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Riviera Insider says goodbye...

After more than 20 years, the leading English-language magazine for the French Riviera hangs it's hat.



“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye…”


Sometimes, song lyrics are the best way to relay a message and what better song than from the classic film, ‘The Sound of Music’. Like the film, we put on a smile and enjoy the circumstances as best we can, despite the ominous state of the world.


The past two years have been a doozy for most people and businesses, and we are no exception. We fought a hard fight, adapted to digital, but it still wasn't enough. The publisher has decided to discontinue both Riviera Insider and Riviera Zeit.


What started as a German-language newspaper, “Riviera Zeitung”, almost 30 years ago, the addition of “Rivera Times” in 2002, added a much-desired English newspaper as well. Created by the formidable, cosmopolitan, and multi-lingual Petra Hall, Mediterra was a pioneer of international publishing in the then sleepy but chic Côte d’Azur and Ligurian coast. Originally broadsheet newspapers, we have evolved over the years to what you know today, the gorgeous, glossy magazines. And to this day, nearly 30 years later, our publications continue to be the leading source for news and lifestyle for the international community in the French Riviera.


So, it is with a heavy heart for both myself and my dear colleague, Aila Stöckmann, to say goodbye.


Personally, I joined the team in 2015 as an intern and absolutely fell in love with everyone at Riviera Press and was thrilled to take over the helm in 2018. We have been a fun and happy team and I have loved every second of putting this magazine together.


The French Riviera is one of the most magical places in the world, not only for the famous weather and glamorous events, but most especially for the people. The artists, the chefs, the business owners, the people making a difference… These have been the most rewarding encounters. A place is made rich not by money but by the quality, creativity and diversity of its people. Where else can you find such a happy mix of international residents?

Riviera Insider Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Ruskell

It has been my pure joy and honour to be able to cover this region and bring you the unique stories and fabulous events. And despite the end of Riviera Insider, more and more incredible people will continue to create and innovate, so pay attention to the great things happening here!


Thank you to all our loyal readers and part-time lovers.


Not goodbye, but au revoir,


Nicole Ruskell


PS. Riviera Press remains, don’t miss the other publications like the French business magazine, Start; our luxury, Palaces, and our useful seasonal guides.

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