21 Eylül 2015 Pazartesi

Chartering a Yacht in the French Riviera and Monaco Luxury Yacht Charter

The French Mediterranean is one of the world's most visited charter destinations, for many well-deserved reasons. The climate is sublime, the landscape stunning, and the stops offer everything from tranquil islands to "flash" destinations such as St Tropez, Monaco and Cannes. It all sums up to a perfect destination for an unforgettable yachting holiday.During the charter season, which extends from April to October, the wind rarely is too strong, the sea is generally quiet, the tides and currents are mostly negligible, the ports are numerous and the destinations interesting and world renowned. There is good reason why many of the most famous painters, including Picasso and Cezanne, chose this area to live - it's stunning!

The region offers almost too much choice for a one week holiday. Do you want to walk the Cannes Croisette in the footsteps of movie stars, take a spot on the beach in trendy St Tropez along side numerous celebrities, walk the old port of Nice and hit the casino in stunning Monaco, or are you looking for the quiet yachting in beautiful areas such as the Porquerolles or Lerins Islands, the Esterel Cliffs, and the beautiful seaside towns such as Villefranche and Eze-sur-Mer. Or see the villa'd splendor of the famous "Caps" of Antibes, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and d'Ail. The French Riviera is also the perfect starting point for an extended Mediterranean cruise, that can include Corsica, Sardinia, the Ligurian and Tuscan Italian coast, or over to Barcelona, Majorca and Ibiza in Spain. Decisions, decisions!A coastline full of world famous destinations, the French Riviera or "Cote d'Azur" is one of the best yacht charter destinations in the world

French Riviera Ports and Destinations

Below is a quick summary of the top destinations in the French Riviera. Most have complete pages with more in-depth information. Additionally, click on the "Charter Yachts" links to see a sampling of boats in the respective ports.Antibes, Cap d'Antibes, Juan les Pins

Both an ancient Greek and Roman fortified town, today Antibes is a bustling port town and yachting center. The most notable landmark is the chateau in the Old Town, housing the Picasso Museum. Antibes has many old winding streets, a good variety of food, and is today heavily influenced by the yachting industry, as many key Yachts and Boat Brokerages are based there, and "yachties" abound. Antibes is a fantastic central point for daily rental boats, exploring the Riviera coastline.

The adjacent Juan-les-Pins town is a typical French seaside resort, offering sandy beaches and a good night life.Antibes charter yachts | Our Antibes, Port Vauban and Cap d'Antibes yacht charter guide;Bandol:Bandol is a seaside resort that offers many sandy beaches, cliffs, inlets in a beautiful natural environment surrounded by hills of pines and willows. The port itself shelters 1,500 boats of all sizes and plenty of seaside cafes. Its nearby vineyards are famous and reputed to have the best reds in the South of France - worth a side trip if you have time.

Our Bandol charter yachts;Beaulieu sur Mer:beaulieu sur merBeaulieu-sur-Mer is a pretty seaside resort and port right in the heart of the French Riviera. It borders the communes of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Èze, and Villefranche-sur-Mer and is located 6 miles (10 km) east from Nice and west of Monaco.Beaulieu is sheltered from the cold alps winds because if its place at the base of beautiful cliffs, and is graced with lush vegetation, including oranges, lemons, and bananas, as well as palms.

Our Beaulieu charter yachts: Cannes

Cannes Old Town, viewed from the beachCannes receives a massive dose of publicity each year because of the Cannes Film Festival, and there is a good reason why the film festival resides there. The city offers the panache and glitz that the movie industry seeks, plus a whole lot more. The beautiful curving Croisette boardwalk, spanning the entire bay and connecting the two ports, offers a sandy beach (replete with poodles and French ladies in fur and boots) and the famous hotels and designer shops that Cannes is known for. The main shopping street - Rue d'Antibes, is just behind the Croisette.

The bay itself is gorgeous, surrounded by hills and rock formations that reach all the way to the French Alps (which are visible on clear days), and full of amazing yachts. A visit to the French Rivera really wouldn't be complete without a stopover in Cannes for some shopping, lunch on the Croisette, and people/yacht watching.


Cassis is a beautiful old fishing town near Marseille surrounded by stunning cliffs and rock formations. A visit is well worth it, for a relaxing lunch in the port, a hike in the hills, or a side trip to sample the best white wines in the area. It is a must stop for any sailing charters in the region.

Fréjus/San Raphael

Fréjus is well known for its beautiful long and wide white sandy beaches and the nearby Roman ruins. It also boasts a nice old town, is a very popular tourist destination in the summer for French and visitors from all over Europe. San Raphael offers a bustling old town directly on the beach, and the third largest marina on the French Riviera.

Lerin Islands

The "Iles de Lérins" are two large islands that lie just off the coast of Cannes. Ile Sainte-Marguerite is the larger island and is covered by a pine and eucalyptus forest. There are a few cafes and restaurants, and history buffs can visit the cell where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. Ile Saint-Honorat, just south, has a Cisterian abbey that still produces a local wine. The passage between the islands is a popular anchor point for many of the yachts of the region, and a great place to stay for the night if you've been visiting Cannes or Antibes. Information on Chartering from Cannes to the Lerin Islands.


marseilleMarseilles is a superb Provencal port, that suffers from and undeserved bad image. It has a beautiful old port, offers 2600 years of history (it was started by the Phonecians in 600BC and then succeeded by Greeks and Romans) and provides everything that a Mediterranean port city should, including the famous Bouillabaisse. It is a perfect gateway for a Mediterranean cruise, as more and more airlines are now flying there, and the other destinations of the Cote d'Azur are within easy reach. The coastline is spectacular, and you are quite near the Porquerolles, Cassis and Bandol.Our Marseille charter yachts


monacoMonaco is almost synonymous with style, money, gambling and Formula 1 in many people's minds, and deservedly so. It also hosts many of the worlds largest and most amazing yachts. But beyond the glitz, Monaco is a stunningly beautiful town/country with the Grimaldi Palace, impressive mountainous backdrop, and architecture (where it hasn't been overrun by sleek high-rises that hold all the millionaires). It's definitely worth a stop on any itinerary.Our Monaco charter yachts | See our Monaco yacht charter guide


Nice is both a very popular boating destination, as well as the main entry point to the French Riviera because of the Nice/Cote d'Azur airport. It is a fairly large town, with approximately 400K inhabitants, but also retains its old world charm in the beautiful Old Port and the Old Town with its excellent markets. From the Promenade des Anglais, which is a long boardwalk curving along the entire waterfront, you still get a feeling for its early 1900's splendor with the beautiful architecture. You can find all kinds of restaurants and activities, as befits a town of its size. One warning, the beach is pebbled, not sandy.Our Nice charter yachts

Porquerolles/Iles d'Or

iles d'orPorquerolles is the biggest of the three islands of Or in the Hyères gulf (near Toulon). It is a very popular destination for all types of boats, as it offers many bays and harbors, and nearly unspoiled terrain (80% of the island is protected park). The island boasts a 3 star Michelin restaurant, and several other places for excellent sea food. The north of the island offers beautiful sandy beaches, the south excellent cliffs and rock formations. Many visitors rent bikes to fully explore the island.Our Porquerolles charter yachts


cap ferratSaint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the most famous of the `Caps` in the French Riviera, and home to exclusive villas, the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its incredible gardens, and a nice Zoo.This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, and has a delightful stone path that allows you to hike the entire peninsula by the sea. There`s a small beach near the port, but Cap-Ferrat is famously jagged, making for excellent picture taking opportunities.Our Cap Ferrat charter yachts | See our Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Yacht Charter Guide

Saint Tropez

the beach and dock at the world famous Club 55 in St TropezSaint Tropez gained its fame as one of the most chic resorts in the world in the 1930's when it became a top destination of starlets and the rich and famous. It offers both the famous Pampelonne Beach and and quaint old port town. Pampelonne Beach offers dozens of beach clubs - including the world Famous "Club 55" - that take spending a day on the beach to a high art form - you purchase a chair and umbrella for the day, enjoy a long gourmet lunch at the attached restaurant with plenty of rose wine, and don't worry about anything else. The town offers a port brimming with Mangustas and classic yachts, a broad array of cuisine, from simple cafe to 3 star Michelin, and numerous shops (from exclusive labels to touristy souvenir shops). As well as this we also have some fantastic bareboat charter opportunities in St Tropez!

You may run into a movie star or celebrity, but most of them hide away on the private beaches or in their exclusive villas. Best to concentrate on the yachting, which is beautiful, and to be thankful that you can reach St Tropez by water instead of the horribly clogged road into town!Our Saint Tropez charter yachts | Our Saint Tropez Charter Planning Guide | Pampelonne Beach & Club 55 yacht charter


villefrancheA quaint and beautiful port between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche-Sur-Mer is a perfect port for a night stay when cruising the Cote d'Azur on any boat. The medieval port has the requisite red roofs, vaulted passages over cobblestone streets, and a distinctive church steeple. The beautiful views of the town and surrounding hills and cliffs make this a fantastic stopover.

A Typical 7 Day Luxury Cruise Itinerary from Cannes

Day 1: Arrive afternoon Nice Cote d’Azur airport, transfer to your Yacht berthed in the Port of Cannes.

Day 2: St. Tropez for lunch at Club 55 and a day at a private beach

Day 3: Porquerolles for swimming, biking, and enjoying the peace and quiet. Dinner at Le Mas du Langoustier

Day 4 : Iles Lerins for relaxation, seeing Cannes, and the cell of the Masked Man

Day 5: Villefranche to see the beautiful port and explore the old town

Day 6: Monaco for sightseeing and a try at the Casino

Day 7: Nice for a visit to the old town before transferring back to the Airport

The above itinerary is designed for a motor yacht. To do the same route on a sailing yacht you should plan two weeks.

If you're looking for a charter for a Day Charter, try Cannes to Monaco or Cannes to St Tropez. We also have a great 7 day Sailing Charter Itinerary.

If you'd like any suggestions about the French Riviera, please feel free to contact us.
French Riviera Climate;The unique position that the French Riviera holds between the Mediterranean Sea and the French Alps creates a micro-climate that makes the area's weather so delightful. Warm sunny days can be found all year round - its common to lunch in the sun in January, and the months of June and September are usually glorious. Temperature swings are not particularly extreme - 90+ degree heat is uncommon even in August because of the cooling effect of the Mediterranean, and snow is a very rare occurrence.

 The famous "Mistral" wind does occur intermittently throughout the year, especially in the Var region (the western area) that is closer to the Rhone Valley where it originates. This can produce some exciting or hazardous sailing conditions.Water temperatures are in the 70's to low 80's in the summer, perfect for water sports of all kinds.

Our Yachts in the French Riviera

We have hundreds of Luxury and Super Yachts available for Charter, from several ports including Cannes, Antibes, Monaco and St Tropez. We also offer a broad range of Sailing Yachts perfect for enjoying this gorgeous area, and many motor yachts for that special day cruise. We can also get you a Riva or Mangusta if you really want to do the Riviera with some flash.

Given that many visitors to Cannes are attendees at conferences or festivals, we offer a full range of boats to rent to entertain and stay on at the Festivals, even if you're not a movie star ;-) Please browse through these yachts we have on the site, and let us know which one(s) may be of interest. If you don't find the perfect boat or have specific needs, we can search for it for you, so just fill out our custom booking form and we'll get right on it.
Source : www.boatbookings.com/yachting_content/french_riviera.php

5 Mayıs 2015 Salı

FACT/SF Hunts for Relief at San Francisco's Joe Goode Annex

It's no use trying to guess what Charles Slender-White will come up with next. Since its founding in 2008, his agile contemporary dance troupe, FACT/SF, has defied pigeon-holing. "Maddening" and "thought-provoking" are words that crop up often, both in reference to his dance theatre pieces and his more abstract work.Slender-White's background in dance is unusual even by the eclectic standards of the Bay Area, which is fertile ground for makers of contemporary dance and dance theatre, and whose audiences are sympathetic to experiments.

Trained as a gymnast and a springboard diver through his teens (he lettered at Cal), he started taking dance seriously at age 19, as a sophomore in UC Berkeley's dance program, under Marni Thomas Wood, distinguished alumna of the Martha Graham Dance Company. While the program gave him a rigorous grounding in Graham and Cunningham technique, he got his ballet fix at Berkeley Ballet Theater.

Summers at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina brought him in contact with Tatiana Baganova, who whisked him off to dance with her Provincial Dances Theatre, a pioneering modern dance company in Russia. So, straight out of college, the inexperienced Slender-White found himself in the industrial city of Yekaterinburg the first and only American dancer in a company that was heroically fusillading centuries-old traditions of classical dance in Russia. He recalls his two years with the company as inspiring and grueling, surrounded by the highest caliber dancers and immersed in the revolutionary repertoire that Baganova was introducing to Russian audiences.

He was particularly proud of having danced in Baganova's updating of the 1923 Nijinska-Stravinsky classic, Les Noces, and in her surrealist Wings at Tea, inspired by a Chagall painting. The latter involved flying pigs, women made up like dolls, with massive coiffures, men in business suits, both sexes smoking cigarettes like chimneys. They danced the samba with buckets of water, into which the women dipped their hair, then flung their wet hair around. Which all made for treacherous partnering.

Lured back to California's sunnier climes, Slender-White formed his own company, and in 2012, in a fitting nod to his Russian influences, he took FACT/SF on tour to eight cities across Russia, with the support of the U.S. State Department.

2 Mart 2015 Pazartesi

President Erdogan: Former Miss Turkey Faces Prison For Insulting

The lawyer for a model and former Miss Turkey says she could face up to two years in prison for social media posts that prosecutors have deemed to be critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Emre Telci said Wednesday an Istanbul prosecutor is demanding that Merve Buyuksarac be prosecuted on charges of insulting a public official. A court will decide whether to start proceedings. Buyuksarac was detained last month for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account. She denies insulting Erdogan. She becomes the latest figure to face trial for insulting Erdogan, amid fear the country is lurching toward authoritarian rule. In recent years, Turkey has curbed media freedoms, cracked down on critical social media postings and prosecuted hundreds of people who took part in mass anti-government protests.

1 Mart 2015 Pazar

Iraq Reportedly Launches Large-Scale Military

Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group. Al-Iraqiya television said Monday that the forces were attacking the city of Tikrit, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city, but gave no details. Hours ahead of the operation, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the extremist group, promising them a pardon. Tikrit, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, fell into the hands of the Islamic State group last summer along with the country's second-largest city of Mosul and other areas in Sunni heartland.

24 Ekim 2014 Cuma

Zelda Williams Pays Tribute To Late Father Robin Williams With Tattoo

Robin Williams' daughter is keeping the memory of her late father alive in a very permanent and personal way. On Tuesday, Zelda Williams shared a photo of the newly inked hummingbird on her right hand, along with the beloved actor's birthdate, "7.21.51." The tattoo is a tribute to her father, who died in August. "For poppo," she wrote along with the photo. "Thank you to the incomparable @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life. I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."

The 25-year-old, who previously quit Twitter and Instagram after being taunted by trolls following her Robin's death, went on to say that she wasn't sure how she'd be using her account in the future. "As for this Instagram, I don't know in what capacity I'll continue using it in the future, but I'm leaving it up regardless so that fake accounts hoping to use my name or misuse my family's photos will get no traction," she wrote. "To be clear, this is MY ONLY account. Publicly, I have Twitter, and this. If other people post quotes and photos claiming to be me or my family, please, do not send them personal information or click links, even for charity.They could be utilizing sympathy to scam you. For the record, no one has ever or will ever speak for me but me. Thank you."

Obama! Offers Federal Support To NYC In Caring For Doctor

WASHINGTON  President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case. Obama spoke Thursday night to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The White House says some officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already on the ground, with another team expected to have arrived late Thursday. Obama is asking Cuomo and de Blasio to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, Obama's "Ebola czar," and public health officials in Washington. He's pledging more help if needed to ensure proper care for the patient and safety for health workers and the public. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive Thursday. He's the fourth Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

15 Eylül 2013 Pazar

Scarlett Johansson Stuns At New York Premiere Of 'Don Jon'

It's good to be Scarlett Johansson, if red carpet photos from Thursday night's New York premiere of "Don Jon," the directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mean anything. The newly engaged actress was positively glowing as she posed in a sea-green dress and nude platform stilettos, and wore her hair swept back in a high ponytail. Her engagement ring was also on full display as she smiled for cameras.

Johansson stars alongside Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza in a film about a man who is addicted to porn.

Earlier this week, the 28-year-old star spoke out about her engagement to French journalist Romain Dauriac, whom she had been dating since at least November 2012. "My friend was like 'congrats on timing,'" she told "ET Canada," in reference to the added publicity while touring for a movie. "Things work out the way they do. Maybe it's better just to get it out the way."