18 January 2015

Teahouse


The teahouse in the Japanese Gardens.

16 January 2015

Villa Sauber


This sculpture stands at the entrance to Monaco's National Museum, Villa Sauber on Avenue Princesse Grace.

09 January 2015

Walking the Red Carpet in Monte Carlo


The bubble-shaped luxury shops in the Casino Gardens really are extraordinary with their sloping glass exteriors.  Nice to walk the red carpet ...


04 January 2015

Space Age Shopping in Monte Carlo


Space-age shopping is what now greets visitors to Casino Square in Monte Carlo.  Where once stood the Jardins Boulingrins,  you now find 5 pebble-shaped shaped constructions with 2,500 square feet of shopping space.  Here you can buy your Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Akris, Sonia Rykiel, Yves Saint Laurent and so on ...

Each pavilion has a different shape and size ranging from 220 to 600 m² and a ceiling height of maximum 10 m. The temporary pavilions are meant to last 4 years, which corresponds to the duration of the renovation works at the Hôtel de Paris and the Sporting d’Hiver. Then, apparently, these businesses will close down and take up their new accommodation in the Sporting d'Hiver.

This is all part of the redevelopment programme by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) for the Place du Casino. The beautiful Art Deco building, the Sporting d’Hiver (which you see in the background) will be demolished and replaced by three buildings including businesses, high-end residences, offices and leisure and spaces for recreation and culture.

26 December 2014

Bûche de Noël



The dessert tray at Restaurant La Piazza in Monaco yesterday.  3 different flavoured Bûches de Noël, no less! My lovely friend Millie and I had the marron et chocolat. Yummy!

Sorry for the slightly blurry foreground.... blame two glasses of champagne, followed by a good Italian red!




24 December 2014

Crystals for Christmas


To my dear friends and readers of this blog, I send you a million crystals from the lights of Nice for Christmas.  May you have a day filled with peace and love.
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