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Let the games commence - private beach/restaurant closures

As you may or may not be aware, the French government is fulfilling its promise of reclaiming the beaches and removing permanent beach club fixtures viewed as detrimental to the environment. Basically, this means the beaches must be 20% privately controlled while the rest must be for the public domain. Therefore, private beaches/restaurants that have been in situ for years will have to be demolished. At this stage, the majority of demolitions have been in Juans les Pins ( Lucky Beach,Lido Plage,Plage des iles,Jazz Plage,Esterel Plage,Star Plage,Epi Plage,Trident Plage,Le Petite Plage & La Voile Blanche. Five new completely demountable beach club/beach/restaurant should be ready for 2019) with Plage Keller on Plage de la Garoupe in Antibes also being targeted for demolition in the future.
In St Tropez, the owners of the clubs in Ramatuelle have been involved in confidential discussions with the Mairie (townhall) regarding exemptions to the law and the right to stay in place. The na…

Rome,I beg you please , just leave the toilets open.....

.....for at least 3 months before you close them again



For those of you that are new to the off again & on again dramas that are the public toilets in Rome , let me just say, I seem to be spending all my days checking to see what is happening in that fair city.  I won’t bore you with what has previously happened, suffice to say that only seven of the loos that had been closed, re-opened, closed again & now re-opened again have re-opened, These loos are  located at the Colosseum ,Salita del Pincio,Castel Sant’Angelo,Piazza Risorgimento , Via di Ripetta & Piazza Garibaldi.Also the toilets at the Basilica San Paolo ( although not listed in our directory, too far out) have also re-opened. Suffice to say all these toilets have been recently renovated, are normally attended, will cost you E 1.00 ( enter via the turnstile) & have disabled facilities where possible.Some do have baby changing facilities, which are very few and far between in Rome The others near the Vatican (Piaz…