Fashion Show in Juan les Pins – Friday 27 March 2015

If you’re searching for something to brighten up your week, head along to the FIG fashion show this Friday evening at News Caffé in Juan les Pins.

FIG is a high end fashion brand that is launching on the French Riviera and will be staging 2 fashion shows on Friday 27 March 2015 – one at 7pm and one at 9pm.

The FIG range covers brand names including Mara Hoffman (New York), Tolani (Milan), Valentina de Pietri and more…the défilé is in collaboration with Riviera Classic Car Rental who will kindly be displaying some of their stunning rental vehicles at the entrance to News Caffé – a Mustang and a true European classic, a Lambretta scooter.

Other participating businesses include hair styling by Kellee’s Hair Design, makeup by Irina from Allure Makeup, photography by Paul Oatway and a DJ making this the place to be seen this Friday night!

FIG Fashion Show, Friday 27 March 2015, Juan les Pins (promotional poster courtesy of Fig Leisurewear)

FIG Fashion Show, Friday 27 March 2015, Juan les Pins (promotional poster courtesy of Fig Leisurewear http://www.fig-boutique.com)

Links for show participants:

Ingrid – FIG leisurewear and Home décor

https://www.facebook.com/pages/FIG-leisurewear-and-Home-decor/583118515141336
http://www.fig-boutique.com

Kellee – Kellee’s Hair Design – Your Authentic English Speaking Hairdresser, Riviera

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kellees-Hair-Design-Riviera/705444629539546
www.kelleeshairdesign.com

Irina – Allure Makeup – Freelance makeup artist

https://www.facebook.com/alluremakeup.il
http://www.alluremakeup.fr

Riviera Classic Car Rental

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riviera-Classic-Car-Rental/1549619028605928?fref=ts

www.rivieraclassiccarhire.com

Paul Oatway – Photographer

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Headshots-By-Oatway/593085114150642?fref=ts

News Caffé, Juan Les Pins
https://www.facebook.com/pages/News-Caff%C3%A9-Juan-Les-Pins/630857656938024

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Port clean-up and dance party in Golfe Juan – Saturday 13 June 2015

A cause close to my heart – keeping our oceans and waterways clean – is being hosted by Terre Propre at a free local event at Port Camille Rayon on Saturday 13 June 2015.

The event will be comprised of 2 parts:

1)  From 9am-11am, a clean-up of the port and surrounding areas.  Gloves and pick-up tongs will be supplied.  Families welcome, and there will be environmental activity workshops for children to teach the importance of protecting the environment, fishing for rubbish etc…The public is invited to attend to help clean up the port area, and will be supported by divers and 2 boats on the surface.

Rubbish collected at the 2014 clean-up (image: TerrePropre)

Rubbish collected at the 2014 clean-up (image: TerrePropre)

Children's workshops at the Golfe Juan port clean-up event (poster courtesy of TerrePropre)

Children’s workshops at the Golfe Juan port clean-up event (poster courtesy of TerrePropre)

2)  A dance party that same evening at Theâtre de la Mer at the port.  Doors open from 5.30pm.  Participants of the port clean-up during that morning receive free entry to the dance party (limited numbers); all other attendees must purchase tickets either in advance via the MindWorld website, designated ticket outlets or at the door on the night.

Clean-up at Golfe Juan port, Saturday 13 June 2015 (event by Terre Propre)

Clean-up at Golfe Juan port, Saturday 13 June 2015 (event by Terre Propre)

The port clean-up is an initiative by Terre Propre who promote the preservation of our environment and clean-up ventures of our ocean.  You must pre-register for the port clean-up, please email info@terrepropre.com with your full name and contact phone number.  Visit their website for more information www.terrepropre.com

The dance party that same night is organised by MindWorld, head to www.mindworld.fr for registration and ticket information.

KHAINZ – Luzern/Suisse – LIVE
D-Nox & Beckers – Berlin / Allemagne – LIVE
TOM PARRIS– Londres/Angleterre  
KRISTOFO – Paris
OSMOZ – Nice 
Sonorisation et Eclairage :  Live Acoustic
Décoration :THE MAD STUDIO

Please support this local clean-up event by joining their Facebook pages:

Mindworld Facebook Event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/730733860343578/

Surfrider Alpes-Maritimes Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SurfriderAntenne06

(Images and event posters courtesy of Terre Propre and MindWorld)

A Secret Undersea City on the French Riviera

 

Secret or not, locals living on the French Riviera between Cannes and Cap d’Antibes and tourists to the region may be surprised to know there is an abandoned underwater city lurking just off the coast.

If you look from the port of Golfe Juan towards Île Saint-Marguerite you will see a small striped lighthouse, La Pierre Fourmigue, mid-way in the bay.

Pierre Fourmigue lighthouse (La Fourmigue) off the coast of Golfe Juan

Pierre Fourmigue lighthouse (La Fourmigue) off the coast of Golfe Juan

Thirty metres underwater near this lighthouse, lie the remains of a 1000 m2 French town complete with remparts, church, hotel, hairdressers, town square and amphitheatre.

Why it was built

The miniature maritime city was constructed by French filmmakers in the 1960’s who wanted to shoot parts of their movie, L’Enfant et la Sirène (The Child and the Mermaid) on a real underwater film set.

Old photos of the underwater film set near Pierre Fourmigue lighthouse

Old photos of the underwater film set near Pierre Fourmigue lighthouse

The ambitious underwater filming approach was eventually abandoned in favour of an animation studio based in Paris, and the French Riviera film set was left to the elements.

What remains of the city today

In 2007, a local diving company formed a restoration project and have been maintaining the many buildings including restoring tiny ceramic tiles and bridges.

Underwater city near Pierre Fourmigue lighthouse

Underwater city near Pierre Fourmigue lighthouse

Today, the only visitors to this underwater city are shoals of fish and keen divers.

Another interesting dive site nearby

Near the Fourmigue lighthouse is another dive site with an interesting link to diving history – Le Sec de Miro (Le Grotte de Miro) which has a bust of Commandant Yves Le Prieur, who was an officer in the French Navy.

It seems Monsieur Le Prieur had many talents as he was the first Frenchman to earn a black belt in judo, and invented many things including a rocket launcher to take down observation balloons and the first self-contained underwater breathing apparatus – or scuba, as the world knows it today.

Commandant Yves Le Prieur and his 1934 French patent for scuba apparatus

Commandant Yves Le Prieur and his 1934 French patent for scuba apparatus

The concrete bust of Le Prieur was created by an artist called Amaryllis, is 80cm high and weighs 100kg. It was submerged at this location in 1985. So, why does the site have the name Miro attached to it? It seems that this sculptor had put one of his artworks here originally and that some thieves stole it.

Is it possible to visit these dive sites

Yes – both sites can be visited. You can book dive tours with either of these companies below:

Diamond Diving http://www.diamonddiving.fr/

Golfe Plongee http://www.golfe-plongee.com

 

Sources: MessyNessy, golfe-juan.fr, BuzzFeed

Images : Michal Krysztofowicz – colour images.  Golfe-juan.fr – lighthouse image (disclaimer:  I have tried to source who took the old photos to no avail but will duly credit them and ask permission if I find out).