February 23, 1997 |
"Nice is a singular city, a combination of stimulant to the senses such as I have seen nowhere in the world. " - Paul Valery The first time I went to Nice, almost 50 years ago, I traveled on Le Train Bleu. Alas, the famed Blue Train has succumbed to the airplane, but I still remember the blinding sunshine and the astonishing colors I saw riding along the water's edge for the first time: The blue, blue sea, the terra-cotta coastline, and the white froth of breaking waves - much like the colors of the French flag.
November 24, 1991 |
My wife and I have always wanted to visit the French Riviera. I'm retired, so we're looking for the least expensive way to get there. Any suggestions? W.L., Voorhees, N.J. The French Riviera offers 25 miles of Mediterranean beaches from Cannes to the Italian border, as well as nearly 200 museums and galleries, so there'll be plenty to keep you busy. Current consolidator ticket prices round-trip from New York to Paris are in the $400 to $500 range, and round-trip coach train fare to Cannes would be about $200.
October 31, 2011
ERIC RIPERT Who: Legendary French chef, owner of New York's four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, frequent guest judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," star of PBS series "Avec Eric," founder of 10 Arts at Philly's Ritz-Carlton hotel, and silver fox. Age: 46 Where from: Antibes, on the French Riviera Where now: New York, but he's often here to check on his kitchen at 10 Arts, until recently helmed by former "Top Chef" competitor Jen Carroll....
November 8, 1989 |
William Bernard Boston, 53, an actor who gave up his American citizenship to travel the world - studying at the Sorbonne, performing Shakespeare in London, directing the musical Hair in Germany, and singing on the French Riviera - died Monday night at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia. Mr. Boston, 53, was the great-great-grandson of the Rev. Daniel Peter Seaton, who was the first black minister to preach at Westminster Abbey in England. A native of Denton, Md., Mr. Boston was instrumental in establishing a black actors' guild in England during the early 1970s.
July 9, 1995 |
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN WORK AND HOME Dutch bridge tender Piet van Schijndel loves his work so much, he plans to take it home with him - all 30 tons of it - when the bridge is taken out of service this week. The drawbridge - which Van Schijndel has winched up and down by hand for 20 years to allow river traffic through - is being replaced by one farther upstream. "I just think it's a beautiful bridge," Van Schijndel, 49, said Friday. "I've worked at this bridge for 20 years.
February 11, 1997 |
The Mummers champion Ferko String Band will be strutting at Mardi Gras today - on the French Riviera. Ferko is participating in its first of four Carnivale de Nice parades over six days at Nice, according to president Anthony Celenza. He's one of about two dozen musicians on the Bridesburg band's first overseas trip since it went to Havana in the late 1950s. "This is the original Mardi Gras," Celenza said yesterday before departure. "The official invitation came from the city of Nice and we're one of three groups from the United States.
February 22, 1991 |
Ron Klein describes himself as "an anonymous person collecting society's throwaways in an attempt to reorder them into a new invention. " During his residency at the La Napoule Art Foundation near Cannes last summer, Klein combed flea markets along the French Riviera for "throwaways" indigenous to the region - things such as perfume retorts and wine-making apparatus. He combined these and other less exotic objects into a series of assembled sculptures that he's showing at Jessica Berwind Gallery.
July 31, 1986 |
Do not believe for a moment that Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot will grace this film fest. The "Magic Cans Film Festival" is not to be confused with the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, even though it, too, is being held in a delightful water's-edge setting - the Penn's Landing Great Plaza, Delaware Avenue and Walnut Street. But the Philly fete has a much higher purpose. It's a WMGK-FM-sponsored benefit for the People's Emergency Center, a West Philadelphia shelter for needy women and kids.
November 4, 2005 |
Seymour M. Guyer, 80, of Wyncote, a family physician in North Philadelphia for almost 50 years, died of heart failure Wednesday at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 2002 when he retired, Dr. Guyer was honored at a surprise luncheon by his patients. More than 150 people attended, and he received numerous cards and letters from well-wishers, said his wife, Charlene Sweet Guyer. Several generations of patients thanked him for his compassion, for making house calls, and for always comforting them with the words "don't worry, you'll be fine," his wife said.
March 1, 2012 |
THE GEORGES PERRIER era at Le Bec-Fin will end Saturday night. Amid the hushed white-tablecloth grandeur of the dining room of the Walnut Street institution, beneath enormous crystal chandeliers, Perrier addressed several dozen staff members before dinner service yesterday to introduce Le Bec-Fin's new owner, Nicolas Fanucci. "I never thought this day would happen," Perrier said, his voice breaking, his eyes welling with tears. "I'm 70 years old [actually, 68]. I just can't do this anymore.