Romantic Music Festival A MUST for October visitors

98 Liszt 1832          This fall, the 6th Edition of the Festival Franz Liszt is presenting a super lineup of concerts on the Côte d’Azur.   www.franzlisztlevenscotedazur.com

Music lovers, from the most erudite to the complete novice, will enjoy concerts every weekend from October 1 to 22, 2016.

Featured composers: Borodine – Brahms – Dvorak – Fauré – Moussorgsky – Rachmaninoff.  In pictoresque villages like Biot, Levens, Villeneuve-Loubet, Mandelieu-La Napoule.p.historch-768x376 Check out the website for details and reservations
www.franzlisztlevenscotedazur.com

Hope to see you all there!

Artists include HarpAzur, Nicolas Bringuier, Elena Sommer, The Cannes Provence Alps Côte d’Azur Ochestra, Amy Christianna Blake, Olivier Augé-Laribé, The Azuréen Symphonique Orchestra, Musiques en Jeux, Alain Joutard, Richard Rittelmann, Frédéric Diquero, Claudia Cesarano, Landry Chosson, Ensemble Vocal Levens

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Beach Dining in Cannes: Rado Plage

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Easter Sunday marks the grand resurrection of beach restaurants in Cannes so I decided to check out Rado Plage, which is famous for being the oldest beach-restaurant in Cannes. I must admit that it was not the restaurant’s illustrious history that attracted me but the two-course fixed price menu for €20.50. Dining along the beach in Cannes can be a very expensive proposition! You’re lucky to get a salad or a small plate of pasta for that price. Sure, you can enjoy the sun and surf but what about filling up the tummy?

I’m happy to report that Rado Plage satisfied on all counts from price to taste to portion size. The two-course menu offered a choice of three starters and three main courses. Although the salmon tartare and seafood cocktail looked tempting, we opted for  the old standby, Salade Niçoise and were not disappointed. All the ingredients were fresh

and the vinaigrette was well-balanced. It was nearly a meal in itself. The main course was even better. A good chunk of hake was sauteed in a Mediterranean sauce and accompanied by sauteed carrots, ratatouille, rice and an interesting flan. My companion enjoyed giant sauteed shrimp with the same side dishes. We were also well-pleased with the crisp house rosé. For an extra €5 we could have ordered the three-course menu but, frankly we were already full.

There may be finer dining along the Cannes bay and there are surely glitzier and trendier places, but we agreed that Rado Plage offers the best value for money of all the Cannes beach restaurants.

Bonnard Museum Le Cannet

Scrunched up against neighbouring Cannes, Le Cannet seems swallowed up by its glamorous sister. Now there’s a good reason for visitors to tear themselves away from La Croisette and head uphill to Le Cannet.

The very first museum devoted to the painter, Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) has now opened its doors in Le Cannet with a smashing new exhibition, titled Bonnard et Le Cannet: Dans La Lumière de La Meéditerranée.

Gathered from such heavyweight museums as the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan in New York, the exhibition includes such masterpieces as L’Atelier au Mimosa, Baignoir and L’Amandier.

Why Le Cannet? Bonnard fell in love with the colors in the south of France and lived in Le Cannet  lived here between 1922 and 1947. High on the hills overlooking Cannes and the sea, he painted some of his most enchanting work.

Naturally, this exhibit concentrates on the works produced during this period as Bonnard captured the glory of the French Riviera in its kaleidoscope of color.

The exhibit will be on display until September 27.