Monaco has always been great for nightlife but with “Moods”, the little Principality has really surpassed itself. This jazz club has been open for at least a year but we just got around to visiting it last night. It’s not an aversion to jazz that made us slow to rush over there (certainly not) but a fear that an evening out would set us back the price of a sportscar. Not so. Moods looks like it would be costly. First, there’s the location behind Monte Carlo’s Cafe de Paris. Then there’s the ultra-modern but somehow comforting decor. The staircase that leads to the entrance has a whooshing wall of water on each side and the interior is surprisingly spacious and extremely well-designed. There are several bar areas, walkways and even a book corner with sofas that border the stage and main floor. The sight lines are good from nearly everywhere and the acoustics are top-of-the-line. Drinks run from €10 on up and there’s only a cover charge for the more renowned groups like Stefano di Battista or Paola Fresu. We were most charmed by the music of Pink Turtle and Lillian Boutte that presented New Orleans-infused versions of rock, soul and pop classics. Musically unusual (how about ‘Satisfaction’ to a bossa-nova beat?), Pink Turtle also put on a great show, with the musicians doubling as performers, singers and comedians. Moods is open Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm on although the music starts at around 9.30pm. For more information and the … Continue reading →
It’s that time of year, again; the Nice Carnival. The bleachers are up on the Prom; tour buses are filing into town and locals are bracing themselves for the annual traffic meltdown. Despite the few residents actually attend the Nice Carnival, everyone has an opinion about it. The first opinion is that it’s “trop cher” which means that locals have to actually pay for it. It didn’t used to be that way! It used to be open to everyone! Well, that was before my time but certainly after Garibaldi’s era. Anyway. You don’t have to pay for it anymore. Now the Nice carnival parade is free every day except the first and last days. Chouette? You do still have to pay for the Bataille des Fleurs but, IMO, it’s well worth it. (See photos of the Nice Carnival (Carnaval, in French). Here is the program for Nice Carnaval 2009: Saturday February 14 14h30 Battle of the Flowers 21h – Corso Sunday February 15 14h30 – Corso Tuesday, February 17 21h00 – Corso Wednesday, February 18 14h30 – Battle of the Flowers Saturday February 21 14h30 – Battle of the Flowers 21h00 – Corso Sunday February 22 14h30 – Corso Tuesday, February 24 21h00 – Corso Wednesday, February 25 14h30 – Battle of the Flowers Saturday, February 28 14h30 – Battle of the Flowers 21h00 – Corso Sunday, March 1 14.30 Corso 21.00 Burning of the King and fireworks … Continue reading →
Hooray. Commuters can now try to resume their normal work habits. The SNCF and the unions settled the work stoppage that has been plaguing the region since December. According to the deal (and I hope it wasn’t a capitulation) the SNCF has agreed to hire five additional conductors to relieve the crushing workload on the 35-hour a week strikers. The unions wanted 20 but apparently capitulated. Now the SNCF can get back to “normal” service on the Nice-Monaco and beyond lines which usually means only a day or two of strikes each month.