.

Since opening last April, it has fast become the perfect place to grab a snack on the go, or to linger for hours in a relaxing atmosphere.


The staff is friendly and courteous, offering food that can best be described as follows:-

Simple – all the dishes are what you would expect to find in a typical neighbourhood café for a quick lunch (quiches, bagels, salads with various choices of toppings….) or for a nice breakfast (croissants, hot chocolate, detox options…)

Healthy – all the ingredients are fresh, seasonal, organic and locally produced

Reasonably priced – many formulas under €10 are available. For example, a sandwich with a drink or a desert will only cost you €5.40

Delicious – everything, from the savory plates to the cakes, is yummy and big on flavour.

And to top it all off, the place is nicely decorated with old pictures on the walls as well as a living room style interior and a little terrace for those who want to take their time.

Thanks to the positive word of mouth, La Popote d’Ondine has ironically become a victim of its own success, particularly on Saturdays. But truth be told, it doesn’t really matter…the culinary experience is definitely worth the wait!



La Popote d’Ondine
18-20 rue Gioffredo,
06000 Nice


Riviera Buzz vous dit tout sur la 5ème marche organisée par Pink Ribbon en mars à Monaco. Riviera Buzz tells you all about the 5th walk organized by Pink Ribbon this coming March in Monaco.

pink ribbonIt is now a well established Monegasque tradition that each March the Principality turns pink in support of Pink Ribbon Monaco.

Each year, come March, hundreds of people dust off their walking shoes and dress up in pink to take on the streets of the Principality to raise both money for and awareness of breast cancer. Women, men, little kids, even dogs…they wear pink tutus, pink wigs or pink hats…And whether they are breast cancer survivors themselves, relatives of people fighting the disease, or just regular people willing to make a difference, they all came together for the annual walk organized by Pink Ribbon Monaco which, this year, for its 5th edition, will be held on Sunday, March 13th and promises some nice surprises and a few changes.

While Pink Ribbon is a worldwide campaign, Pink Ribbon Monaco, which was founded in the Spring 2011, remains an independent charity that focuses its actions on the region and the Principality. Through various actions, its goal is to educate people on the importance of early detection and the necessity to create an environment where women who have found a lump in their breast do not have to wait too long to have a biopsy or receive treatment.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, comprising 16% of all female cancers. When detected at an early stage, it can usually be cured, but the chances of survival decrease rapidly as the tumour spreads. It is for this reason that information and early detection can save lives.

All funds raised go to the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace and over the years, Pink Ribbon Monaco has contributed, among other things, to a new ultrasound breast imaging/screening service that optimizes early detection of breast cancer and reduces the amount of radiation necessary for diagnosis.

The entry fee for the 2016 Pink Ribbon Walk is €30, and you can register online, pay by cheque, or sign-up at the Running Expo the day before the event, from 9am to 5pm.


Port Hercule / Port de Monaco
Route de la Piscine
98000 Monaco

All images courtesy Pink Ribbon Monaco


Du 3 au 5 février, Nice commémore les années noires de la 2de guerre mondiale. From the 3rd to the 5th of February, Nice is commemorating the dark years of Word War II.


An Italian banker is the unlikely hero of a World War II tale that unravels in Nice, seeing him save the lives of many Jews.

From the 3rd to the 5th of February, the city of Nice will commemorate the dark years of World War II (1940- 1944) with the opening of the incredible exhibit on Thursday 4th of no less than 300 pieces from Charlotte Salomon’s compelling artwork, Life? Or Theatre? An Operetta. The programme also includes many conferences, films, as well as a tribute to Angelo Donati, an Italian banker who saved many Jews from Nazi persecution in the South of France between 1942 and 1943.

Born in Modena and himself of Jewish religion, Donati was Consul General of the Republica of San Marino from 1925 and 1932 before becoming president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Paris, a position he had to leave when the German troops entered the French capital.


Angelo Donati found refuge in Nice where he succeeded in transferring 2,500 Jews in the “forced residency”of Saint-Martin-Vésubie. He soon became a legend in Nice, which was then under Mussolini’s rule, but that was not enough for him and at the beginning of 1943, he prepared an ambitious plan to send thousands more Jews to Palestine. The passports were prepared being in Rome while the American and British ambassadors to the Vatican were working on the feasibility of the operation.

Unfortunately, on the 8th of September of that year, Italy surrendered and the Germans moved into Nice. Two days later, Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner, a top aide to Adolf Eichmann, strategically set up his headquarters at the Excelsior, and immediately started organizing some of the war’s most violent raids against the Jews. Teams of SS officers were routinely sent down the streets of the city to snatch off the sidewalks any persons that looked “Jewish”. The concepts of nationality or mixed marriages, the age of children, or the infirmity of some no longer meant anything, and the simple fact of being circumcised was enough to be arrested.

Donati was thus never able to carry on his plan and until his death, he refused to be called a hero. He nonetheless received many thank you letters from people he had saved and was nicknamed the Jewish Pope.

However, it is never to late to express one’s gratitude, and a ceremony in his honor will be held on the 3rd of February at 7pm at the Main Synagogue in Nice (7, rue Gustave Deloye), and on the following day a commemorative plaque will be unveiled on the Promenade des Anglais.