10 Places To Visit In Monaco On A Budget

Monaco has a reputation as a place of luxury, superyachts and supercars but I’m going to shatter the myth that you need to have lots of money to enjoy Monaco as a tourist.

Monaco/Monte Carlo is spread over a lot of hills, so if you’re a first time visitor you may not be aware of this and you should plan a way to get around to save yourself time and effort.

To help Monagasque residents do the same, the Principality has a nifty network of public lifts and walkways (78 lifts, 35 escalators and 8 travelators) so you can move between elevations in the different districts without much effort at all.  For a free downloadable map of where to find the lifts and travelators are you can download it here:  Monacopubliclifts

10 Places To Visit in Monaco On A Budget

From beautiful gardens to historic buildings, there are lots of cheap (or free!) things to do and see in Monaco.  Here are 10 suggestions for top places to go in Monaco when you have no, low or limited budget!

  1. The Changing of the Guards outside Palais Princier

The Palais Princier on Le Rocher (the ‘Rock’) is the official residence of the ruling Prince of Monaco and has a lengthy history.  The Grimaldis, an aristocratic family from Genoa have fought to keep the Palais (and their independence) over centuries, waging wars with France, Italy, Spain, Germany, England and the Earls of Provence in order to do so.

Every day at 11.55am, Monaco’s Changing of the Guards ceremony is held in the large public square in front of the Palais Princier.  It’s free to watch for tourists and a brief insight into a tradition has not changed in more than a century.  Even if you don’t go into the palace, you can watch the ceremony and the square has great photography vantage points over the ports on both sides.  Insider tip:  Look for the guards white uniforms in summer and black in winter.

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The daily Changing of the Guards ceremony in Monaco

2. Saint Martin Gardens

The free entry public St Martin Gardens are a wonderful place to walk around with wide pathways, fountains, statues, flower beds and shaded benches under pine trees.  The views overlooking Port Fontvieille and toward the Monaco Oceanarium are fantastic.

From the Palais Princier, head for Ruelle Sainte-Barbe and follow that all the way along to the Monaco Oceanarium. Insider tip:  Look for the bronze sailor statue of Prince Albert I.

3. Monaco Cathedral

Another of Le Rocher’s attractions is the Monaco Cathedral.  It is well maintained inside; tourists can visit for free from 8.30am-7pm (6pm in winter) except during mass.

The Cathedral is known for its Bréa altarpiece, as well as being both the place of marriage as well as the final resting place of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.

Monaco Cathedral

4. Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation

Largely unnoticed by many tourists who visit the hugely popular Monaco Oceanarium nearby, the small Musée de la Chapelle de la Visitation is home to Mrs Piasecka Johnson’s astonishing collection of religious art with baroque masterpieces by Ribera, Rubens and other Italian masters.

It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-6pm. Adults cost €3 / Students €1,50 / Kids under 12 years are free

5. Le Petit Bar

If you are planning on visiting the Palais Princier or Monaco Oceanarium and are looking for a restaurant with friendly service, good prices and tasty food you can’t miss heading to Le Petit Bar on rue Basse.

Le Petit Bar in Monaco, a worthwhile stop if you are sightseeing in Monaco

It gets busy quickly, especially in summer so I recommend making a reservation in advance if you can.  Excellent tapas, fabulous tiramisu and all mains priced under €15.

6. Musée Naval

Unfortunately, major review website TripAdvisor has a ton of reviews from tourists who have mistaken this small museum for the much larger Monaco Oceanarium!  How they could mix up the two vastly different experiences I don’t know but I believe the name having ‘naval’ in it has confused many visitors to Monaco.

The Musée Naval is a small museum dedicated to model ships.  Nothing at all to do with fish or natural history! Located on the Terrasses de Fontvieille, it is home to a collection of 250 model ships including the Titanic, submarines, Viking ships, a Venetian gondola and US battleship Missouri.

The Musée Naval is a museum dedicated to model ships

Ideal for families with kids or anyone keen on model making or seamaship, it is open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day.  The entry fee is €4 for adults and €2,50 for kids 8-14 years.

7. Musée Collection of Voitures Anciennes

Also at Fontvieille, you can find the private collection of Prince Rainier III showcasing over 100 vintage cars.  The museum is accessible for families with kids in baby strollers or people who are wheelchair bound.

Exposition de Voitures Anciennes, Monaco

Open 7 days from 10am-6pm. The entry fee is €6,50 for adults and € for Students & Kids 8-14 years.

8. Chemin des Sculptures

A free sculpture path from the Jardin de l’Espace de Fontvieille allows visitors to discover some of the sculptures in Monaco.

Chemin des Sculptures in Fontvieille

Many sculptures are placed in lovely flower beds or along scenic paths and throughout Monaco you can find over 100 works from artists including Colombian painter/sculptor Fernando Botero, Marseillais artist César, Emma Sigaldi, and Lalanne.

9. Casino Square

A trip to Monaco must include a visit to place du Casino, better known as Casino Square.

The surrounding caféterias and restaurants are not aimed at the budget traveller, however it remains one of the best locations in Monaco for people watching especially from Café de Paris.

Get your photo taken on the steps outside the Casino de Monte-Carlo or sit in the gardens opposite and admire the supercars that drive past.  The square is really beautiful at night because the surrounding buildings are illuminated.  Insider tip:  In summertime, Casino Square hosts free concerts so check the Monaco Tourism website for dates.

Casino de Monte Carlo is a must-do photo opportunity when visiting Monaco

10. Japanese Garden

Dotted with pines, maples and flowering shrubs, the Japanese Garden was created in 1994 and is a wonderful surprise in Monaco located near the Grimaldi Forum. It is free to visit and open 9am until sunset.

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The Jardin Japonais (Japanese Garden) is a free attraction in Monaco

Nearby, you can wander along the free seafront zone and see a small pathway called ‘The Champions Promenade’ that has footprints of some of the world’s top footballers including Diego Maradonna, Pélé, Ryan Giggs and more.  Plage Larvotto, Monaco’s main beach is nearby also with public and private beach zones and a kids playground.

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10 of the Best Museums on the French Riviera

The French Riviera has over 40 museums with rich collections often set in picturesque locations overlooking manicured gardens, village squares or the sea.

From Belle Époque paintings to modern sculptures, visitors to the region will find enough cultural places of interest to entertain them for a day, week or longer.

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Musée Matisse in Cimiez, Nice

If you are planning on visiting a number of museums, look into the option to purchase a museum pass from the Tourism Offices – the Côte d’Azur Card has a good range of attractions and activities, or the Pass Musées de Nice offers access to Nice’s municipal museums including some of the smaller ones such as Terra Amata and Musée d’Art Naïf. NOTE: If you are a resident of Nice or the metropolitan area, you get free access to Nice’s municipal museums. You simply give I.D plus verification of your address and you are issued with the Pass which is valid for 3 years.

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Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins

The Best Museums on the French Riviera

For a cultural dose, click on the article link here to find out who rates in the ‘Top 10 Museums on the French Riviera’.

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Monaco Oceanarium is a natural history museum- aquarium

Other great museums I like (not included on this list above) are:

Musée des Merveilles at Tende

Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet

The National Sports Museum and Museum of Asiatic Arts, both in Nice

Férnand Léger Museum in Biot

Musée Volti at the Citadelle in Villefranche-sur-Mer

I hope you enjoy visiting these museums!  Don’t forget on the first Sunday of the month most museums have free entry too 🙂

 

The 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017 and 75th Monaco F1 Grand Prix

Next month, two of the most exciting events on the French Riviera are set to thrill worldwide media – the 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017, and the 75th race of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Hosted in the second half of May, these are two of my favourite events to write about and visit.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing my in-depth guides about both events with advice for recommended companies to book with, advice for travel to the events, tips for first-timers and details about the best parties!   Cannes Film Festival attendees can also find my other guide through Marché du Film distribution during the event.

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The 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most influential platforms for the film industry with press coverage ensuring high publicity across print and digital media.

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Cannes Film Festival 2017 is one of the major events on the French Riviera (image: FDC)

For 2017’s Cannes Film Festival, Spanish film director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar has been selected as the President of the Jury, and Italian actress Monica Bellucci will succeed French actor Laurent Lafitte in her 2017 role as the Mistress of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Romanian director, screenwriter and producer Cristian Mungiu will preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury. Mungiu shared last year’s Best Director Award for his film ‘Graduation’ (the award was shared with Olivier Assayas for his film ‘Personal Shopper’).  Mungiu also won the Palme d’Or in 2007 with his feature ‘4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.’ His ‘Beyond the Hill’ went on to win screenplay and actress prizes.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival will take place from 17 to 28 May 2017.

The 75th Monaco F1 Grand Prix

Track preparations have already started in the Principality of Monaco; it takes around 2 months for the set-up and involves construction of tonnes of grandstands and kilometres of safety barriers.

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(images: MonacoDailyPhoto)

 

During the 4 days of Monaco F1 Grand Prix, (there is also a Grand Prix Historique held every 2 years), it would be fair to say Monaco is a very cool place to visit!

Race fans come to Monaco for the day and crowd the race stands, hotel balconies, apartment terraces and the yachts berthed beside the circuit.   Restaurants and bars are full, hotels are full and parties are happening day and night.

The prestige for the race brings many celebrities to the event, and naturally the luxury sponsors who are keen to capture the allure of a legendary motor race in the public eye.

This year, Monaco F1 Grand Prix is from 25 to 28 May 2017.

I look forward to seeing you there!

About the Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur

The first Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur is a new event for the region and will take place from today until 01 May 2017.

The debut edition of the Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur

Debut edition of the Festival des Jardins de la Côte d’Azur

The theme is ‘L’éveil des sens’, translated as ‘Awakening the senses’ – and I think it is a great initiative for both residents and tourists because there are some really beautiful gardens throughout the French Riviera.

The aim of the Festival is to protect and enhance the regional gardens, and increase awareness of the ‘green’ heritage that has contributed much to the region.

Botanical Heritage

Interest in plants, flowers and making use of the landscape for aesthetic appeal has a vast history along this coastline from 19th-century English aristocrats who travelled globally and returned with plant specimens to acclimatise, to modern garden installations with contemporary sculptures.

The French Riviera region consists of over 80 gardens (excluding public parks), many with exceptional locations that offer sea or hinterland views.   Twelve of these gardens are listed as ‘Remarkable Gardens’; four are in Menton which is well known for it’s gardens.

Many festivals throughout the year maximise the connection to botany:  From Fête du Mimosa in Mandelieu and Fête du Citron in Menton in February, the March festival celebrating the vibrant violettes in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, flower battles in Antibes, Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer, the Fête du Orangier in Bar-sur-Loup in April, Fête du Jasmin in Grasse, rose festivals in La Colle-sur-Loup and the month of gardens in Menton’s summer season.

The Festival Programme

The Festival will be hosted for an entire month (01 April to 01 May 2017) and will comprise of a competition of garden design reserved for landscape architects, landscapers, landscape companies and other professionals where pop-up garden displays of 200m2 will be created in various locations throughout the French Riviera.  An extra garden of 1400m2 will be installed at Promenade du Paillon in Nice.

Entry to these garden displays will be free to the public.  There will be 10 participating gardens for the first Festival.

Cannes:  Villa Rothschild (note: This is hosted at Villa Rothschild in Cannes, not Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St Jean Cap Ferrat)

Grasse:  Villa Fragonard

Juan les Pins / Antibes:  Pinède Gould 

Menton:  Jardins Biovès

Nice:  Albert 1er Garden on the Promenade du Paillon

Villa Rothschild in Cannes is a participant in the Festival des Jardins de la Cote d’Azur

The winners of the garden design competition will receive the following prizes:

– The jury prize will receive €10000 donated by the Département des Alpes-Maritimes.

– The public choice prize (honorary prize) will be decided from votes throughout the Festival.

– The press prize (honorary prize), will be presented tomorrow on Sunday, April 2, 2017, by a press jury composed of a dozen journalists from  media specializing in gardens and ‘life style’, from France and Europe.

To find out more about the garden locations and designs, click on this link Festival des Jardins information

For families

There will be a free treasure hunt at the 10 garden displays where you follow the white rabbit!   The treasure hunt starts at 2pm until 5.30pm on the following dates:

  • Nice 01 and 02 April 2017
  • Menton 08 and 09 April 2017
  • Cannes 15 and 16 April 2017
  • Antibes – Juan-les-Pins 22 and 23 April 2017
  • Grasse  29 and 30 April 2017

Children can also join a free patisserie workshop at Villa Rothschild on 01 April at 2pm, a potager workshop at Pinede Gould in Juan les Pins on 15 and 16 April 2017 and various art workshops.

 

Festival OFF

The Fringe Festival that is additional to the garden displays will include open days, guided tours, talks and exhibitions.  Most of these activities will be free, with some entry fees applicable for visits and entertainment that are part of the schedule.

For a list of activities, refer to the official website link Festival des Jardins: Le OFF

Special deals

For visitors to the French Riviera during the Festival des Jardins, you can benefit from special promotions running in conjunction with the event including discounts of up to 20% on Nice accommodation and sightseeing passes.

To see the deals, click on the link here:  http://jardins.nicetourisme.com/z8691w120260e1_fr-festival-des-jardins-de-la-cote-d-azur.aspx

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Credits:  Festival poster, video, images courtesy of the Département des Alpes-Maritimes

 

Family-friendly ideas for Easter 2017 on the French Riviera

Easter, or Pâques, sees a whole host of April activities for the ‘vacances de printemps’ or Easter school holidays that start on the French Riviera after class on Friday 7 April with kids returning to school on Monday 24 April.

Family holiday activities for Easter on the French Riviera

There is plenty to do during the Easter school holidays with restaurants having Easter breakfasts, farms having egg hunts and many businesses hosting creative workshops for egg decorating or chocolate-making.

As well as themed Easter activities, kids of any age can enjoy playing on the beach as the weather is usually favorable or a trip to the Lérins Islands before the crowds arrive on the mainland in summer.

Take a family trip to a hilltop village and visit the local markets; stall holders often give polite children a sample of something tasty like a piece of cheese or gâteau, and many markets have buskers and street performers. There’s usually stalls selling things such as key rings, sweet pastries, hair ties or vintage die-cast cars for spending pocket money.

Easter Egg Hunts and Other Easter activities on the French Riviera

The French love chocolate, so expect everything and anything chocolate including supermarkets selling all the foil-wrapped eggs and chocolatiers with beautiful window displays!  However, there are lots of activities that don’t revolve around chocolate only.

Cannes

Wednesday 19 April: Musée de la Castre is hosting an Easter art workshop for kids aged 5-7 years.  Details at:  http://www.cannes.com/fr/culture/musee-de-la-castre/ateliers/annee-2017/avril/le-lapin-de-paques.html

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Saturday 08 April:  Easter egg hunt at Parc de la revere

Grasse

Monday 04 to Friday 15 April:  At CandyPlay Choco in Plan de Grasse, there is 2 weeks of creative (morning) and gourmet (afternoon) workshops.

Sunday 16 April:  From 10am to midday, a free treasure hunt for kids with a chocolate gift at the end!  Held at the Museum of Art and History (MAHP), Les Jardins du MIP and the Musée International de la Parfumerie (MIP).

Easter 2017 treasure hunt at the museums of Grasse/Mouans Sartoux

La Colle-sur-Loup

Saturday 08 April and Saturday 15 April:  Gourmandises de Paques from 9 am to 1 pm.  Note: The egg hunt is €3 per child.

Easter 2017 in La Colle-sur-Loup

Levens

Monday 17 April:  Easter egg hunt at 3pm at the Hill

Monaco / Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer have a whole programme of Easter delights from 15-17 April including Easter menus and family-friendly activities.  For the full list, go to ‘Easter 2017 with Monte-Carlo SBM.’

Mouans Sartoux

Sunday 16 April:  From 10am to midday, a free treasure hunt for kids with a chocolate gift at the end!  Held at the MIP Gardens (JMIP).

Nice

Saturday 15th to Monday 17 April:  At Parc Phoenix, there will be 2 egg hunts: 1 for children up to 6 years old, and one for 6-12 year olds. Toddlers are provided with a basket and must find eggs hidden under the straw which they exchange for chocolate eggs on the stand at the exit of the park.  Kids aged from 6 years, have a treasure hunt with animal and floral clues that lead to big numbered eggs where they can win chocolate eggs.  Park entrance fee unchanged.

Monday 17 April: Have a continental breakfast from 9am-11.30am with the Easter bunny at Hard Rock Café Nice with an Egg Hunt, a creative workshop, a puppet show and the chance to find a Golden Ticket to win a free birthday party.  Reservations essential, more details at this link ‘Easter 2017 at Hard Rock Café Nice’.

Breakfast with Bunny for Easter 2017

Parc Alpha Loup

Sunday 16 April:  Easter activities including egg hunt, L’Atelier de l’Apprenti Chocolatier for kids 5 years and older to make chocolate goodies with 3 workshops available from 11am to 12:30pm / 1.30pm to 3pm / 3pm to 4.30pm. More info:  http://www.alpha-loup.com/english/actu-eggs-hunt-amp-chocolat-workshop-actualites-46.html

Saint Blaise

Saturday 15 April:  Easter egg hunt at the old mill at 2pm

Easter 2017 in Saint Blaise

Saint Cézaire-sur-Siagne

Monday 17 April: From 10am to 6pm, discover the farm at the Chèvrerie du Bois d’Amon with an egg hunt starting at 11am and animal feeding throughout the day

Saint-Laurent-du-Var

Lou Pitchoun Parc has games and Easter workshops during school holidays; on the 15th April they have 2 egg hunts at 3pm and 5pm.

Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey

Saturday 15 April:  Easter egg hunt at the Chapelle St Luce at 2.30pm

Tourrette-Levens

Saturday 15 April:  Easter egg hunt at the Château at 4.30pm

Easter 2017 in Tourrette-Levens

Valbonne

Sunday 02 April:  From 10am-6pm, Urbaine and friends are hosting a Happy Easter Fair with goodies for sale including Easter eggs, prosecco, chocolate, cupcakes, tea, wine, jewellery, coffee, juices, wraps, homeware, fashion and stationery.   Event address:  Mas De Valbonne 357 Chemin du Parrou 06560 Valbonne

 

Valdeblore / Saint-Martin-Vésubie

Sunday 16 April:  2 Easter egg hunts in St-Martin-Vésubie

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16 and 17 April:  The Village des Fous will have egg catapults every hour at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm – catch the eggs in the air or find them when they land on the ground!  Egg hunt is included in admission price to the park.  Note:  This event is unconfirmed.

Easter activities elsewhere in France

If you’re visiting France at Easter there are regional events happening everywhere, check with the local Tourism Office for a schedule of what’s happening in the city or town you plan to visit.  Here are a few Easter 2017 events beyond the French Riviera:

Arles hosts an Easter Festival (Feria de Pâques) from 14-17 April 2017 with the opening of the French bullfighting season.  There are bullfights in the Arena and lots of activities.

The Feria de Pâques in Arles is an annual festival held at Easter

France’s biggest Easter egg hunt is held at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy an hour’s drive from Paris, with 35,000 eggs hidden in André Le Nôtre’s garden, egg decorating workshops and a musketeers show. Visit on Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 10am-6pm.   Watch the video below for what to expect (video courtesy of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte).

Provins, located 80km southeast of Paris is a UNESCO-listed town that will host an Easter egg hunt on 16th and 17th April 2017.  Families can enjoy the egg hunt, and afterwards explore the town which is remarkable for its 58 listed monuments and medieval architecture as well as falconry and knights shows.

Provins, a UNESCO-listed town will host Easter activities

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Pink Ribbon Monaco Charity Walk – Sunday 12 March

This weekend, the Principality of Monaco will be out in force to support the 6th Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk that is being held from 10am on Sunday 12 March.

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk : Sunday 12 March 2017

About Pink Ribbon Monaco

Pink Ribbon Monaco is a 100% non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness on methods of early breast cancer detection and prevention through various campaigns and events.  Pink Ribbon Monaco works closely with medical professionals to provide assistance and support when and where it is needed.

With the backing and guidance of the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, they target the areas in need of assistance and their breast cancer awareness campaigns aims to educate the general public on prevention and early detection, support patients and celebrate life to the fullest while promoting well-being and a healthy lifestyle!

The Pink Ribbon Monaco walk

The walk circuit is 5 kilometres with the start on the esplanade of Port Hercule in central Monaco – look for the tent beside the podium truck.   The start line is easy to find and only 10 minutes from the Monaco-Monte Carlo train station and car parking is an easy distance at Place des Armes or the port.

Registrations will be accepted right up to the event start so you can either register online at http://www.pinkribbon.mc, or at the Running Expo at the Stade Louis II on Friday or Saturday from 1pm-7pm (the actual walk is Sunday though).  You can find the Pink Ribbon team at Stade Louis II at the rear entrance.

The entry fee of €30 includes a pink t-shirt as well as a bib to write a message of support to someone who has inspired you for this walk.

Each year the event is attended by walkers showing support for their grandmother, mother, sister, wife, friend – it is a worthy cause that touches many lives so skip your Sunday brunch and come along!

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk 2017 circuit

Lots of families take part; all children are welcome and kids under 13 years are free; the walk is easy and fun.  Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink – feather boas, crazy hats, pink sunglasses, the crazier the better I say!

What your €30 entry fee goes towards

This year, Pink Ribbon Monaco is raising funds to help a medical trial held between the Centre Lacasagne in Nice and the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco. They will be studying two particularly tough strains of breast cancer, HER2+ and TNBC.

Throughout the year, your 30€ contribution helps Pink Ribbon Monaco:

  • 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.

 

 During the Walk, your 30€ also helps:

  • Contribute to the Federation Monegasque d’Athlètisme and Monaco Run, our hosts for the event. The FMA donates a great deal of material to us, but we still contribute to insurance and other costs attached to the Walk.

  • Our fabric bags, as this year we replaced the plastic bags for reusable, ecological fabric

  • Printing posters and displaying them across Monaco and neighbouring towns.

If you can’t attend the charity walk, you can simply give a donation of any amount.

When:  Sunday 12 March 2017 at 10.00am, Port Hercule in Monaco

For online registration or to make a donation, please go to www.pinkribbon.mc

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An Artist’s Journey in Nice : Guest Blog

Today’s guest blog is from Erick Sabelskjold, the Managing Director of a Nice-based fine art agency, Sabelskjold Art Agency.   I would like to thank and acknowledge Erick’s input in writing this blog article and sharing some of his favorite places to enjoy art in Nice and the surrounds.  Enjoy!

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Art in Nice and surrounds

I have the fantastic fortune to live in Nice, France, the heart of the French Riviera.  Every day here feels like you are transported to years gone by when Sophia Loren would grace the promenade with her beauty and elegance. Nice is a magical city filled with excitement, beauty and romance.

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There is so much more to Nice then the nightlife, trendy cafes, and incredible cuisine.

For those of you that have visited Nice before you know the city is bathed in stunning captivating art. This art in not just in galleries, the city itself is a work of art.  From Promenade des Anglais to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, there are new discoveries waiting around every turn.  It is difficult to narrow down the best places to see art in Nice so I will go with my personal favorites.

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My favorite part of Nice hands down is Old Town.  The walking streets of Old Town (Vieux Nice) slows the pace of the city and as you make your way through the butchers and leather makers that have been here for generations you become captivated by the character and beauty of the city.

The streets of Old Town are lined with talented, passionate painters and sculptors. There are several art tours available in Nice but believe me discovering these hidden gems is much more exciting on your own. Rue Droite is an excellent place to start your adventure through old town walking streets.  Here, you will find many internationally collected artists.

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One of the most interesting Old Town locations to see art in Nice is Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate.  The captivating murals painted inside the church are just the beginning.  The church also has 3 organs and an altar with the remains of the martyred St Reparata. The story of St Reparata found within the church is fascinating; and then to see the altar of her remains in such a picturesque church is moving.

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No trip to Old Town Nice would be complete without a breathtaking view from Tower Bellanda.  You can either take the stairs to the the top of the tower or pay a small fee for the elevator. Looking out over the turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea, you can understand why for centuries artists have been inspired and motivated to create art in Nice.

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There is no shortage of Museums in the city of Nice and surrounding areas, from public to private and even the homes of famous artists that lived in the area. At the top of my museum list is the Picasso Museum in Antibes, just a short train ride away.  The museum is set in an old castle fort right on the sea with views looking out over the yacht marina to the snow capped Alps.

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The museum houses an amazing collection of Picasso’s work while he lived in Antibes including paintings, sculptures and intimate photos of him working in his studio. There are also several other famous artists in the Museum like Nicolas de Stael. The museum has a patio that looks directly over the sea with interesting sculptures.

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You don’t have to be an art aficionado to enjoy all the art that Nice has to offer.  Awe-inspiring art surrounds you everywhere you go in this beautiful city.  From the cafe lined streets, to the museums and art studios, there is art in Nice for everyone to be moved and fascinated by.  In the heart of the French Riviera, I know you will find something beautiful that will touch your soul.

Sabelskjold Art Agency, located in Nice and South Florida, specializes in art collecting experiences and helping clients create the perfect custom piece of art for their space. We also partner with interior designers sourcing the perfect piece of art to complete their project.  Sabelskjold Art Agency is client forward focused and provides unmatched client experiences and services.

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