Category: The House….

The house where Jean lived

What would you do if you invited someone to spend a week at your holiday home and he decided to redecorate it and then he decided to stay – indefinitely?  Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, mine at the very least. But hostess Francine… Continue Reading “The house where Jean lived”

The House where Prince Albert II lives

I’ve written about many of the buildings in Monaco but not where the Monaco Royal Family hang out. So I thought I’d remedy that omission this week. Situated on a rocky promontory, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (Palais Princier) is the official residence of the… Continue Reading “The House where Prince Albert II lives”

The House where Beatrice….

When I suggest visitors take in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat I’ll add that if at all possible they should visit the stunning Villa Ephrussi and its gardens. How it all began As you know, I love a spot of property porn. So picture this.… Continue Reading “The House where Beatrice….”

The House where Eileen lived

Designer Eileen Gray’s E-1027 modernist seminal modern home in the south of France, and Le Corbusier’s holiday home Cabanon next to it, reopened recently following a five-year renovation managed by the Association Cap Moderne which has  returned it to the state it was in when it was… Continue Reading “The House where Eileen lived”

The House where Jeannie……..

Let’s continue with my series on the Riviera’s historic hotels. After the famous Eden Roc, my spotlight now moves to another historical establishment of the Côte d’Azur: The Hotel Negresco in Nice. Expect much more than just another luxury hotel. The Negresco is at once an… Continue Reading “The House where Jeannie……..”

The House where celebrities…….

The recently published tome Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: A Timeless Legend on the French Riviera explores the world’s most famous and photographed hotel’s 150-year history. This is a magnificent property which I cycle past on a regular basis. While I’ve never stayed here, I have… Continue Reading “The House where celebrities…….”

History of the Hotel de Paris, Monaco

To understand the story of the hotel, you need to acquaint yourself with the history of where it stands. While today, Monaco is a financially thriving Riviera destination, nestled snugly between France and Italy, in 19th century it was a bankrupt town. In an… Continue Reading “History of the Hotel de Paris, Monaco”

Notre Dame Update

On the evening 15 April 2019, France and the world watched transfixed in horror as flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, fearful that the heritage landmark could be lost forever. Nearly two years on, what’s happening? While the spire collapsed and much… Continue Reading “Notre Dame Update”

The House where James lived…….

As you know I love trawling through property porn magazines and this property, previously owned by Sean Connery aka the James Bond, caught my eye. The six-bedroom, five-floor seafront mansion is on the market for €30 million (£27 million, $34 million). Even though all… Continue Reading “The House where James lived…….”

The House where Pierre lived

Today I’m looking at a French Riviera icon. Nothing else quite compares to the Palais Bulles. The “Bubble Palace,” as it’s known, is quite probably the most extravagant, eccentric and eclectic home down here. Set in Théoule-sur-Mer near Cannes, it was built in 1975… Continue Reading “The House where Pierre lived”