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The Riviera’s strangest real estate: Negresco, Nice Promenade

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It’s a building where studios sell for €8,000 per square metre. A rococo wedding cake that dominates the Promenade des Anglais. A seafront castle where a rogue’s gallery of world leaders – Nikita Khrushchev, the Shah of Iran – have bedded down under mink throws. Welcome to the Negresco. This palace-hotel – and little known … Continue reading

Garden Festival tops new 2017 tourism activities

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On the French Riviera coastline between Monte-Carlo and St Tropez, a full third of people are employed directly or indirectly by tourism. Just think of all those tour guides, hotel receptionists and staff at Nice Airport, which smashed its record of 12m yearly arrivals in 2016. Plus all those restaurant chefs, café owners and apartment cleaners … Continue reading

How to profit when France wins the Olympic Games

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The Olympics are coming to Nice’s Allianz Riviera. Surely not? Well read on, because this September the International Olympic Committee will choose who hosts the 2024 summer games. The out and out favourite to win? That’s right, France at 2/5. Los Angeles are in a distant second at 2/1 with Budapest rank outsiders at 8/1. … Continue reading

Buy to let UK v. Buy to let France

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If you’re a Briton with some cash to invest, you’ve probably considered residential property. However, you can’t have missed the moans and outcries from landlords everywhere at the introduction of the controversial new Stamp Duty surcharge on rental properties and the government policy of tapering off mortgage tax relief for landlords from April 2017. As … Continue reading

Cote d’Azur museum passes – how it pays to use them

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Here’s the good news. Nice boasts more museums than any other French city outside Paris. The bad news? A bewildering array of museum passes grant free access to sights at a city, regional and provincial level. (Think that’s complicated? Try paying tax here.) Nice is blessed with enough cultural history to make any other European … Continue reading