COMPETITION : Squibbles Giveaway

After a few months in confinement it’s great that my kids aren’t going bananas at home. We’ve powered through arts and crafts, dress-up dinner parties and finished every puzzle and board game within reach.

Just in time for summer I have two copies to give away of ‘Squibbles’.

Squibbles by Jay Stansfield

Wittily illustrated by UK-based creative artist Jay Stansfield and printed in Italy, Squibbles is just the remedy for enjoying sunny creative days.

Why we like Squibbles

• Squibbles is a fun, coloring book and journal packed with zany creatures, monsters, mermaids and doodles.

• The illustrations aren’t gender specific, so boys and girls will enjoy the book.

• The book is a soft cover but it’s super sturdy. My kids have dropped it, rolled it up and frisbee’d it (sorry Jay!) to each other and the pages or cover haven’t ripped at all.

My sons gave Squibbles a test drive and both gave it a thumbs up!

“ I like this colouring book because you can use your imagination to design what you want” – Lucas, 9 years

“ Squibbles is fun! I like all the drawings and I can use my own colours to make it look cool.” – Josh, 4 years

TO WIN a copy of Squibbles is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1) ‘Like’ the Facebook page for Access Riviera :

2) ‘Like’ the Facebook page for Jay Stansfield :

3) Leave a comment on Access Riviera’s Facebook page (or this blog post) telling me why you want to win Squibbles.

I have two copies to give away. The closing date is midday on Saturday June 27.

This competition is strictly for entries based in France. Winners will be chosen and contacted afterwards.

Squibbles by Jay Stansfield is also available to buy here:

Have you attended Le Dîner en Blanc ? Find out more via A French Collection

Annette Charlton from A French Collection explains more about Le Dîner Blanc, a wonderful meet-up now hosted in over 30 countries.

An intimate French inspired picnic with over 5,000 guests all dressed in white meeting at a secret location for an evening of dining, music and dancing is the Le Dîner en Blanc. Le Dîner en Blanc started in Paris by François Pasquier in 1988 and has taken the world by storm for those that love…

via Le Dîner en Blanc – French White Dinner — A French Collection

Top family-friendly ideas to entertain kids on a French Riviera Yacht Charter — French Riviera Luxury

The French Riviera is the most glamorous stretch of coastline in the world, and as such, is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a family yacht charter. Yet there’s actually so much great stuff to do with kids on the Cote d’Azur that you’ll struggle to fit it all in […]

via Things to do with Children on your French Riviera Yacht Charter — French Riviera Luxury

Reblog from L’occasion

Unforgettable Savoie January brings a trip through the Savoie wine region, on the eastern edge of central France. People from all of the world are called to this area for natural beauty, with a crown of Alpine features. It is also home to three wine appellations composed of 20 different geographic districts. Dominant Savoie grapes inclue Mondeuse, Pinot […]

via Savoie with the French #Winophiles — L’occasion

MAPIC Cannes 2016: Leveraging Customer Data for Travel Retail Marketing

Something a bit different from me today!    I have been so busy since Monaco Yacht Show that my poor old blog here has suffered with no regular posts.

But, being busy is great and I have been really happy to have family here during Toussaint holidays and also to be invited to work on some excellent projects lately.  As the saying goes, “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”.

MAPIC Cannes is kicking off soon from 16-18 November and while it’s not entirely related to family travel or accessible travel, I have a big interest in many of the concepts that will be presented there for travel retail.


MAPIC Cannes 2016 (image:  nscs)


If you’re heading to MAPIC Cannes, please do read and share my post found at this link here:  MAPIC Cannes 2016 & Travel Retail


Monaco Yacht Show 2016 — French Riviera Luxury

Hosted annually at Port Hercules, the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will be hosted over four days from 28 September to 1 October 2016 and will welcome key decision-makers from leading yachting and high-end companies to the Principality for the ultimate nautical rendezvous. Well regarded as a cornerstone event on the global yacht show […]

via Monaco Yacht Show 2016 — French Riviera Luxury

Cannes Film Festival Recap in City Out Monaco — Screenwriting & Film Production

Highlights of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in City Out Monaco by Rebecca Whitlocke The link is: photos by Paul Oatway of Oatway Photo

via Cannes Film Festival Recap in City Out Monaco — Screenwriting & Film Production

Inside The World’s Fastest Growing Box Office — Access Riviera

Chinese films. Know any off the top of your head? Chinese directors. Can you name any? Watch this space because the Chinese film market is the world’s fastest growing box office and China is keen to establish itself as a front runner alongside Hollywood goliaths at festivals around the world. At Cannes Film Festival 2016, […]

via China and Film: The World’s Fastest Growing Box Office — Access Riviera

Cannes Film Festival AWARDS! — Screenwriting & Film Production

AWARDS | 22 MAY | FESTIVAL DAY 12 69th Festival de Cannes Awards The winners of the 69th Festival de Cannes © Alberto Pizzoli / AFP The Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes, presided by George Miller, has revealed the names of the 2016 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. Laurent Lafitte welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the […]

via Cannes Film Festival AWARDS! — Screenwriting & Film Production

Star Wars Giveaway with Access Riviera

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released in France!
For any Jedis out there, the French Riviera cinemas screening it in Version Originale (English) are:
Antibes (in 3D)
Cap’Cinéma at the Polygone shopping centre in Cagnes-sur-Mer
Cinémas Variétiés, blvd Victor Hugo in Nice (3D and normal)
Pathé Massena in Nice (3D)
In conjunction with the French movie release, Access Riviera is giving away 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Stamp Collector Sets courtesy of La Poste.
Each set has 4 stamps depicting Darth Vader, Yoda, R2D2 and C3PO and a Stormtrooper.
There is a circulation of just 80,000 sets worldwide so don’t miss your chance to enter my giveaway!
1.  ‘Like‘ and then ‘Share‘ the Access Riviera Facebook Page
2.  Comment on the Star Wars post on the Access Riviera Facebook Page – Who is your favourite Star Wars character from any of the Star Wars films?
3. That’s it!  I’ll draw 3 winners at random on the morning of Wednesday 23 December 2015 with each Collector Set being posted out that day.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the 7th instalment of the Star Wars franchise, and is directed by J. J Abrams, produced by Lucasfilm Ltd/Bad Robot Productions with distribution by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.  Large elements were filmed in Ireland, England and Abu Dhabi. The film premiered in Los Angeles 14 December 2015, had its public release in France yesterday and is scheduled for North American release 18 December 2015.
The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire have become the Resistance and the First Order respectively, and follows new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.
Images: All images copyright and reproduced – La Poste and Lucasfilm Ltd/Bad Robot Productions/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Wine, Truffles & Foie Gras Market

Even in winter, the French Riviera is lucky to experience mostly clear, crisp days with minimal rainfall so traditional festivals and celebrations can be held outside in town squares or rural settings.

Today, Saturday 12 December, any foodie who hasn’t started devouring  festive staples such as oysters or pain d’épice can make a trip to Le Rouret for the 1st Wine, Truffles & Foie Gras Market (Marché du Vin, des Truffes et Foie Gras) that marks the start of the black truffle season for the Alpes-Maritimes department.


Le Rouret is the departmental capital of truffles, and for 18 years the town has dedicated plots of land for truffles.  In fact, the truffle union (yes, it exists!) even prepares a truffle meal at the school cantine for local children to awaken their taste buds so they can experience the subtle flavour.

The festival will have truffle vendors, entertainment and food stalls. At 7.15pm, chef Daniel Ettlinger of Michelin-starred local restaurant Le Clos Saint-Pierre will create truffle tasting dishes with an apéritif for festival attendees.

In continuation, 10 January is the 20th Marché du Truffes at Place du Rouret.

What: Marché du Vin, des Truffes et Foie Gras

Where: Place de la Libération, Le Rouret

Time: 10am-9pm

Top 3 things to do in Cannes outside Festival time

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Cannes has a love/hate relationship with the huge influx of visitors that the annual congrès events and Cannes Film Festival bring to this popular destination.

Bars crammed with people, traffic jams and a visible presence of the charming motorbike cops can overwhelm visitors – but Cannes remains one of my top French Riviera destinations for people-watching.

I’ve had coffee at Le Cirque on rue Hoche, bought Italian leather boots at the Cannes Shopping Festival discounted from €149 to €30 (!), visited Jean-Luc Pelé on rue Meynadier for tasty macarons and walked the length of the Croisette so many times I deserve my own star on the Allée des Étoiles.

If you want to discover the side of Cannes that I love and venture beyond the seafront offerings of the Croisette, here are my recommendations for the ‘Top 3 things to do in Cannes outside Festival time’:

1.   Marché Forville

Marché Forville is definitely…

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