|Destination: French Riviera|
Èze - Fabrics
Fayence - Fabrics
Nice - Fabrics
St-Tropez - Fabrics
Cannes - Flowers & Perfumes
Grasse - Flowers & Perfumes
Nice - Flowers & Perfumes
St-Paul-de-Vence - Flowers & Perfumes
Biot - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
Èze - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
Fayence - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
Nice - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
St-Paul-de-Vence - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
St-Tropez - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
Vallauris - Glassware, Pottery & Wood
Cannes - More Gift Ideas
Monaco - More Gift Ideas
St-Tropez - More Gift Ideas
Valbonne - More Gift Ideas
Biot - Fashion
Juan-les-Pins - Fashion
Monaco - Fashion
Nice - Fashion
St-Raphaël - Fashion
St-Tropez - Fashion
Cannes - Accessories
Grasse - Accessories
Monaco - Accessories
Nice - Accessories
St-Paul-de-Vence - Accessories
St-Tropez - Accessories
Cannes - Food & Drink
Èze - Food & Drink
Fréjus - Food & Drink
Gassin - Food & Drink
Gourdon - Food & Drink
Menton - Food & Drink
Monaco - Food & Drink
Mougins - Food & Drink
Nice - Food & Drink
Pont du Loup - Food & Drink
St-Raphaël - Food & Drink
Villeneuve-Loubet - Food & Drink
Antibes - Art, Antiquities & Books
Biot - Art, Antiquities & Books
Fayence - Art, Antiquities & Books
Fréjus - Art, Antiquities & Books
Monaco - Art, Antiquities & Books
Nice - Art, Antiquities & Books
St Paul-de-Vence - Art, Antiquities & Books
St-Tropez - Art, Antiquities & Books
Antibes - Specialist Shops
Menton - Specialist Shops
Monaco - Specialist Shops
Nice - Specialist Shops
St-Paul-de-Vence - Specialist Shops
Most shops on the Riviera are open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10-12 and 2-6, although some stay open longer during the height
of the summer season or during festival times.
A Ray of Sunshine Souleiado is a Provençal word meaning 'a sun-ray piercing through the clouds' and is the name of the leading manufacturer of block-printed Provençal textiles. The company was founded in 1938 by Charles Deméry in a successful attempt to revive a 200 year-old textile industry. Today, the original 18th-century fruitwood blocks still form the basis for all the Souleiado patterns.
Local Talent The region's top name in the world of fashion is undoubtedly Christian Lacroix, one of haute couture's most innovative and eclectic designers, famous for his classic yet daring, feminine yet boldly Mediterranean, fashions and accessories.
... and Some More Look out for items produced by local Riviera designers: notably bright and bold clothes by Biot resident Arlette Chacok; evening wear by Jiki, a glamorous Monégasque designer; and the smart, affordable daytime separates of Alain Manoukian.
Symbol of Provence The olive tree has long been the symbol of Provence, introduced by the Greeks 3,000 years ago as 'the tree of wisdom, abundance and glory'. Over 50 varieties of olive tree now grow on the Riviera. Harvesting takes place from November (for the ripe green ones) to January (for the more mature black ones). It takes 1,000 kilos of olives to produce 10 to 15 litres of oil.
Wine from Bellet Nice's tiny AOC wine region called Bellet is little known, largely because the majority of the 1,200 hectolitres produced annually never get beyond the cellars of the Riviera's top restaurants. The special quality of the wines is attributed to their unusual grape varieties and the sea and mountain air. The full-bodied red, with its wild cherry bouquet, can be aged up to 30 years. The golden white is reminiscent of Chablis and the rosé is quite the best accompaniment to local fish specialities.
The Second Nice School The Riviera is still very much a mecca of modern art thanks largely to the Second School of Nice (the first was during the Renaissance). Starting in the late 1950s as a neo-realist reaction to abstract expressionism, the movement was led by multimedia iconoclasts Klein, Rayasse, César, Arman, Ben and Tinguely. Their extraordinary constructions of consumer junk, smashed machinery and burnt musical instruments were designed as a spoof on society and the precious world of contemporary art.
Mecca of Motor Racing The first Monte-Carlo Car Rally in 1902 occasioned the world's first tarmac road. The racing has come a long way since then, when 'gentlemen' drivers competed at speeds averaging 25kph. Nowadays, the real crowd-puller is the Monaco Grand Prix during the second week of May, with thousands of spectators wild with suspense on the pavements of the town.