The European Union’s external borders will be closed to non-essential travel for 30 days as of Tuesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus, while France is following Italy and Spain in imposing a nationwide lockdown for at least 15 days.
In an address to the nation Monday night, President Emmanuel Macron announced France was at war against COVID-19. He announced new measures both within France and across the EU to contain its spread.
Macron said as of midday Tuesday, the EU and Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone borders would be shut for 30 days for all but essential travel. Earlier in the day, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said she had made the recommendation to the 27-member bloc.
Macron also announced a minimum 15-day lockdown across France and its territories. People must drastically limit their movement outside their homes to essential work, errands and health services also as of Tuesday midday. Getting together with friends and non-household family members is forbidden, and violators risk punishment.
The new restrictions come amid surging numbers of coronavirus cases here — and as some hospitals increasingly struggle to cope with an overload of sick patients, especially in the eastern part of the country.
Macron also said the second round of local elections would be postponed, along with a series of unpopular reforms his government has pushed through in recent months. He announced measures to support businesses hard hit by the coronavirus, including more than $335 billion in tax and other relief.
Sisteron Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Sisteron is an attractive town (‘commune’) in France, in the département of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Its population in (1999) was 6,964 and in the région of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The inhabitants are called the ‘Sisteronnais’.
It is situated on the banks of the River Durance just after the confluences of the rivers Buech and Sasse. It is sometimes called the ‘Porte de la Provence’ (The Gateway to Provence) because it is in a narrow gap between two long mountain ridges (Baume/Gache and The Lure/Moulard).
Latitude = 44° 11′ 28″ North, longitude=05° 56′ 50″ East
Altitude = 485 metres
It is 135 km from Marseille, also 135 km from Grenoble and 180 km from Nice.
Sisteron is served by the A51 autoroute, which now by-passes the town, eliminating it as a notorious ‘bottle-neck’ for traffic. However the A51 autoroute from Grenoble has not been completed and so on Saturdays in July there are very severe traffic jams from Grenoble to Monestier until 2007. There is also a railway station on the line from Marseille to Briançon and to Grenoble.
Parking is generally easy and cheap. After that, just walk about. There is a tractor which tows a train of carriages up to the Citadelle for those who prefer not to walk up. It starts in the square by the mairie (Hotel de Ville).
The town has several important buildings including the mediaeval citadelle and the small 12th century cathedral. Many tourists also visit the town because of its climate (300 days of sunshine each year), its quaint narrow streets and the beautiful surrounding countryside. There is an annual festival with many events throughout the summer months and a market every Wednesday.
The beautiful surrounding countryside have many opportunities for walking. A long distance walk, the GR 6 (Grande Randonnée) passes east-west through Sisteron. There is a large artificial lake near the river slightly south-east of the town centre with a free, spacious lido which has many pleasant facilities. The river at the Gorge de Meouge (about 10km north west of the town) is another good place to swim and sun-bathe on the rocks.
The airfields at Vaumeilh, Motte du Caire and Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban are major centres for the sport of gliding. Climbers, rafters, canoeists and canyoners also use the local mountains and streams extensively. The Tourism Office in the marie can provide information about other local activities such as riding. In winter there are skiing resorts within easy range (less than an hour).
Rue Sauniere contains a selection of shops selling local souvenirs such as pottery, art, lavender honey, nougat and other local produce.
‘Pieds and paquets’ (sheep’s feet and tripe) follows the French policy of eating the entire animal. However the ‘fougasse’ (like an anchovey flavoured pizza) is highly recommended. The Hirondelle Patisserie near the top of Rue Droite is another must, including probably the best tartes aux framboises (raspberry tarts) in France.
The best restaurants in the town are: Les Becs Fins and the Hotel de Cours, but there are many other reasonable places such as Hotel de la Citadelle, Ratelier, Hotel du Tivoli and Lou Pebre. Hotel des Chenes to the north of town is also good. The nearest starred Michelin restaurant is the Bonne Etape at Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban but its offshoot next door called Au Gout de Jours is much better value.
You might just wish to give the restaurants a miss, however, and stop at the wood-oven pizza cart in the parking lot in the center of town to partake of the best 4-cheese pizza known to mankind. The secret is the amazing local cheeses used on the pie.
Bars are not a major feature; most drinking is done while eating. The local wines: Cotes de Luberon & Pierre Vert are highly drinkable. Rosé wines are excellent from the South of France and deservedly do not suffer from the ‘Mateus’ image prevalent in Britain.
Where to stay in Sisteron
The Hotel du Rocher provides good basic accommodation and there is an inevitable Ibis just to the north of the town. Hotel du Cours is probably the best hotel in the town, though the Bonne Etape also has accommodation. Hotel des Chenes to the north of town is medium priced.
The outlying region is on the edge of the Alps and has magnificent scenery. Places such as Manosque, Dignes les Bains and Gap are interesting enough for brief visits. The Grand Canyon de Verdon is a large gorge which can be driven round or pedaloed through. The Lac de Serre Poncon is a large artificial lake with many watersports. Not far to the south are the famous towns of Provence such as Aix and Avignon.
Verdon Gorge Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats Alpes-Côte d’Azur
The Verdon Gorge (French: Les Gorges du Verdon) is an awe-inspiring canyon in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France. The canyon varies from between 6 and 100m at the bottom, and 200 to 1500m at its rim.
History of Verdon Gorge
The canyon was formed in the Quaternary Era as a result of earth movements while the Alpes were moving upwards, and also from erosion of Jurassic era limestone by the Verdon river.
Throughout the 19th century, the deepest gorges were thought to be impenetrable. Only a few local woodcutters went down into the gorges on ropes, looking for box wood (buis) stumps that they used for making boules.
The canyon remained unexplored until the early 20th century. Armand Janet attempted a canoe exploration in 1896, but gave up because of the violent currents. In August of 1905, the speleologist Edouard Alfred Martel did the first complete exploration of the gorges on a 3-day expedition. Part of the Martel trail is still used, between Point Sublime to La Maline.
Les Gorges du Verdon is chiefly made up of extremely rugged terrain.
The best way to see this spectacular region in France is by car. The twisting, turning switchbacks would be no fun in a bus anyway. Beware, however, that gas stations are few and far between. Fill up well before approaching the gorge as the towns close to it do not have supplies. Also, while very enjoyable, this is a slow journey on winding roads, both going through the gorge and to reach it. So allow plenty of time.
The lookout at Sublime Point.
Take a drive along the north rim of the gorge (D952) and check out the numerous vantage points in the gorges along the way. Hiking – La Grande Randonnee passess nearby the northern rim of the gorge and can be used to link up with a few smaller local tracks down into the gorges.
Rafting is also a possibility, but unless you are an expert, should only be attempted in an organised group.
Although the area is rich in natural beauty, do take care when leaning over guard rails to take photographs. The terrain is steep and the loose rocks can be dangerous if you are not careful. There would be quite a lengthy wait for a rescue, particularly out of season.
Grasse on the eastern edges of the gorges and Aix-en-Provence to the west, are the two cities nearby offering most services.
Antibes Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats French Riviera – Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Antibes is a town in the French Riviera. The Cap d’Antibes is the break between the Bay of Cannes to the south-west and the Baie des Anges to the north east. Old Antibes and the port of Antibes are on the mainland on the side facing the Baie des Anges, while Juan les Pins is on the Cannes side and the magnificent Fort Carré lies between the port of Antibes and the rest of the Baie des Anges. Although Antibes is best known for its coast, the municipality does stretch up the hills inland.
- I About Antibes
- II Travel to Antibes
- III Transportation in Antibes
- IV What to see in Antibes
- V What to do in Antibes
- VI Work
- VII Shopping in Antibes
- VIII Where to eat in Antibes
- IX Drink
- X Where to stay in Antibes
- XI Where to go next
During the summer, the place is packed, primarily with French families. In the evenings, everyone is out at the many outdoor restaurants in the old part of Antibes and in Juan les Pins. A fun place for a relaxed vacation.
Antibes was founded by the Greeks over 2000 years ago with the name Antipolis. Shortly afterwards it was incorporated into the expanding Roman Empire when it was known as Antiboul. With the fall of the Roman Empire Antibes was a target of pirates and raiders until the growing power of Genoa removed most of these menaces.
Around the 11th century AD Antibes was a feudal town whose eventual overlord was the Pope. In 1384 it passed into the hands of the Grimaldi family – the former Genovese merchant princes who had now moved westwards to Monaco and Nice – as collateral to a loan that the Pope could not repay. Shortly after this Antibes became the easternmost port of the kingdom of France – at that time Nice was part of Savoy – and thus was extremely important. Over the years, and particularly during the 100 years war, it’s port was continually fortified and expanded, culminating in the Fort Carré and the Port Vauban finished in 1710.
The first tourists arrived at Cap d’Antibes in the 1880s and the adjacent town of Juan les Pins was built at the end of the 19th century. Although it expanded, during the early 20th century Antibes was less developed than its neighbors on the French Riviera and was thus a haven for artists such as Picasso and later Nicolas de Staël. This under-development did not last and as the 20th century drew to a close the combined municipality of Antibes-Juan-les-Pins was just a part of the unbroken development between Nice and Cannes.
There are three tourist information offices in Antibes-Juan les Pins:
- 42, avenue Robert Soleil (Antibes)
- 60, chemin des Sables (Juan-les-Pins)
- 51, boulevard Charles Guillaumont (Juan-les-Pins)
- On Boulevard d’Aguillon at the corner of Rue Thuret, in the old town near the ramparts
Travel to Antibes
Travel by train to Antibes
Both Antibes and Juan les Pins have train stations on the main Nice – Cannes line.
- Gare d’Antibes (Antibes train station), Place Pierre Sémard.
Travel by bus to Antibes
There is a regular bus service (#200) between Cannes, Antibes and Nice from Place Charles de Gaulle. Alternate buses go to Nice Airport (#250) and to Cap 3000, a large, friendly but quite expensive shopping centre near Nice.
Travel by plane to Antibes
The Nice airport is the closest airport to Antibes. It is about 20 kilometers from the airport to Antibes.
Travel by car to Antibes
The usual method of driving to Antibes is to take the A8 and exit at the Antibes exit (junction 44) and then taking the winding road down to Antibes. It is possible to approach Antibes along the coastal roads (RN98 and RN7) from Cannes and Nice/Cagnes sur Mer. In summer all these coastal roads can be extremely congested as can the main route from the A8. There are, however, very few alternative methods of access and all of them eventually use one of these roads so if you want to go to Antibes then you pretty much have to expect traffic jams.
Transportation in Antibes
Antibes’ beach and port seen from city walls. In the background, Cagnes and Nice.
- Walk. Antibes is a beautiful city. Walking to the old downtown is easy and makes for excellent views.
- Bike. Although Antibes may be very hilly in certain areas, riding bikes is certainly beautiful and somewhat rewarding. There are bike lanes starting at about the outskirts of the port on the Route de Nice and Bord de la Mer. You can ride from Antibes to Villeneuve-Loubet, and probably beyond, without much difficulty.
What to see in Antibes
- Le Sentier Du Littoral, Cap D’antibes. An easy and scenic 2-hour walk along the coastline. Free.
- The Cap (very romantic under a full moon) and beaches
- The port
- Old town and covered market
- Picasso museum – For hardcore Picasso fans. It’s where he lived, on the sea. Some choice works, painted plates, and a sculpture garden (not Picasso’s).
- Beaches of Juan les Pins
- Jazz Festival
- The former Art Déco villa of Francis Scott-Fitzgerald (now Hotel Belles Rives)
What to do in Antibes
- The covered market (Marché Provençal) offers fresh products every morning except Monday. It is a magnificent selection of meat, fish, cheese and vegetables. You will find the market close to the harbour.
- Cap d’Antibes is a beautiful and invigorating walk around the cape. Do not forget the good walking shoes and a bit of water. During bad weather, all or part of the sentier may be closed.
If you are seeking a career aboard one of the many superyachts in Antibes, a good place to register and start looking is Crew Central.
Shopping in Antibes
- Juan les Pins has a number of trendy boutiques
- In the old town a number of galleries with art for sale including paintings of local scenes
- Supermarkets – Carrefour and the centre commercial by the A8, various smaller ones down the hill. The supermarkets, mainly Carrefour, also sell the cheapest petrol locally.
- Antibes has a number of natural and health food stores, including le Panier Vert, Biocoop and Amplitude Bio. There are several other smaller health food stores in the area.
- The SPAR grocery store on Boulevard Wilson (near Lycée Audiberti) is ‘non-stop’ and has late closing hours (by French standards). They remain open when most other grocery stores do not.
Where to eat in Antibes
Antibes features both standard French cuisine as well as local specials focusing on fresh seafood and produce from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Scenic restaurants can be found around the port of Antibes, in the old town, and in Juan les Pins.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of cafés, bars and salons de thé in Antibes. Tea tends to be expensive (up to €4 per person) and not the highest quality (Lipton tea bags, for example). Coffee from coffee machines (35-50 centimes) is actually pretty decent, and good in a pinch.
Antibes can be a difficult place for vegetarian or vegan travellers. Vegetarians should not have much trouble but vegans can expect ending up with a bland and expensive salad. Servers tend to not be very accommodating and are often visibly insulted if asked to modify a dish. There is hope, however. There is a ‘falafel place’ in the old town near the covered market with vegan options. There is also Chez Helen’s, a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options in the old town. There are also a few Indian restaurants in the old town and, in Juan les Pins, a number of Asian restaurants.
- La Passagere, 33, boulevard Baudoin. Gourmet Restaurant. Quintessence of fine cuisine, la Passagère has one of the most popular terraces of the Riviera: panorama over the bay of Juan-les-Pins. €29-120.
- Bistrot Terrasse, 19, avenue Gallice. Hip restaurant nestled in the casual, contemporary and cosy atmosphere in an oasis of calm with palm fringed terrace, delicious authentic Mediterranean food, wine cellar and an indulgent pastry corner. €19-39.
- Chamkila, 4 rue Sade. Indian food, plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Friendly staff, cosy and colourful ambiance.
One interesting place to drink at is the Absinthe Bar La Balade (25 Cours Masséna, Antibes – Tel. 04 93 34 93 00 -email: firstname.lastname@example.org ). Absinthe, the mysterious green liqueur so much associated with 19th century artists and writers such as Van Gogh and Baudelaire, was outlawed for decades because of the health risks associated with its abuse, namely insanity and death. However these side effects seem to have been due to “quality control” issues and the herbs that go into absinthe are in fact good for you. Absinthe was only reintroduced legally again in about 2003, and there are very few places where it is possible to drink it. The bar is set in the basement of the Olive Oil shop by the covered market (Marché Provençal) of Antibes and is full of charm even without the lure of Absinthe. If there is a group of you the host will normally give each member of the group a slightly different absinthe so that you can try the different varieties. It is quite an experience and will set you back a mere €4 for a glass. Given the price of beer in the touristy bars by the port this is a real bargain. On Friday nights there is a piano man. The Absinthe bar also provides you with dozens of silly hats (yes, hats), which everyone wears and trades as the evening goes on.
- Bar Fitzgerald at the Hotel Belles Rives, 33, boulevard Baudoin. The Bar Fitzgerald is part of the much closed circle of Cafés Historiques et Patrimoniaux d’Europe with one of the most popular terraces of the Riviera over the bay of Juan-les-Pins.
Where to stay in Antibes
- Hotel Belles Rives, 33 boulevard Baudoin. Off the mythical road to Cap d’Antibes, a breathtaking art-deco palace sits on the water’s edge overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean with outstanding sea views. Former private mansion of Zelda & Scott-Fitzgerald, the Belles Rives offers 43 luxurious accommodations including 4 suites, Gourmet Restaurant La Passagere, Beach Restaurant Belles Rives, Private Beach, Water Sports Club, Piano Bar, 24 hours room service. €140-2000.
- Hotel Juana, La Pinede – 19, avenue Gallice. A shining example of 1930s Art-Deco architecture promising plenty of Riviera sparkle with a white marble pool, an hip restaurant named Bistrot Terrasse with a subtle jazz ambiance. Located in the heart of Juan-Les-Pins, a few steps away from the beach, the Hotel Juana offers 40 luxurious accommodations including 4 suites, swimming pool, fitness centre with bath steam, 24 hours room service. €130-1300.
- Antibes – Pierre & Vacances Port Prestige. The Residence occupies a prime location opposite Port Vauban and the ramparts, between the lively harbour and historical centre of Antibes. It consists of 5 small buildings, each with 4 floors, all linked by Mediterranean gardens. The Residence has a remarkable layout characterised by the harmonious combination of architecture, water and plants of a magnificent garden with terraces of trees, flowers and ponds. 1 kilometers from the residence, on the seafront road, you will find a free and unsupervised pebble beach and also a free and unsupervised sandy one, 400 m from the residence behind the old port.
- Garden Beach Hotel, 15-17 boulevard Baudoin , ✉ email@example.com. On the waterfront with marvellous terrace overlooking the sea. The rooms are with modern furniture and generous dimensions, with big beds. On demand satellite TV giving a good range of British tv channels. There is an underground car park. The staff is friendly and helpful. €139-279.
Where to go next
- French Riviera
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