5 OF THE BEST – ROOFTOP ESCAPES IN NICE

Les 5 meilleures bars sur les toits à Nice! The 5 best rooftops in Nice!

While you are hard at work or busy basking in the sun during the day, come sunset, there is definitely no better place to spend your evening than a nice rooftop terrace!

The rooftop season is most surely upon us, so why not treat yourself to some jaw-dropping views while sipping a cocktail, sharing a bite with friends and listening to some music.

To help you make up the most of your summer evenings in Nice, here is our pick of our 5 favourite rooftops in the city.

Hôtel Aston La Scala : the Best View in Town

Located just 5 minutes away from the beach and the promenade des Anglais, this four-star hotel is nothing short of an institution in Nice, which its amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the city, from the Colline du Château and its illuminated waterfall to the Old Town and Promenade du Paillon.

Its rooftop is open from June to September, allowing you to enjoy poolside cocktails during the warm summer days, while its swanky terrace bar is open all year round.

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For a romantic evening at sunset or a lazy afternoon by the pool, this is definitely the place to be! And if you love music, you will enjoy the live music on Thursdays and the DJ nights on Saturdays.

For a similar experience, minus the pool, the nearby Boscolo hotel is also always a safe bet, thanks to its great atmosphere, its incredible views over the Jardins Albert Ier and the Baie des Anges, and its delicious tapas platters and cocktails.

Hôtel Aston La Scala
12, avenue Felix Faure
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 92 17 53 00

Boscolo Hotel, B4 Park Nice
12, avenue de Verdun
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 16 75 92

Le Méridien : Fun under the stars!

As if its location right on the Promenade des Anglais, its beautiful swimming pool and its signature cocktails were not enough, the Méridien Nice is putting on a show this summer with the screening of four iconic movies every Wednesday evening: Goldeneye, Mamma Mia!, Et Dieu créa la femme, and Plein Soleil, which were all shot in the Mediterranean region.

A good excuse to relax under the stars and sip a Lady in Red (a mixture of cranberry juice, jasmin syrup, lemonade, and fresh mint leaves) or an Indigo Splash (a mixture of Bacardi Gold Rum, Blue Curaçao, vanilla liqueur, lime juice, cane sugar syrup).

Le Méridien Nice
1, Promenade des Anglais
06046 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 97 03 44 44

Le Radisson Blu : Chill out by the sea

Looking for a sundowner after a day on the beach? Look no further than the Radisson Blu on the Promenade des Anglais. Aside from a magical view over both the blue waters and the nearby mountains, the huge 700 square metre roof terrace, open all year round, boasts a swimming pool and comfortable lounge furniture.

The dining area is not bad either, with a restaurant/bar that offers a Mediterranean cuisine of the highest quality and mouthwatering cocktails.

Away from all the hustle and bustle of the Old Town, there is no better spot to have a pre-dinner aperitif and soak up the late sun in a chilled atmosphere.

Le Radisson Blu
223, Promenade des Anglais
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 97 17 71 77

Splendid Hotel & Spa : A lounge over the roofs

With its Fitness Centre, sauna, solar-heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and bar with panoramic views of the city, the 8th floor of the Splendid Hotel is a little paradise unto itself.

First opened in 1883 for the winter season to target British tourists, the hotel counted among its first clients the King of Wurtemberg whose coat of arms has been transformed into the Splendid’s present logo.

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Ideally located on Boulevard Victor Hugo, it is a peaceful location that also knows how to have fun, transforming itself into an outdoor lounge overlooking the roofs of the city, with great food, delicious drinks, and music throughout the summer.

Splendid Hotel & Spa
50, boulevard Victor Hugo
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 87 02 46

The Monsigny Hotel: The New Kid in Town

For the last few years, the Libération district has been getting trendier by the minute, so it is no surprise it now also has its own rooftop terrace that will give the most famous ones on the Promenade des Anglais a run for their money.

Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, the Monsigny rooftop is probably still one of Nice’s best-kept secrets. Overlooking the Malaussena pedestrian area and the roofs of the city, it offers everything you need to spend a perfect afternoon in the sun, or a relaxed evening with friends. The Jacuzzi is available to all (for just 5€ for hotel clients and 10€ for guests) and the deckchairs are welcoming. With unobtrusive music playing in the background, the selection of tapas and cocktails is as delicious as it is affordable.

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Less touristy maybe, the Monsigny has nonetheless a more authentic feel that most of its counterparts.

The Hotel Monsigny
17, avenue Malaussena, 
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 (0)4 93 88 27 35

All photos courtesy each hotel

 

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NEW EXHIBIT REFLECTS ON THE OMNIPRESENCE OF MUSIC IN CHAGALL’S WORK

Encore une expo à ne pas rater à Nice. Another not-to-be-missed exhibit in Nice.

A new exhibition in Nice aims to show the importance of music to Chagall and how he incorporated it into his works.

Last Autumn, two exhibitions held at the Musée de la musique – Philarmonie de Paris (The Triumph of Music) and at La Piscine – Musée D’art et d’Industrie André Diligent in Roubaix (Sources of Music), highlighted the role music played in Chagall’s work.

These two exhibits have been combined together to offer visitors to the Musée National Marc Chagall in Nice a wonderful reflection on the Russian artist’s love for the 5th art with over 200 artworks (paintings, drawings, etchings, ceramics, stained glass, and the like) borrowed from major public and private collections from both France and abroad.

Music has always been a constant source of inspiration to Chagall, from the traditional Jewish songs of his childhood to the classical music of Bach and Mozart. His paintings are full of musicians: violinists, cymbalists, acrobatic musicians, and flautists, all mingling perfectly with the religious figures so clearly loved by the artist.

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For Chagall, music was a vehicle for human sentiments: sorrow, joy, consolation, exaltation. This is why, throughout his long career, he worked on many projects for the theatre, ballet and opera. For instance, he created costumes and set designs for the Jewish Art Theatre in Moscow, painted the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris and the frescoes at the Lincoln Center in New York.

A testimony of this love for music is already on display in the museum in Nice, with not only the concert hall which hosts a rich programme of musical events throughout the year, but also the harpsichord he painted in 1980.

The exhibition Marc Chagall et la Musique runs until 13th June, 2016. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm from the 2nd of May), and is closed Tuesdays and on the 1st of May. Admission costs €10, but is free for all on the first Sunday of each month.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Musée National Marc Chagall
36, avenue Dr Ménard
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 53 87 20

 

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MEET UP-AND-COMING LOCAL SINGER/SONGWRITER LEA VAN SKY

Rencontre avec la talentueuse artiste Lea Van Sky pour Riviera Buzz. Meeting with the talented artist Lea Van Sky for Riviera Buzz.

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Meet singer-songwriter Lea Van Sky, a very promising talent based on the French Riviera, who is currently working on her first album.

If you haven’t yet heard of Lea Van Sky, you’ve been missing out. She is to be found regularly performing around the region and will be next in concert at L’Entrepôt in Nice at 7:30pm on Friday, the 7th of August. So, to help you get to know Lea better, we sat down with her and asked her a few questions.

Thank you Lea for meeting with us. First of all, could you describe your background a little for our readers? We understand that you are from Riga but moved to London at a young age and now live in Nice.

I am of Russian Ukrainian and Greek origin and I was born in Riga. Both of my parents are cardiologists and I have an older sister who is a marketing director and yoga instructor. They all still live in Riga.

I went to London when I was 17; it was meant to be for a summer break only. I was instantly smitten with the place and begged my parents to let me stay. I still don’t understand how it all happened as I was yet to finish my A levels and my parents are very strict. I studied for my A levels by distance learning, and went on to study Law in London. What was meant to be a summer break lasted 9 years!

Towards the end of those 9 years and shortly after I had started teaching myself French following a last-minute trip toProvence, I met my boyfriend, Bruno. He was working in London at the time but chose to move back to Nice for professional reasons. Meeting Bruno has changed my life and, despite concern expressed by people surrounding me, I did not hesitate to move to Nice with him.

And what made you decide to drop everything to start a musical career?

I have dreamt of a musical career ever since I was little. My parents had gone to great lengths to buy a piano and I enrolled at a conservatory to study piano at the age of 6. I began writing poems and composing tunes around the same time.

I was captivated by the beauty of music and fascinated by its capacity to move, uplift, and inspire. I loved going to concerts and would be the first to dance and sing along.

However, it was strongly ingrained in my mind that a musical career was not for me. It was a realm for a chosen few, who were significantly more talented, creative, and special than me.

So I went to study Law because I was lost and it seemed a safe bet. Throughout my legal career, I felt unfulfilled and sad as I was convinced that there must be more to life and that one should not be spending the majority of their time on something that, to them, has no meaning.

Bruno once asked me what I would do if anything was possible. To me the answer was blatantly clear, and so I started taking singing lessons, bought a piano, and the rest is history… Around the same time I witnessed a dear friend’s unsuccessful battle with cancer and it further pushed me in the direction of living my life to the fullest and on my own terms.

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How would you describe your music?

In line with my personality there is a clear dichotomy to it. It is playful and serious, luminous and melancholic, fragile and powerful…all at the same time! One can discern influences from pop, pop rock, folk, jazz, classical music, Slav and Andalucía/Argentinean music. I have also been told that it bears a resemblance to the songs of Suzanne Vega,Sting, Coldplay, Regina Spektor.

If you could collaborate with one musician or band, who would it be and why?

It would be Sting, without a doubt. I love his music – it is moving, soothing, beautiful and very melodic. To me Sting is an epitome of beautiful music, pretty much like Chanel is an epitome of elegance and style. And in addition, I admire his extensive charity work and his devotion to music.

What has been the most memorable moment of your musical career so far?

Going to MIDEM in June and being offered a record deal and a publishing deal by two record labels. It shows that following your dreams is a viable approach. And I guess it also goes to show that a musical career might in fact be for me…

What’s next for you? Are you working on an album and can people see you perform on stage here on the Côte d’Azur?

I am currently working towards my first record and I spend as much time as I can find writing new material and working on the existing songs. I am extremely lucky to be collaborating with my multi-talented friend Frank Brody (of the F&V duo). He is a guitarist, producer, photographer, and cinematographer. Our collaboration is hugely fruitful, inspiring and enjoyable. In addition to music, we did a photo shoot in London at the beginning of May, and we are preparing to do another one in Nice at the beginning of August.

I am performing on the Côte d’Azur and preparing for a series of concerts in London and Paris. Something that I am really excited about is organising my concerts at art galleries. My next art gallery concert in the region is on August 7th. I will be accompanied by Frank and Papy Mallo, an excellent multi-instrumentalist. The concert will take place atL’Entrepôt – a stunning art gallery next to the beautiful Cours Saleya in Nice. Tickets for the concert are available to purchase online. The best way to stay updated is by subscribing to my newsletter.

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Do you only write and sing in English?

I do write in English only for now, even though I have dabbled in writing in French and Russian, as well as translating my lyrics into Russian and Spanish. I sing in English, Russian and French.

Finally, what do you like about the French Riviera?

I like its climate and the scenery, the charm of the little villages, the beauty of the sea, the location (one can fly or drive pretty much anywhere from the Nice airport) and the fact that it is fairly cosmopolitan. In summer, I love the music festivals and open air concerts. The quality of life is very good. It is a privilege to be living here.
Many thanks to Lea for taking the time to talk to us, and we wish her the very best of luck with her upcoming concert. To find out more about Lea’s work, you can visit her website.

All photos courtesy Lea Van Sky, © Frank G. Brody

MULTI-TALENTED MORIARTY BACK ON THE ROAD THIS APRIL

Article pour Riviera Buzz sur ma dernière découverte musicale. Article for Riviera buzz about my latest musical discovery.

French-American band Moriarty are playing the Théâtre Lino Ventura in Nice this April in support of their latest album, Epitaph.

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They take their name from the lead character of Jack Kerouac’s masterpiece On the Road and with their mixture of folk, blues, country, cabaret and even Portuguese fado, Franco-American band Moriarty take their listeners on a musical journey interspersed with colourful tales in English of imagined lands and people.

Back on the road to support their latest album, Epitath, they will play in Nice on the 28th of April at the Théâtre Lino Ventura. A great occasion to discover this bohemian troop, which has already established a huge following inFrance and is making waves abroad!

Describing Moriarty’s sound is not an easy task. Since forming in Paris in 1995, the band has managed to create its own whimsical universe, as diverse and cosmopolitan as its 6 members of French, American, Swiss andVietnamese origin. Dressed like 1930’s prohibition outlaws, with a strong theatrical flair, they rely on acoustic guitars, a harmonica, a double-bass, a drum as well as the pure vocals of the opera-trained singer, Rosemary, and like to perform in strange locations such as the ruins of a castle, a psychiatric hospital or a night train.

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When together, all members take the surname of Moriarty to become a big family, and inspired by Lewis Carroll and guided by the surreal, believing that humans, animals, plants and objects have a soul, they write songs that play likeshort movies.

Moriarty’s debut album, Gee Whiz This is a Lonesome Town, which was released in 2007, sold 70,000 copies and was certified Gold. A year later, they won best emerging act at the Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys).

Since then, Moriarty has traveled all over the world, performing a perfect mix of original songs and beautiful covers of classics such as Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence and Tom Waits’s Chocolate Jesus.

Moriarty plays the Théâtre Lino Ventura in Nice on Tuesday, 28th of April 2015 at 8:00 pm. Tickets cost 20,80 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Théâtre Lino Ventura
route de Turin
06100 Nice