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’Irish in Wonderland'

'Irish in Wonderland' Exciting! Our lovely owner and director of Chez Riviera, Aideen O'Brien, will be appearing on the TV programme 'Irish in Wonderland' tonight at 21.30 GMT on RTE2. Tune in to see her being interviewed in this stunning villa for sale in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera. Situated in Cap Martin, at close proximity to Monaco, this magnificent property is approximately half a hectare large and boasts a beautiful view of the sea and the Principality. The villa offers 9 bedrooms, a luxurious swimming pool, a SPA (2 hammam, sauna, massage room) a gym, a wine cellar along with garages and parking lots. The whole property has a land of 5000m² and a total living space of 900m², surrounded by a landscape garden.…/sale-cap-martin-2-villas-900-m… --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notre chère propriétaire et directrice de l'agence Chez Riviera, Aideen O'Brien, va faire une apparition sur le programme 'Irish in Wonderland' ce soir à 22.30 HEC sur le canal RTE2. Soyez à l’écoute pour voir son entretien dans cette villa incroyable situé à Roquebrun-Cap-Martin sur la Côte d'Azur. Vaste propriété d'environ 0.5 hectares située à proximité de Monaco avec sa magnifique vue mer et de la principauté monégasque. La villa vous offre 9 chambres, une piscine de luxe, un spa (2 hammam, sauna, salle de massage), une salle de sport, une cave à vin ainsi que des garages et parkings. Le tout sur 5000 m² de jardin paysagé pour 900 m² de surface habitable.…/sale-cap-martin-2-villas-900-m…  

The Vibrant Street Markets of Nice


You are enjoying the most wonderful holiday in Nice, the warmth of the sun on your face whilst you take an unhurried amble along the winding streets.  You chance upon a vibrant street market and your senses are all at once delighted. Colourful blooms, the smell of freshly baked bread, the delicate texture of a lacey rococo tablecloth, ripe fruits and vegetables fresh from the ground, curiosities and antiques and the excited chatter of traders plying their wares. This is the life, if only you could visit more often, then it strikes you – you can! There are plenty of properties for sale in Nice, why shouldn’t you splash out and find the perfect Nice bolt-hole for you and yours.   A holiday home in Nice, or even one step further, a permanent home, would afford you the privilege of visiting the myriad of markets in and around Nice. There’s no shortage – the French absolutely adore a good market and where there’s a market there’s a regular supply of French citizens purchasing whatever they need for the day. Where food is concerned fresh is best and the large commercial supermarkets are reserved for run of the mill household stuff.  For this reason, market days are a regular occurrence in Provence and the Cote d’Azur.   A visit to a farmer’s market will make your taste buds tingle, regional fresh fruit and vegetables, ripe and juicy and just waiting for you to make a feast from them. Tempting cakes and succulent croissants, all manner of cuts of meat that are begging to be slow roasted or marinated and slung on the BBQ. Then there’s the mouth-watering cheeses – your waistline might suffer, but this is France, cheese and wine are staples. There’s no mass production here, no conveyor belts of processed, preserved and thrice-wrapped foodstuffs. French food markets are all about independent and locally grown produce, and passionate connoisseurs.   For a bigger slice of the market (so to speak) head to the Marche Provencal. These are bigger affairs with plenty of fresh goodies like those you find at a farmer’s market. You will also find fabrics (such as tablecloths), ceramic and leather goods, clothing and crafts, amongst other things.   Then there are the Marche aux Puces, or Flea markets as we would call them in the UK. If you can’t resist a rummage you will find all manner of pre-loved goods begging for the chance to return home with you. Flea markets tend to be a monthly affair and are often on a Sunday.   As you sit on your balcony you enjoy the spoils of your shopping. The soft leather handbag and pretty earrings were a steal and you can’t wait for more browsing tomorrow. The atmosphere and ambiance of Nice are hard to beat and the climate gives you a warm glow just thinking about it. With each mouthful of beautifully soft and rich Pont l'Evèque you decide that browsing those properties for sale in Nice is fast becoming a better idea

What’s on in Nice this August?


The summer brings beautiful weather and the chance to enjoy the beauty of the French Riviera. Here in Nice we get our fair share of holidaymakers and if you are joining us for a week or two in the summer you won’t be disappointed.   For some a week or two may not be long enough. Why not check out the properties for sale in Nice? Investing in a permanent residence to hang your summer hat all year round is a wonderful idea. Nice could be the perfect place for a new adventure.   Come for the fabulous climate, the beautiful beaches, the interesting places to visit and the rich tapestry of history that Nice entwines itself in. Relax on the waterfront, or stroll around one of the enlightening museums – the Fine Art Museum and Matisse Museum are a delight to visit. If it’s views you are after you have come to the right place. For spectacular views of Nice, featuring the mountains, Villefranche and Cape Ferat head up Mont Boron and do take in the stunning panorama from the Promenade des Anglais (walk of the English).   Each summer in Nice brings its own events and entertainment and this July and August are no exception. There’s plenty to keep residents and holidaymakers alike occupied and enthralled. Musically minded individuals will enjoy the Cloître du Monastère de Cimiez, which runs from July 19th to August 12th. This event takes place in a monastery (an enigmatic place that has been opening its doors especially for concerts since as far back as 1958). Discerning music lovers can attend concerts featuring chamber music amongst other things. This year your ears will be delighted by the pleasurable strains of The Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cannes Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Orchestra.   If live jazz is more your thing then be sure to head to the open-air jazz festival which runs from August 9th to August 12th. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Jardin de La Paix, situated in the centre of Nice, this four-day festival will captivate those with a penchant for chilled out melodies.   For something a little more extreme check out the Haute Route Alps Cyclosportive. Not the faint hearted, this marathon sees cyclists start out from Nice on 21st August and use their determined pedal power to traverse the French Alps. The intrepid travellers will cover 800 kilometres before reaching the finish line in Geneva. Take the opportunity to wave off the brave souls as they leave Nice and set out on the challenge of a lifetime.   There are plenty of other things to do and just wandering the winding streets is a great way to while away and hour or two.  There are a number of regular markets so you can browse until your hearts content. Nice really has a lot to offer so if you are seeking a holiday home or an exciting new place to live, come and take a look at properties for sale in Nice. You might be living the dream sooner than you think.

4 Exciting Things to Do in Nice This June


Nice is a beautiful area of France with some of the best weather in Europe. It's also a great place to find exciting events. Whether you're looking at properties for sale in Nice or you're just visiting, you'll be excited to know about the summer activities you can look forward to during your time here. While there are many events happening all year long, here are just four of the things you should look forward to if you'll be in Nice this June.   Giselle Ballet and Orchestra of the National Opera of Russia - Friday, June 9 This beautiful ballet is a classic and a treasure in the performance space. Originally created and performed in 1841, the ballet tells the story of a peasant girl who falls madly in love with a man. However, she soon discovers that he is already engaged to a Princess. Feeling betrayed and sent into the depths of despair, she responds to this news by dancing herself to death. It's a poignant tale performed by some of the world's most talented dancers and musicians, and it's not to be missed if you're a patron of the arts.   Riviera Classic Motor Show Saturday June 10 For 12 hours, enjoy the sights and sounds of classic and collectors’ motorbikes and cars. This annual car show draws some of the most unique and impressive vehicles from around the world. The theme for 2017 is "La Dolce Vita", the sweet life, and it certainly is when you're at the Riviera Classic Motor Show. For its 50th year, this motor show hosts guests from all over the world. There's even an auction in the afternoon with most of the 60 vehicles available for purchase. It's organised by a renowned auction house, so the quality is sure to be high. Be sure to stop by the spare parts exchange on the square if you're looking for rare parts at a great price. You can also visit the National Museum of Sport during your visit.   Alpe d'Ituez to Mont Ventoux Cycle Tour Thursday June 15 - Monday June 19 Whether you're an avid cyclist looking for an extreme challenge or somebody who just wants to watch, this is one of the most gruelling cycling tours in the world. It lasts for five days, with three days of riding. While it comes with a somewhat hefty price tag for participants, it includes five nights of accommodation, three meals a day, cycling with a lead rider and minibus support for three days, and professionally qualified mechanics.   Breathe as One Festival Sunday, June 25 The Breathe as One festival started as an impromptu way to celebrate the first International Yoga Day. However, it's now an annual event celebrating International Yoga Day and offering free yoga to all. Over a thousand people gather to do yoga in an open air space to learn from leaders in the holistic and wellness space and find community together. Nico Luce, Gloria Latham, and other inspirational figures will be present this year.   No matter what you're looking for, Nice has something to offer. If you're just visiting, you're sure to enjoy your stay if you choose to visit some of these events. Want to make your stay permanent? There are plenty of properties for sale in Nice, and a community of year-round residents that would be happy to welcome you.

Nice – What’s Going On This May


Whether you are an expat living in Nice or you have your trip booked for a visit, there are lots of things to do and see on the French Riviera this spring. From special deals and exhibitions around the city’s museums to festivals and sports events, there’s something going on for everybody in Nice this May.

Labour Day

The last month of spring kicks off in style in Nice this year as the French celebrate May Day. People gather in various locations across the city to sing, eat, drink, and dance around the May Pole. Almost everyone takes this day off to celebrate Labour Day, so expect all museums to be closed and buses and trams to take a well-deserved break. Take a break from all the Labour Day festivities and head over the Jardins de Cimiez for Fete des Mais, the Nice folklore festival that kicks off on the first day of May and continues every Sunday of the month. This is an excellent way to enjoy centuries-old traditions such as dancing and animations, as well as an incredible selection of local food.

Cultural Events

May is the traditional month for the Cannes Film Festival, and this year you can indulge in star-gazing and seeing some fantastic movies, complete with open-air screenings, between 17th and 28th May. Cannes is less than half an hour away from Nice, so if you have always wanted to be able to see the most famous actors in the world up-close, this is your chance. La Nuit des Musees, which translates in English as “The Night of the Museums” takes place in mid-May in most of the museums in the city. Part of a Europe-wide festival that is in fourth year, this night is a special one for museum lovers, as all museums open their doors free of charge from 9pm to 11pm.

Sports Events

The world-famous Monaco Grand Prix takes place between 25th and 28th May and you can enjoy a free day if you do like the locals and head there the Friday before the big race. This way, you can enjoy the sensations, noise and smells without a ticket. Events included in the free day of 2017 include the Qualifying Time Trials for the Porsche Supercup and the first race of the GP2 series. If Formula One is not your thing, head over to Baie des Anges, the port and the promenade for the TriMed regattas in mid-May. This sailing holiday is a feast for the eyes and a good excuse to try your hand at the helm of a wind boat. There is something exciting happening in Nice and on the French Riviera every month, but May especially is packed full with lots of events. Look for apartments for sale in Nice and you’ll be able to enjoy all these events every year!

Five Things You Can Expect After Buying A New Home In The French Riviera


You've done the difficult part – you have browsed properties for sale in Nice and made that all important decision to change your life for the better, forever. Now you want to know what you can expect from your new life in the French Riviera. It's an area that has something for everyone, from sun-seekers to sporting enthusiasts and everything in between. Here are just a few of the great things you can expect from your new life in the south of France.

Incredible weather

This won't come as a massive surprise, as it is probably the main reason for you buying an apartment in such a stunning location in the first place. You can forget about those dull and dreary UK mornings – the average temperature in Nice during the summer months is well over 20c. There are a whole host of beautiful beaches and stunning seafronts for you to enjoy. Promenade des Anglais provides one of the most beautiful seafront walks in any city in Europe.

Sporting culture

Don't worry about missing the football either – Nice have a steady football team that play in Ligue Un. Among the more famous faces that play for them is former Liverpool and Manchester City star, Mario Balotelli. Monaco isn't too far away, either, and they have a side that is performing well in both domestic and European competitions this year. Outside of football, rugby galacticos Toulon are within driving distance. As expected in a seaside area, sailing enthusiasts are also plentiful and you don't have to go far to ski either.

Terrific food and drink

The French are renowned for their brilliant wine and this area is no different. Côte d'Azur is a region that produces outstanding white and red wine that can be bought for a fraction of the price that you would pay at home. As you would expect, the food is nothing short of wonderful. There is a strong emphasis on Mediterranean-style cuisine, but there is also a massive range of alternatives, due to the multi-cultural nature of the area.

Better lunchtimes

Great food and drink isn't the only great thing about lunchtime in the area. Most shops and offices close for a couple of hours around this time each day. This will take some getting used to, but you will end up loving it in the long run as you will be getting that time back for yourself in the middle of every day – all part of the classic, laid-back French Riviera lifestyle.

Great shopping

When you're tired of all the beautiful scenery, sport and culture, why not take a look around Nice's wonderful shopping areas. The city is full of treasures that make it a paradise for not only sun-lovers, but shopaholics too. The Avenue Jean Medecin is one of the city's best shopping spots, so why not go and buy some suntan lotion for your new life!

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