Activities – ANTIBES (Theâtre show, 6 and 7 June 2014)

The magic of the internet and social media bought my attention to an overseas blog the other day and the fantastic work done fundraising for schools and a health clinic in Cambodia.

I have a huge interest in charities affecting children, and this blog resonated with me as a very important cause and a great belief in my eyes that children receive education if possible and a chance at opportunities in life.

How does this link to my own blog here on the French Riviera?  One of their Cambodian schools has been christened as ‘Antibes School’, a lovely gesture in consideration of the hard work and fundraising from local people in this region, including efforts from Hilary King who is based on the Cap d’Antibes.

Hilary King previously directed the Red Pear Théâtre in Antibes, and now produces professional musical and theatrical productions in English in support of the Cambodian cause.

This coming week on two nights – 6 and 7 June – Hilary will be hosting a World  Premiere cabaret at La Timonerie, when National Treasure, Anne Reid returns to the Riviera to give the very first performances of her brand new cabaret “Love Bytes.” 

Anne is one of Britain’s most-loved and respected actors, star of the very popular Last Tango in Halifax, Ladies of Letters, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street.

Ever since she was memorably electrocuted by a hair dryer in the early days of Corrie, Anne has been a familiar figure to audiences everywhere in her many roles on television, stage and screen.  In 2004 she received accolades and acclaim for her starring role in the film The Mother, as a woman who has an affair with her daughter’s boyfriend, played by Daniel Craig.

Her cabaret career started right here in Antibes in July 2012.  That first show, performed with her award-winning musical director Stuart Hutchinson, went from La Timonerie to the West End where she garnered rave reviews in the national press. 
Never was “book now to avoid disappointment” more sincerely meant! Anne’s unique talents, humour and warmth make for an unforgettable evening of pure cabaret joy.
Please note the show is at La Timonerie and NOT (for technical reasons) at Théâtre Antibea as previously stated. La Timonerie has a ground-floor toilet for show patrons, and any persons with reduced mobility must advise in advance to allow for seating arrangements.
What: Cabaret theatre show ‘Love Bytes’ starring Anne Reid
Where:  La Timonerie, 250 avenue Malespine, 06160 Cap d’Antibes.  Note: Off boulevard du Cap on the corner of avenue Malespine is an estate agent called Kapnist.
Time:  Show commences at 8pm.  All attendees welcomed from 7.40pm onwards. The show is preceded by a short introduction about what they have helped achieve in Cambodia, then Annie’s cabaret is around 1hour 30minutes with a 15 minute intermission for complimentary refreshments.
Cost: Donations of 25 euros (cash please) include complimentary wine and canapés at intermission. All donations go, as always, directly to the schools’ project in Cambodia.
Seating:  There will be a limit for seating, so book now to avoid disappointment.  Contact Hilary King directly to reserve your seats, via French number 06 63 63 19 01
Transport:  La Timonerie is easily accessed via car from nearby Antibes or Juan les Pins. There is carparking on the street outside the venue.  There is no train station nearby.  Alternatively, refer below:
  • Buses:  Number 2 bus with Envibus departs Antibes Gare Routière at 7.10pm. Current timetable is here  ligne002_oct13reed_web Get off at a stop on boulevard du Cap after Jardin Thuret.  You will need to find return transport after the show as these buses do not run late in the evening.
  • Taxis:  You can contact Allo Taxis on local French number 04 93 65 33 87, or why not combine the cabaret show with a sightseeing tour beforehand? – prebook your Tuk Tuk tour with TukTukAzur via

For more information and to support Educating Cambodia:

Website: www.educatingcambodia

Twitter: @educambodia



Activities – ANTIBES (Déantibulations, 12-15 June 2014)

The 11th year of Déantibulations is being held in the streets of Antibes from 12 June – 15 June 2014, and I highly recommended it for family entertainment.

Déantibulations Festival - Spectacles de rue (poster from

Déantibulations Festival – Spectacles de rue (poster from

Organised by the Association Culture Loisirs Antibes (A.C.L.A), this series of free events includes over 20 public displays of theatre, fireworks, dance, circus acts including acrobatics and trapeze, mime, music including Brazilian percussion and reggae, and comedy.

I like the idea of the Caravaning Club – a mini show with pianist and singer held in the space of a caravan for just 16 spectators.

Download the festival programme here with information on dates and locations deantibulations-programme2014

Most of the shows are being held in Antibes Old Town in areas with flat, paved ground so they are accessible for families with baby strollers/buggies, and also persons with reduced mobility.

Accessible toilets are located near plage Gravette, an automated pay-toilet on rue Lacan (opposite L’Appart Thé), and at Café Félix near the port.

Food and drink – NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA

Nutella, the popular spread, has recently turned 50.  That is a big milestone to celebrate, especially for a food product and it is a huge success here in France.

I’m not a fan of Nutella myself but sometimes I admit to an occasional fondness for a banana and Nutella crêpe.  As they say, when in Rome do as they Romans do…

Nutella was created by Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker from Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy and the founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, cocoa was in short supply due to World War Two rationing so Mr Ferrero used hazelnuts instead, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region to extend the chocolate supply.

Nutella (image

Nutella (image

It was first imported from Italy to America about 25 years ago, and today is the number one selling branded hazelnut spread in America.

Italia Post has marked the 50-year birthday with a commemorative stamp, and recently held ‘Nutella Days’.

Nutella get's its own stamp!

Nutella get’s its own stamp!

Nutella contains ingredients such as palm oil, roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa – don’t forget the sugar, which equates to a whopping 21 grams in a serving of two-tablespoons (37 grams).

The French are definitely ‘Nuts about Nutella!’.

Activities – CANNES (Short Film screening, Tues 20 May 2014)

As an able-bodied person who has previously coached a Special Olympics football team, I have witnessed first-hand the triumphs and struggles that disabled people face daily.

‘Just because a person has a disability that doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have the same kind of desires, hopes and dreams as everyone else! – Director’s Statement

Director Bruce B. Gordon has been inspired to create a short film that champions this cause, and it is being showcased in Cannes alongside Film Festival at Entr’2 Marches, the 5e Festival International du Court Métrage sur le Thème du Handicap (5th Annual International Disability-Themed Short Film Festival).

Whole ‘Nother Level“, is being shown to make the public more sensitive to disabled people’s struggles to live and be treated like everyone else.  It’s the story of a young man approaching adulthood, whose chance for independent living is in jeopardy because of his disability.  This touches all of us, who, at some time in our lives, have something that tries to force us to live a lesser life than we would like to have.

Whole 'Nother Level, a film by Bruce B. Gordon (promotional material copyright to Bruce B. Gordon)

Whole ‘Nother Level, a film by Bruce B. Gordon (promotional material copyright to Bruce B. Gordon)

If you are in Cannes or on the Côte d’Azur during Festival time, please do support this Short Film and it’s message by attending the screening.

Attending: Bruce B. Gordon (Director/Writer/Producer), Gail Gordon, (Executive Producer), Tony Chiu, (Associate Producer & Director of Photography), Alain Azoulay (Co-star) and more.

What:  Whole ‘Nother Level (duration: 19 mins 27 seconds)

When: Tuesday 20 May 2014 in the 6pm – 9pm block

Where: Salle de Spectacle
45 Rue de Mimont
06400, Cannes

The Salle de Spectacle is just 12 minutes from Cannes port and the Palais des Festivals on the Croisette, and 5 minutes from the Gare de Cannes SNCF (Cannes train station).

For screening location, refer to map below:10365974_648127455223487_8041212454011452035_n

Cost: Free admission to the public. Places can be reserved via local French phone number 06 64 41 04 30

Visit the film distribution links below:

Distrify: (Film is for rent or purchase)

IndieFlix: (Subscription based)

All images and website links are copyright to Bruce B. Gordon and/or Bruce Gordon Media.

Access Riviera’s local Cannes tips:

– There are accessible toilets located at the Cannes train station that are open 7 days a week (50 centimes must be paid to the attendant), and on the Croisette adjacent to Plage Macé.

– For a pre-screening apéritif, my recommendation is Le Cirque located two minutes from the Cannes train station at 30 rue Hoche, Cannes.

– The Gare de Cannes SNCF (Cannes train station) lies on the coastal train line.  For current timetables between Mandelieu-Cannes-Nice-Ventimille click here FH_04_Mandelieu_Cannes_Grasse_Nice_Vintimille_avril2014_V2_tcm-27-101368

– Download the free ‘Festival de Cannes mobile application for Festival news, photos from the red carpet, interviews and more. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.

Other websites:

– Association des Paralysés de France (in French)

– HandiTourism Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur

– Infirmité motrice cérébrale (Cerebral palsy), contact Institut d’Education Motrice (IEM Rossetti) based in Nice


Activities – MOUANS-SARTOUX (Fête de la Nature, Sat 24 May 2014)

The Côte d’Azur is buzzing with so many events during the last fortnight of May including the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix.

However, there are numerous small-scale local events that warrant a visit for families, and these smaller community festivals are one of the reasons I enjoy living in France.

This week between Wednesday 21 May – Saturday 24 May, Fête de la Nature is being held throughout France.  Fête de la Nature is focussed on activities around conservation and learning about nature.

Locally, it is being held in Mouans-Sartoux at the Jardins de MIP.

Jardins de MIP, Mouans Sartoux (image copyright Musées de Grasse)

Jardins de MIP, Mouans Sartoux (image copyright Musées de Grasse)

At the Fête de la Nature, from 10am, there are various free activities detailing gardening, recognising birdsong, and guided visits of the garden.  At 5.30pm, children aged 8 years and upwards can participate in stories, songs and puppetry.  There will be a restaurant onsite selling bio-organic meals.

When: Saturday 24 May, 2014

Time:  10am-6pm

Where:  Les Jardins du Musée International de la Parfumerie (also known as Jardins de MIP), 979 chemin des Gourettes, 06370 Mouans-Sartoux (next to Botanic)

Cost: FREE

Access: Carparking onsite, or from Cannes you can take bus number 600, get off at stop ‘Les Gourmettes’. Here is the bus timetable 600

For more information about Jardins de MIP, see their website


Activities – CANNES (Cinéma de la Plage 2014, open-air cinema)

Every evening during the Cannes Film Festival 2014, there is an open-air cinema screening films out-of-competition and Cannes Classics.

Cinéma de la Plage, Cannes (image

Cinéma de la Plage, Cannes (image

Cinéma de la Plage is open to the public – to locate it, head to Plage Macé, the beach adjacent to the park beside the Palais des Festivals and opposite the Majestic Barriere Hotel.  Screenings commence from 9.30pm nightly.  Take a picnic and arrive early to get a deckchair.

The 2014 screenings are:

Thursday 15 May at 9:30pm OTTO E MEZZO (8 1/2) by Federico Fellini (1963, duration 2hours 18minutes)

Friday 16 May at 9:30pm PER QUALCHE DOLLARO IN PIU (For a Few Dollars More) by Sergio Leone (1965, duration 2hours 12minutes)

Saturday 17 May at 9:30 pm THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY by Sergio Leone (1966, duration 3hours 36minutes)

Sunday 18 May at 9:30pm UNITED PASSIONS by Frédéric Auburtin (2014, duration 1hour 50minutes)

Monday 19 May at 9:30pm  SECONDS by John Frankenheimer (1966, duration 1hour 40minutes)

Tuesday 20 May at 9:30pm THE WARRIORS by Walter Hill (1979, duration 1hour 32minutes)

Wednesday 21 May at 9:30pm LA FOLIE DES GRANDEURS (Delusions of Grandeur) by Gérard Oury (1971, duration 1hour 50minutes)

Thursday 22 May at 9:30 pm POLYESTER by John Waters (1981, duration 1hour 26minutes)

Friday 23 May at 9:30pm PULP FICTION by Quentin Tarantino (1994, duration 2hours 33minutes)

Saturday 24 May at 9:30pm PURPLE RAIN by Albert Magnoli (1984, duration 1hour 55minutes)

I hope to see you there with your feet in the sand!

General information – ANTIBES Tourist Office / JUAN LES PINS Tourist Office

Due to the renovation of the façade of the Grand Hotel building that housed the main Antibes Office de Tourisme, the office is now in a new location.

Grand Hotel Antibes at place de Gaulle that previously housed the Office de Tourisme (image: Wikimedia)

Grand Hotel Antibes at place de Gaulle that previously housed the Office de Tourisme (image: Wikimedia)

Previously, you could find the Office de Tourisme here at street-level at place de Gaulle, current from May 2014 it is now located at 42 avenue Robert Soleau (nearer to the train station).

The opening hours are:

September to June

Monday to Friday 9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-6pm

Saturday 9am-12pm and 2pm-6pm

Sunday 9am-1pm

July and August

Open every day from 9am-7pm

There is also a satellite Tourist Office in Antibes Old Town at 32 boulevard d’Aguillon.

In Juan les Pins, the only Tourist Office used to be on the seafront (boulevard Charles Guillamont). From the last quarter of 2013, this office has moved and is now situated in the Palais des Congrès centre, 60 chemin des Sables, 06160 Juan les Pins.

All Tourist Offices are accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

They have local maps, transport timetables, flyers of sightseeing tours and offer advice on transportation and attractions.

Their official website is