The Nice Christmas Markets were in full force last weekend as I made my way through the carnival atmosphere in Grimaldi Square to the shopping area. Along the way to the markets I encountered such magnificent sights as the new pavilion which is a vast open green space with playgrounds for the children, gardens for the horticulturists and benches for the aged and the young in love.
Today, the Fairmont Monte Carlo unveils a new restaurant by legendary Chef Nobu which was formerly a pop-up concept but is now a permanent part of the hotel. It will occupy the space previously taken by their formal dining room. The hotel added a narrow terrace space providing a bit of outdoor seating where diners will experience the serene views and sounds of the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, Nobu restaurant added a spectacular bar and two private meeting lounges.
I am leaving France and spending my last night in the beautiful Nice Hyatt Hotel Palais de la Méditerranée. It is almost midnight in Nice and I am packing to head back to the US in the morning.
What a treat to cook with the first female pastry chef at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco – here’s a photo of the final products hot off the presses! I have not even tasted them yet. I am at a table now waiting for Chef Claire to clean up while I download the photos. Look for a deconstruction of the pastries I learned how to make soon. In the meantime, make your reservations to come and stay at the Fairmont and enjoy the best pastries in southern France. I may or many not be your assistant pastry chef after today. Is there a job opening Chef Claire?
The International Luxury Travel Market has kept me very busy with press briefings and breaking news from the world of luxury travel, however, I did take some time during the lunch break Tuesday to visit a few nearby landmarks and take in the local beauty while sightseeing in Cannes. Centuries old food recipes, charming pedestrian streets, spectacular views of the yachts in the harbor and iconic Cannes Film Festival murals were among the highlights of the walking tour from professional guide Karin Osmuk who works at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès – Cannes Visitor’s Bureau.
Ode to the Cannes Film Festival
The city of Cannes owes its notoriety around the world to the ingenious idea to host a unique film festival once a year which brings the best of the best from around the world in the film industry to this tiny little town in southern France. Artists pay homage to the festival with several large murals throughout the city. At the foot of Old Town, the entire front of the Gare des Autobus (bus station) is one such mural dedicated to the history of the festival itself. Actors, both real and animated, are depicted on the facade of the station from the early days of black and white film to more recent animated cartoons and feature films.