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Showing posts from July, 2019

Don't forget your construction helmet - Larvotto Beach,Monaco

Visitors to Monaco will have to share their beach space with a construction site next summer. Larvotto is being greened up to boost the principality’s eco credentials. Huge changes are planned to include a two level leisure and commercial area overlooking the beach. The upper level known as Promenade Haute will be close to Ave Princess Grace and the lower level or Promenade Basse will offer direct access from the Larvotto Plage. Sun lovers will have the opportunity to wander straight off the sand and into a luxe mall offering multiple dining and shopping opportunities. Those strolling along the upper promenade will discover shaded areas, a cycling path, tree islands and a kid’s playground. Disabled visitors to the principality won’t miss out either. Escalators and elevators will be installed enabling them to enjoy the entire area. This sits nicely with the existing Handiplage service available throughout the summer. Now, this is Monaco and as any regular visitor knows, what is promised…

Living La Vida Loca-Cannes

Changes are happening in Cannes. The familiar sight of concrete, chipped paint and cracked pavements have been replaced by achingly cool beach clubs constructed from natural wood with a decidedly South American vibe. The new environmental laws have seen changes along the coastlines of France. Clubs are disappearing, although some have reappeared under the guise of a luxury brand hotel commission. New clubs have emerged with a focus on relaxed luxury. No plastic, no heavy food, a return to nature is the new religion. However, some things never change. Club owners are still complaining about council costs, the food remains expensive, the staff are still surly and guests still risk the ignominy of consignment to beach Siberia. The Cannes city council are updating the Croisette in 2 stages. The first stage saw the destruction of Plage Gold and Juliana with the remaining clubs up to Veguluna Plage going through the torment of renovation. The next stage will focus on the Carlton down to Plage …