A chance to shine
Of course, no-one can expect life as normal during the four days of the Monaco Grand Prix. Many residents have left for the week to avoid the frustrations, diversions and congestions of the petrol-head fest. However, although many businesses and banks will be closed tomorrow and Friday, many aspects of life in the Principality will continue as close to normal as practicable. Monaco's bus service will continue to operate during the Grand Prix but will not compete for space on the circuit, while other essential services will be unaffected. The Grand Prix is not only Monaco's number-one annual event, but an opportunity to show to the world what a marvelous place this is.
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A thousand years
Have just finished reading '1,000 Years of Annoying the French' by the author of 'A Year in the Merde,' Stephen Clarke, and I must say it has opened my eyes even further to the cultural divide between les Anglais and the French. In fact it's more of a chasm, and it's not just in culture that the two nations differ. There is a complete difference in attitude to almost anything, and although as a youngster I used to see the world as a place improved immeasurably by the Gauls - a view to which I still adhere - it has not taken me very long to agree with Carla Bruni that the Italians are the French in a good mood. In other words, the French personality is rather complex. I will devote the rest of my life to further study, most of it from my terrarse.
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CURRENT: Art exhibition by Irish painter Mark McFadden at the Hotel des Ventes, 10-12 Quai Antoine 1er, until May 26. Organised by Sabine Ferber.
British Association pottery outing: Thursday 30th May, a day spent with Dominique Allain in Roquefort les Pins learning all about Raku pottery has been planned. The day will start with a presentation, a guided tour of his workshop, a demonstration given by Dominique and also a chance to paint your own design on a cup/bowl, all of which will then be put into the kiln to be fired. A picnic lunch, weather permitting, will be provided in the garden. In the afternoon, the kiln will be opened, a demonstration on the 'raku' process while your cups/bowls become a unique 'Raku' masterpiece for you to take home! Price for members €25 and for non-members €35. Car pooling can be arranged. Booking form was sent out with the April issue of BAM News and can also be found on the BAM website: www.bam-monaco.org Limited space only, so book early.
JCE Breakfast meeting: Monday, June 10. The Government has decided to create a free port in Monaco in order to promote and develop the market for art in the Principality. The Monaco Freeport will allow the suspension of duties and taxes on stored artworks from EU countries, including music instruments, collectibles and objets d'art, and jewelry. The Junior Chamber of Commerce has organized a breakfast meeting to hear two speakers on the topic, Jean Castellini, Government Counsellor for Finance and Economy, and Claude Valion, Director of SEGEM. The breakfast will take place on Monday, June 10, 2013, at 8:15 in the Bellevue Lounge of the Cafe de Paris. To register, before June 7, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TRIED & TESTED
It could be voted as the restaurant with the most romantic little terrace on the Rock, having the Palace on one side and the beautiful sea view on the other. Especially now, at the beginning of the summer season, when Castleroc opens for fine dining in the evenings a well as for lunches.
Yes, candlelit dinner on the Rock with your loved one could be quite sensational there… But so can lunch. Especially when the person who invited you is dressed as if she has just come from a photo-shoot with Elle, Cote d'Azur edition, and who moves around with the confidence and pride of someone who is a part of this family business, knows just about everybody in town, as a Monaco socialite would, and leads the conversation with ease and such an intelligent interest in her guest, you may wonder if she has something to do with Psychology. Now, I promised no names. But did I give you enough clues?
It has been exactly 60 years this year since the Castleroc restaurant on the Rock opened its doors to diners for the first time. Always in the hands of one of the oldest families in Monaco, the family Bonafede, the restaurant prides itself in offering truly Monagasque traditional food. Well, nobody loves Barbagiuans more than me.
Since February this year the Castleroc has been operating fully under the supervision of Philipe and Marc Bonafede, brothers of the latest generation. In this romantic set-up they might appear as knights in armour ready to guide you through the mouth-watering menu and recommend their specialities of the day.
If you love fish, this is the place to eat. The restaurant has its own "Fisherman Corner" with fresh fish (seabream, sea bass, John Dory, turbot and sole) picked up from the fishermen early in the morning - the price depends on the morning market and may slightly vary. The fish of your choice is then baked on the grill in a rock salt a la Riviera style… But I highly recommend the stockfish, the restaurant's speciality and Monaco national plate. It takes four days to prepare and is available only on Fridays and Sundays.
There is a selection of meat dishes on the menu, like veal, lamb, beef prepared "on the grill" with fresh herbs, but before you wonder about the main meal, tease your palate with a starter. This is a must. Either warm, my choice, as the selection of Monegasque appetizers that include their own signature Barbagiuans - truly divine, or cold, my hostess's choice, artichokes and crab salad in orange sauce, also divine. As the second course, we both agreed on steamed cabillot fish in green tea emulsion and sauce with red wild rice on a bed of vegetables.
Accompanied by my favourite white wine, this lunch in the breeze from the Mediterranean, next to the Palace high on the Rock makes one want to share the experience. An idea where to take your visitors but also a great place for any family celebration, like weddings. Yes, the pictures would look stunning.
The Grand Prix starts Castleroc's evening openings, so a romantic or family-friendly ambience, either on the terrace or inside space, with beautifully-laid round tables, is now available for lunch or dinner. I opted for cafe gourmand for dessert with a selection of three mini options of sweet creations from the menu. Next time I may just go for their citrus tiramisu. Hard to forget that one…
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1. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word
Home! I have lived in Monaco for nearly twenty years now, I married here and also had my son. My businesses are also here so Monaco is really the centre of my personal and business life.
2. What is your favourite part of the Principality and why?
For me I would have to say Casino Square. This part of Monaco has all the glitz and glamour that you would expect to find when you think of Monaco. The Cafe de Paris is a great place for a glass of champagne and people watching!
3. Where will we most likely see you having your morning coffee?
Princes tea room on Boulevard Princesse Charlotte. It's right next to my business and the cup cakes are amazing!
4. What place would you recommend for a good lunch?
Beef Bar in Fontvielle. The truffle mashed potato is simply sublime!
5. What was/is your favourite cultural event in Monaco and why?
I would have to say the concerts at the Sporting d'Ete. It's probably one of the few places in the world you can see the most talented artists perform in a small and intimate environment
6. Where would you like to be invited for dinner?
Maya Bay. This restaurant serves simply excellent Japanese and Thai cuisine in a stunning background.
7. How is the Principality changing in your eyes?
Over the last 20 years I have seen great changes, many building projects and infrastructure changes. Monaco is certainly busier than it was and some of the village atmosphere has gone but the positive is that there is now a far more cosmopolitain feel to the make up of the residents.
8. What would you like to see changed?
Traffic and tourists !! Of course I appreciate that tourists represent income for the principality but at the height of summer when the roads and pavements are blocked, making even the shortest journey takes forever!
9. Who is the biggest star/personality/a person you admire the most?
I think Prince Albert. It sounds a cliche but the role he performs is often a thankless one. He appears to have taken up the mantle of his late father and continues his good works whilst putting his own stamp on Monaco with a quiet confidence and humility.
10. Is Monaco your home for the rest of time?
Who knows what the future holds but for the moment I cannot think of another place in the world where you can find the same blend of safety, weather, people and business opportunities.
Nice may not be as bad as Marseille for street crime, but recent figures show an alarming increase in thefts and muggings, up 20 percent on last year. The authorities are unable to cope with it, and the danger for the regional economy is that the bad news will filter back to Britain and other countries and the tourists will stay away, further damaging the trade on which so many people depend for a living along the Riviera. Then, according to conventional wisdom, street crime will increase again. There is a very real danger that matters will spiral out of control. In the meanwhile, it is not a good idea to walk the streets of Nice at night, and even in the day it's a bit of a gamble.
Very little help in this matter can be expected from Paris, where the most unpopular President for very many decades is concentrating his efforts on pushing a policy of social inclusion for homosexuals and easier abortion, with the Malian adventure thrown in to show he's serious, at least about something. This week Hollande made a couple of token attempts to improve the economy by revealing plans to attract more foreign investment as the country struggles with the threat of recession and joblessness of over 10 percent. He said a new "entrepreneur visa" would be created for foreigners seeking to set up an innovative business in France, if they were prepared to invest a "sufficient amount” of money, reported France24. Hollande also announced a long-anticipated reform of the capital gains tax — on the sale of company stakes or entire firms — which the government had wanted to raise as part of plans to reduce the public deficit before backtracking on the proposal last year following a revolt by entrepreneurs. He said that business owners would now qualify for an up to 85 percent exemption if they held the stake for at least eight years. Smaller rebates would be offered for shorter periods.
All this is fiddling while Paris burns, as well it might this summer, thanks to the 'disaffected' and unemployable youth of the suburbs. The problem of this administration is that it is pseudo-Communist. No-one can do anything, as an entrepreneur, without the permission of the state, and the state takes taxes and other impositions upfront, before the would-be businessman or woman has made a euro-centime. That is not going to change, unfortunately, and until one day it does France will continue to decline. This is very sad for a country that remains so wonderful in so many important ways.
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Scots or British?
Dear Editor, Robin Morris with his rant about Andy Murray being British until he loses and then becoming Scottish comes some decades too late ! I remember the same "fate" for Mary Peters in the 70s. Maybe Mr Morris should get someone to help him down from the cross.....Easter was several weeks ago!
Dear Ian, Jeff Daniels' Sangri-La comment resonated with me in the sense of the cynical ways people use the gender divide. I had a similar reaction when I read in Monaco Today that the Gallery Carre D'Or seized on International Women's Day to open its Fashion Art exhibit and pay special homage to - a man!
Sincerely, Anne Dewez
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Meet filmmaker Mary McGuckian from Northern Ireland and learn about her current production 'The Price of Desire.'
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