Casino Night a Ciel Ouvert in Monaco

Monaco like you have never seen it before! An Open Air Casino night “Casino Night a Ciel Ouvert” with gambling, dancing, tombolas, gaming tables, music and cocktails all rolled into one night of amazing fun under the stars on Saturday, June 20th at the famous Place du Casino in Monaco. This might be the best party yet!

4 casinos and 60,000 euros to be won.

And that’s not all.

This is a series of Open Air Casino Night’s planned for the Principality of Monaco in the Place de Casino making summer 2015 in Monaco the best one yet.


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Isn’t life just grand on the French Riviera!!

Nice with 2 world records in May 2015

Leave it to a 16 year old Nicois teenager and a Chinese corporate giant to obtain 2 Guiness Book of World Records in Nice in the month of May.

The first world record for the largest human sentence with 6,262 participants was set by Tiens Group (China) and took place on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on May 8, 2015.


The second world record for most people in a Selfie photo thought up by Nicois teenager Tom Bittmann, took place on May 26, 2015 during an electronic concert ‘Blackout Colorful’ at Theatre de Verdure with a total count of 2,530 people beating out Microsoft and Coca-Cola who held the record with approximately 1,151 people.

Just wondering now if both world records set in the same month and in the same place warrants another world record in of itself!  #breaktherecordNice


Architect Mario Bass recreates Nice’s 19th century architecutre in 3D

Young architect Mario Bass from Nice was fascinated by the history of the city and decided to recreate the architecture of the most beautiful buildings of the19th century in 3D.

The idea for this project came to Mario after he stumbled upon a bunch of old postcards at a flea market in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Inspired by the architecture in the Belle Époque, he decided to recreate these wonderful buildings by architecture modeling in 3D mode. To accomplish this amazing project, he went through all the flea markets and bookstores in search of photographs or postcards of these magnificent buildings. These images were the only opportunity to see what the buildings looked like since there weren’t any kept architectural plans .

He reproduced each element of the building proportionally. The entire project took about 5,000 hours.

The results of his incredible work speak for themselves in the photos.


Fall into Discovery: Journees du Patrimonie a Nice

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As the tourists return back to their native homelands and students return to school, the third week of September is a special time for visitors and residents alike to discover or rediscover the nuts and bolts of Nice and its place on the French national patrimonial stage. On September 20-21st, the 31st Journees Europeenes du Patrimonie a Nice take place where every museum, cultural and natural heritage sites, churches, and the city hall are open and accessible to everyone to visit and appreciate the cultural, historical and natural values they hold to Nice.

Whether you want to visit the gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Cimiez, the Archaeological museum, the old military fort Mont Alban, the beautiful artwork of Henry Matisse at the Matisse museum, visit the numerous cathedrals and churches or sit in one of the conferences at the municipal town hall, there are plenty of activities to fill both days along with special evening baroque and classical musical performances to complete such a culturally rich day.

You can download the entire 2 day program here.

The Dark Room Galerie: On the other side of the picture

Nice Properties is proud to support local artists that matter and present our new partner: photographic Dark Room Galerie.


Inauguration of the gallery, Dominique Jaussein, Prophétane, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, Véronique Champion.

After its successful inauguration on June 4th, the Dark Room Galerie, an exhibition space where only photographs can be displayed, continues its momentum this Wednesday, July 23, at 18:00 for the exhibition of Xabier Escalere – “tURNdOWNsIDEuP”.  A spotlight on man is at the genesis of this gallery, Dominique Jaussein, a man of many faces, the creator of this place and invested artist.

Just like its founder, Dominique Jaussein, The Dark Room is set apart from the rest. Through clichés and large print images, the gallery opts for the revelation of new talent and photographic work on display. “The concept was to find the path of the artist to focus on one image at a time,” explains Dominique. This insurance and administrative expert embarked on a gamble, “to create an intimate space dedicated to photography where visitors can become a participant in the work.” While keeping his normal job, he embarked to develop this venue: the first room, a classic space where snapshots of artists expose themselves, and a second room, more obscure and private: the Dark Room. “This piece invites visitors to become an image reader.” Plunged into darkness, the viewer discovers a series of pictures / art history one by one projected for 20 seconds in the final mix, the revelation of the pictures together. “This idea provides insight into the work, the search for the artist. Not to be overwhelming by too much information and to digest every detail of an artistic work.”


Photographic series “d’Ebène et d’Abîme”

With a calm voice and a half grin, Dominique Jaussein speaks of his many projects. After rafting down Ethiopian rivers and fixing his sight on distant lands, taking in the sublime landscapes of Antarctica, inaugurating the high point of his exhibition named “Ebony and Abyss,” a poignant and moving work on resilience, Dominique’s next plans to photograph gorillas. A sharp-eyed adventurer that has decided to take life and its actors as models.

Starting August 1st, you will find select pieces from Dominique Jaussein at the Nice Properties Opéra agency – 11 rue Saint François de Paule – 06 300 Nice.

Dark Room galerie – 12 rue Maccarani – 06 000 Nice – +33 (0)4 93 76 74 59

contact@darkroomgalerie.fr – www.darkroomgalerie.fr


17th Festival Femin’arte – February 12th-March 8th

Women Power!

This women’s art festival in Antibes is a true celebration of feminine creative and artistic talents.

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The Cultural Art of French Perfumes

Travel guide author Kim Defforge shares an insightful journey into the making of French perfumes

Nice is about 27 km (17 miles) from the “perfume capital of the world”, Grasse, with its large parfumeries, “Fragonard” and “Molinard”, major industries and tourist attractions. There are several options for visits, as Nice has “Molinard,” Eze village has “Fragonard,” and Cagnes-sur-Mer has its “Atelier des Parfums,” all where you can do a guided visit and purchase products.
In the 16th century, roses were added into the leather making process, as a way to hide the animal odor in gloves: at that time, animal fat was used to absorb the flowers’ fragrance, then washed with alcohol and filtered. Today, petals are distilled in a variety of methods, depending on the concentration of oil desired:

~ 1,000 kg of flowers distilled with water vapor = 1 kg of essential oil

~ 600 kg of flowers distilled with solvents = 1 kg of “absolu” (a higher concentrate)

Surprisingly, most flowers are imported; however, there are three grown around Grasse: rose, jasmin, and violet. The most common regional flowers used in making perfume are mimosa, lavender, rose (petals), jasmine, orange blossom, violets, and broom. No wonder pure perfume is so expensive, as 10 ml of natural rose liquid costs 200 Euros!

Le “nez” (nose) is, logically, the title given to the creator of original perfume scents, and who, to begin with, must be able to recognize the smell of 400 primary scents, with an increase in repertoire possible to around 1,500-2,000 different odors. Reportedly, about 50% of “les nez” are women, with the main training center being situated in the town of Versailles.

What I found fascinating during my visit was the perfume laboratory (more like an office library), where there were rows and rows of shelves (called an “organ”), full of bottles of scents (each one called a “note”); the combination of scents is called a “chord”, with many chords being a “composition.” So, the “Nez” is, in fact, a ‘musical’ composer with around 80-150 different scents in one perfume!

Perfume fragrance changes over time: the first impression – that first burst of smell – of a perfume is called, “la note de tete”; after a couple of hours, you smell “la note de coeur”; and the final phase, or lingering scent, is called “la note de fond.”

Following are the concentrations of the various grades of perfume, so the next time you are shopping, you’ll know the differences:

  • Perfume = > 20%
  • Eaux de parfum = 12-15%
  • Eaux de toilette = 8-12%
  • Eaux de cologne = 7%

According to an English physician of the 19th century, “a perfume should correspond to the personality, physical, emotional, and mental characteristics of its wearer, and should be as specific to each woman as the sound of her voice.” (source: Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy)

Enjoy discovering and wearing YOUR unique ‘song’ on the French Riviera !


Kim Defforge is the author of “Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire – Travel Focus on the French Riviera” as well as “Solitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France”.

She is also blogger of the blog 24/7 in France.


"in fini & infini" Art Exhibition at Nice Properties


Artist Rubi Alain

Nice Properties will be hosting a vernissage displaying the original works of artist Rubi Alain.  Rubi’s “in fini & infini” (unfinished & infinite) vibrant and ecletic collection of oil on stretched canvas convey his conscious abstract style and unique painting technique-left to right and bottom to top strokes using a knife tool.

Born in Algeria, Rubi’s passion for painting began at a very early age.  However, his true career as an independent artist came later in his life in France when he began to wake up in the middle of the night with the desire to paint.

It was during this time that he discovered that the man painting was actually a second persona to himself, and during these quiet dark hours of the night, using only a small light, his concepts and expression would evolve into provoking and authentic pieces that he knew he could and would never replicate.

A special original piece was sold last year to the former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy.

Rubi’s “in fini & infini” collection will also be on exhibition in the Nice Properties Opera agency from June 1st thru June 30th.