Monday, 16 June 2014

Cannes Welcomes the Lions to the South of France

Today is the opening of the Cannes Lions - Festival of Creativity and Cannes is full of creative advertising executives, all hoping that their campaign is 'The One' and that they will take away one of the coveted trophies.

The coveted Cannes Lions Award

Cannes Lions is one of the most important corporate events in the Cannes calendar and will see over 12,000 delegates from more than 94 countries converging on Cannes from 15th - 21st June. The jury of 312 members will judge almost 36,000 entries over the 7 days and there will be eventually be over 1,100 winners. Cannes will also welcome more than 550 members of the press and over 300 young creative competitors. Big numbers!

Accommodation during the Cannes Lions festival is sought after and the key villas and apartments are booked many months, if not years in advance. The trick is to be within walking distance of the Palais des Festivals where all the major events take place. And the team at Cote d'Azur Villas are delighted to offer a great selection of villas which are close to La Croisette and also idea for clients wishing to combine accommodation and an event during Lions.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

UK TV in France Partners with Cote d'Azur Villas

There has been much discussion recently about the loss of terrestrial UK TV here in France. Traditionally, many English speaking ex-pats who are resident here on the French Riviera and in Provence have enjoyed UK TV using mainly satellite systems. Well, that was until they moved the satellite and the footprint of the service changed. It has meant that we have all needed bigger and bigger satellite dishes and, depending on where you are in the region many people are still not enjoying a reliable service.

At Cote d'Azur Villas we are delihted to say that we have found a simple and affordable solution for our villa owners and of course for our clients visiting the region this summer who want to enjoy a certain football tournament taking place in Brazil.

We have partnered with UKTV France to offer a UK TV solution that is delivered via the internet - no satellite dish, no VPN just a 'plug and play option' that includes all the free to view channels and many paid for services. The only pre-requisite is a reliable internet connection with a minimum of 1.5MB download speed.

We've tested the system extensively in both the office and in our homes and it's frankly great! Easy to install, no fuss and works like magic. You even have a 14 day catch up service.

UKTV France supply the box, the wi-fi connectors and will even come and install the box if needed.

Prices start from 139.99€ for the box and subscriptions from 14.99€ per month.

  • Start and stop your subscription when you want to - there's no contract
  • Portable - Plug and play wherever you have a wifi connection in France
  • Full paid packages available including SKY Sports and SKY Movies
Contact us today to order your system

Friday, 6 June 2014

Summer Jazz in the South of France

Each summer the Cote d'Azur comes alive to the sounds of Jazz with not one but two international Jazz Festivals held in Nice and Juan les Pins. 

Nice Jazz Festival takes place from the 8 - 12th July in the heart of Nice at the Place Massena and at the Theatre de Verdure. This annul event has taken place since 1948 and always attracts some of the most celebrated international jazz musicians. This year the programme includes Kris Bowers and Keziah Jones but with 2 venues alive with music each night there is sure to be something for all tastes.

Jazz a Juan begins on the 11th July and runs until the 20th and is slightly younger than the Nice event having begun in 1960. the concerts take place with the Mediterranean as the back drop and this year will welcome international artists such as Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder.

Tickets for both events are highly sought after and our advice is to book early via the events websites.