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Blog Côte Azur: eight snowy days, Red Bull air race and a handbag clinic

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It’s snowing, it’s snowing in the French Alps! For eight days and so we take the heavy rain fall and thunderstorms for granted. When snow is already on the ground, that means the winter season can officially start in two weeks. And everyone looks forward to that: to exchange the long summer months with a few beautiful ski months under a blue sky.

Isola 2000 at Nov 10 2017

Throughout all that beautiful summer and autumn weather we would almost forget that it’s almost Christmas! The Xmas street lighting is everywhere, but the feeling is not yet felt like in the Netherlands, where you already hear Christmas songs in shops and on the radio since October. During the rain showers, we do drink a cozy Christmas tea with a almond bar from the HEMA in the CAP 3000 so it feels a bit like a Dutch October Xmas feeling. Now that I think about it, actually we don’t have any Christmas songs on the French radio. Would that have to do with the separation between religion and the state?

At least, this separation is not on the streets; this week, 15 jihadists got arrested in Menton, Nice and Cagnes sur Mer. They are suspected of preparing a terrorist attack and disappeared in gendarmerie buses to a dark prison in Paris. We will never hear from them again, nor the media.

The state of emergency in France has ended and in return, the police have far-reaching powers to ensure security for its residents. Do you have a neighbor with a beard and long dress that suddenly rented a van, while he normally never does anything? You can report this behavior via a special emergency number, after which a separate local terrorist unit will come quickly into action.

More action on the highway; In the next couple of weeks, Vinci is asking for an extra coin in the toll machine to support the many orphans during Christmas. We will of course do that. Many coins went to another driving point this summer; a driving instructor in Nice. He sold to his young students not only driving lessons but also joints and XTC pills. Whether the driving exams where under the influence of drugs is not known. The man is currently parked in a police cell.

And so the news is, in my opinion, nor meat or fish, unless you’re interested in the catch of an 8 kilo heavy and 1.10 cm long Loup in front of the Hippodrome coastline.

Perhaps that’s the good thing about life on the French Riviera; the world continues with #metoo discussions about sexually explicit plays from a horny gray past. Then we prefer to live at an appropriate distance, and enjoy positive things in life such as good food, sports and doing fun stuff together.

Everybody on the Côte d’Azur is excited about the upcoming Red Bull Air Race in Cannes. From 20 to 22 April, this race will take place at a height of 25 meters above sea level with small planes between Port Canto and the heliport. More than 100,000 spectators are expected.

A cool action by the municipality of Cannes, which once again shows that city marketing is high on the agenda. Still, the most beautiful news this week was for all ladies with a nice expensive handbag. In Beausoleil, the first Handbag Clinic opened. Here you can clean your handbag, lubricate the handles and massage the creaking leather. Take your tired handbag with you to South France next time and spoil her. The handbag treatments start from 15 euros.

Palais Gallia, Place de la Crémaillère

06240 Beausoleil, France


Finally, a number of events worth mentioning:

Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival – MONACO

November 16 to December 2, 2017

Garnier de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Reservations: Tél. 00 377 98 06 41 59

MONACO Musique Concert Festival Jazz et blues

On the program

November 16> MARCUS MILLER / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles


November 18th> CHRISTOPHE

November 24th> TEXAS / Sirius Plan

November 25> THE COREA – GADD BAND / Dhafer Youssef

November 30> DIEGO EL CIGALA / Django Memories Project

1st December> LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE / James Carter’s Electric Outlet

2 December> SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX / The Puppini Sisters

Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

Salon du sucre et du chocolat – ANTIBES

The best show of the year; full of chocolate and patisserie. Look, smell and taste of course.

from 02 to 03 December 2017

14h-19h (saturday), 10h-18h (sunday)

Palais des Congrès de Juan-les-Pins

Reservations: 00 33 (0) 4 93 34 09 92

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Ab Kuijer

Experienced communicator and marketeer. Former radio, TV and advertising producer in Amsterdam. Author of ‘Think Small, Grow Big’ that explains why advertising is dead. Owner of an international marketing agency specialised in real estate. Lives in the South of France since 2006 for obvious reasons: sun, sea, wine and healthy food. Became on the Cote d'Azur the first Dutch President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later rebranded the Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Ab reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics.Living on the Côte d'Azur is the first real estate portal with a personal service. A daily fresh collection of more than 1400 high-value luxury properties and new construction projects along the French Riviera; from Menton to Saint Tropez. Clients recommend us for being responsive, professional, honest and accurate.With local multi-lingual teams, Living on the Côte d'Azur provides a 'Good old Dutch' Service for foreign buyers, helping them on the journey from a long-list selection towards visiting the short-list. We explain how French real estate law works, and guide the buyers through the impressive French paperwork and are finally present at the notary for the final deed.