“When describing the principality, most young people will talk about the casinos, the cars, the yachts and the palace,” says David Gamba.“Barely anyone will mention the sea, other than it being something for the boats to float on!” For this passionate, young fisherman, it’s something of a travesty: “Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost a huge amount of our maritime heritage.”
Beyond the speedboats and motor yachts, the waters off the coast of Monaco are home to a rich marine ecosystem in which many thousands of dolphins, whales and tuna flourish. At least they do today: 30 years ago they had all but left and by 2050, experts warn that our seas could void of life.
During the 10th century, the Château Grimaldi was built by a Count of Ventimiglia to protect the burgeoning community against the Saracens. The castle, which is one of France’s oldest existing battlements, still stands, as does the town’s famous olive tree. It was already more than 1,000 years old when the fortress was first erected, but is dwarfed in terms of history by the sabretooth tiger teeth and stone tools that were discovered in the town’s Vallonnet Cave. These date back one million years.
Following the enactment of the Loi NOTre (Nouvelle Organisation Territoriale de la République), in the summer of 2015, a whole raft of powers was decentralised from the French state and transferred to its départements.
The Italian farmers’ organisation Coldiretti calls it an ‘epochal change’ in society that has not taken place since the 19th century. In the year 2016/17, almost 30,000 people submitted an application to become farmers in Italy. Two among them, Katrin Mamberto and Paolo Frea, share their story with Riviera Insider.
If you follow the main road of old town Mougins on its gentle upward curve from Gabriël Sterk's bust of Picasso on the Place des Patriotes, you will soon come to find yourself outside La Gaudinade on Rue de l'Eglise.
The first act of the year was to welcome chef Xavier Burelle to the team. Since then, Le Mas Candille has joined the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. What’s on the menu at this five-star Mougins address for Part Two of 2018?
Jérôme Héraud wears any number of hats during his working day: a toque blanche, that of director, as a friend and confidant of his staff, and perhaps even humanitarian. He’s a rare character, and despite having only got to bed at 4am, is bright and open when we met just before lunch service at the Hôtel Cantemerle in Vence.