PAPER PLANE IN NICE TAKES YOU ON A HEALTHY CULINARY TRIP

Une nouvelle idée pour un brunch  à Nice…Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz! A new idea for brunch in Nice….All the detail in Riviera Buzz!

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Eat well, laugh often, love much – that would be the motto of the new 100% organic restaurant, Paper Plane, in Nice.

After running the « Gout-Thé » in Antibes, Coralie and Benjamin contemplated embarking on a round-the-world trip, but in the end they did not go very far, opening Paper Plane in Nice last November. Their new adventure is all about good and healthy food.

As soon as you step into their charming little restaurant located on rue Gubernatis, you feel transported away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Vieux Nice and Place Masséna. The walls are decorated with plants and postcards, the wooden furniture provides for a relaxing and cozy atmosphere, while music gently plays in the background. Simplicity and conviviality are definitively the two key words here.

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As for the food, everything, from the savoury dishes to the desserts, is homemade, using only seasonal, organic, and fresh produce. Almost everything on the menu, which changes weekly, is vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options. There are also new healthy juices and smoothies on offer every day.

Paper Plane is only open for lunch during the week, but turns into a lovely coffee shop on Saturday and a great place for brunch on Sunday. Where it differs from most eateries that have been popping up in the neighbourhood is that it favours creativity over traditional Niçoise specialties. While the portions may be on the small side, you will definitely feel satisfied, and the taste is just fantastic.

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And the icing on the cake? The prices are totally reasonable, proof that it is no longer necessary to spend a fortune to eat organic food.

So, if you are ready to embark on a healthy culinary trip, do not hesitate a second longer and get yourself along to Paper Plane. You won’t be disappointed.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Paper Plane
14, rue Gubernatis
06000 Nice

Tel: 04 93 62 13 05

All images courtesy Paper Plane

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PHOTO EXHIBIT REVEALS HIDDEN SIDE OF JACKIE KENNEDY

Une belle expo sur Jackie Kennedy en ce moment à Nice. A nice exhibit about Jackie Kennedy currently under way in Nice!

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Galerie Ferrero hosts a very interesting exhibit put together by one of the Kennedy clan’s most famous biographers, Frédéric Lecompte-Dieu.

 

Former US First Lady Jackie Kennedy once said of her life

I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.

Running until the end of May, the 130 photograph exhibit entitled « Elle s’appelait Jackie! », (Her Name was Jackie!) pays tribute to a woman who was an undisputed icon of style and reveals hidden sides from all stages of her life, from childhood to just before her death at age 64.

While some pictures are more glamorous, like for instance those of her wedding day or of the 1961 visit to Paris with JFK, others have a definite historical value, like the ones taken on that fateful day in November when Jackie, in a pink suit and matching pillbox hat, saw her husband assassinated before her eyes. And of course, some are just personal, like the photo showing her as a student in 1949, when she attended the University of Grenoble for six weeks, or the picture of her holding her children, Caroline and John-John, looking simply happy and relaxed.

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On display also is a replica of Jackie’s bouffant wedding dress, created from almost 50 feet of ivory silk taffeta by African-American dressmaker Ann Lowe, the President’s rocking chair, as well as a few letters written by Jackie herself, some magazines and a 45 minute long movie.

As her brother-in-law, the late Senator Ted Kennedy put it, “Jackie would have preferred to be just herself, but the world insisted that she be a legend….”.

After seeing all those pictures, it is clear that, more than 20 years after her death, Jackie Kennedy still holds an unparalleled place in American history and will continue to fascinate many more generations to come.

« Elle s’appelait Jackie! » runs until the 29th of May at Galerie Ferrero in Nice. Entrance is 10 euros (5 euros for students) and opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 7:30pm.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Galerie Ferrero
6, rue du Congrès
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 88 34 44

 

Lead image by Cecil Stoughton, White House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; all other images courtesy Galerie Ferrero

I’m Not a Hero, I Did What I Needed To Do To Survive

 

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Sometimes when faced with a difficult situation like cancer, one becomes somebody else, and can be labeled as some sort of “hero”. But when the mask falls off, the reality is far different. Read more below.

A few weeks after I had finished all my treatments, I had lunch with a girlfriend. She had been present through every step of my battle against the big C and this meal was our way to celebrate my long awaited victory. As nice as it was to reflect on just how far I’d come and to start planning a new future, I realized something: no matter how close people had been to me during this, they would never fully understand what I had been through. Even worse, their perception of me was now totally biased.

It quickly became obvious that my friend saw me as some sort of a hero. She spent the entire lunch telling me how impressed she was of the way I had handled my illness and how she probably would not have been half as strong.

That made me mad. I knew she meant it as a compliment, so I kept my mouth shut, but, inside my head, a little voice was screaming: “But I am not different from you, I am not brave, I haven’t changed, I just did not have a choice, it was my life I was dealing with!”

Even in the new comic superhero movie, Deadpool, the title character is battling cancer and wants nothing to do with the “hero” title. The movie debunks the myth that all survivors are “superheroes”- when a lot of us don’t see ourselves that way. As this article so honestly points out, “Deadpool doesn’t reject being a superhero because it’s cool not to care, but because the meaning of ‘hero’ has shifted.”

To be honest, I didn’t even recognize myself during my long cancer battle. I completely dissociated from the reality of what was happening and it was as if I was floating above, outside myself. As soon as I heard the diagnosis, I turned into a soldier ready to do everything it takes to get better and I fought relentlessly. That was something I had never done before and will hopefully never have to do again.

I blocked off all my emotions as a survival mechanism. I stopped all my tears, tried to focus on the present, only the present, and took everything in stride.

The side effects from the various treatments were intense. I dreaded each new session of chemotherapy. As soon as I stepped inside the hospital, I would put on a brave face and smiled. I was terrified but it was my way of coping with the situation; the only way I knew how to go on.

So, to my surprise, I never once felt sorry for myself and rarely did I shed a tear. I barely cried when my beloved dog, Charlie, passed away shortly after the results of my biopsy. I barely cried when I discovered my scars or saw my new bald self for the first time. And I also barely cried when my friends got married while I was stuck in bed. Or when some turned their back to me, simply because they could not bear the sight of me.

Every day, I did my best to live as normally as possible, not necessarily how a “hero” would. I kept on exercising, nearly as much as possible, because it gave me the impression that I was doing something good for my body. I saw my friends as often as I could, even when having fun was the last thing on my mind, because I needed to convince myself that I was still a normal person. I kept on working for my company, on a part time basis, because it allowed me to think that I was still being useful. And I tried not to be upset when people said stupid things or looked at me in a weird way because I realized that I had to live for me and not according to standards imposed by society.

But when this nightmare finally came to an end, I dreamt one night of my dog Charlie, and the pain became so vivid that I woke up in tears. And for the next few hours, I cried all the tears I had not let out for nearly a year. I cried for all the pains I had been through, I cried for my dog, I cried for the children I would never have, and I cried for all the other dreams I would no longer be able to achieve.

So I am definitely not a hero but just a regular gal who, at a moment in time, had to become somebody she is not, in order to fight for her life.

Have you ever been called a hero for fighting cancer? What’s your opinion on that title? Share your view in the comments below! Deadpool photo courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles.

MONACO TURNS PINK TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT BREAST CANCER

La marche contre le cancer du sein organisée à Monaco contre le cancer dimanche dernier a été un grand succès et tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz. The walk against breast cancer organized in Monaco last Sunday was a huge success and all the details are in Riviera Buzz.

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A pink wave rolled onto the streets of the Principality Sunday morning in support of the 5th annual Pink Ribbon Monaco walk.

Among the walkers, there were many women and children, a few men and even some dogs. Some wore pink hats, others pink tutus. Some came with their families, others with groups of friends. Some were survivors, others were walking for a loved one who lost the fight or is currently fighting the disease. But whatever their reasons for participating, they all believed it was important to provide hope to people facing this terrible illness.

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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.

While Pink Ribbon is a worldwide campaign, Pink Ribbon Monaco, which was founded in the Spring 2011, remains an independent charity, whose main mission is, and has always been, spreading awareness to newer and safer screening methods and especially to prevention, by introducing and explaining how a healthier lifestyle can help prevent cancer and help the healing process. The organization also educates people on 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.

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Pink Ribbon Monaco focuses its actions on the region, and the 30€ paid by the participants to the walk will help the organization achieve the following goals:

* Work and assist the Centre de Dépistage du CHPG (Hopital Princesse Grace Screening Centre) led by Dr Daniel Rouison, part of the Ministry of Health and Social affairs
* Organise informative Q&A conferences in Monaco
* Organise further awareness campaigns and events
* Illuminate various Monegasque landmarks in October, during international breast cancer awareness month.

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WHAT A FEELING! CATCH FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL THIS APRIL IN NICE

Les années 80 reviennent à Nice en Avril…Et tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz! The 80s are coming back to Nice in April and all the details are in Riviera Buzz!

Break out the leg warmers and get ready to relive the 80’s! Yes, Flashdance the Musical is coming to Nice this April!

Back in 1983, a little film about Alex Owens, a working class girl who works as a steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer at night, while dreaming of becoming a ballerina, became a surprise hit and a pop phenomenon that helped launch Jennifer Beals’ acting career. Now more than 30 years later, the leg warmers, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and big hairdos are back as Flashdance the Musical is coming to the Nikaia in Nice for one night only on Sunday the 10th of April at 5 pm.

Based on the movie, this musical version actually premiered in England in 2008 and has enjoyed much success as a touring show since 2013. Featuring a book by Robert Cary and Tom Hedley, who produced the story and co-wrote the movie screenplay, it includes the much beloved hits such as Michael Sembello’s “Maniac,” Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” Karen Karmon’s “Manhunt” and Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling”, as well as 16 additional songs written specifically for the show… And of course, the unforgettable water-splash dance and the iconic final audition scene whose moves have been imitated in videos by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Gerri Halliwell.

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Just like the screen version, Flashdance the Musical is full of energy with an athletic cast, electrifying dance numbers and a set design inspired by the gritty urban glory of 1980s-era Pittsburgh streets to tell a familiar story of creativity, perseverance and friendship.

Musicals based on popular, hit movies have been the trend lately from Dirty Dancing to Bodyguard and while some are mediocre at best, Flashdance thrives at being a wonderful tribute to an era where everything still seemed possible, with a message that speaks to all: No matter what, never give up on your dreams!

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Tickets range in price from 30€ to 56€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.