Gay Pride on the French Rivieras in Photos

Author: , June 29th, 2012

French Riviera Gay PrideAlong the sun-kissed and sparkling French Riviera, the city of Nice hosted its 9th annual Pink Parade on June 16, with thousands of queers and their friends marching from Avenue Saint-Jean-Baptiste to the glitzy seaside Promenade des Anglais.

Though traditionally conservative (as moneyed getaways often are), Nice has flowered into a true queer darling in recent years. Now even the city’s tourism bureau is embracing the LGBT demographic as a target market. And, really, what’s not to love? Warm sun, beautiful beaches, and impossibly blue skies that’ve had artists swooning for centuries–not to mention the totally gracious and gorgeous locals.

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Nice and Cannes on the French Riviera

Author: , July 14th, 2011

The French Riviera, or Cote d’Azur, ranks among Europe’s most enduring – and alluring – gay playgrounds. True, this stretch of rugged Mediterranean coastline at the southeastern tip of France doesn’t generate quite as much buzz with GLBT travelers as Sitges, Ibiza, or Mykonos, as it’s not a pure party playground. But the sunny and sophisticated French Riviera (www.frenchriviera-tourism.com) is ideal for a romantic getaway, and the most gay-popular communities – Cannes and Nice – abound with beautiful beaches, chic shopping, exceptional art museums, and atmospheric cafes and open-air markets.

Nice

Nice (www.nicetourisme.com) – the largest city in the region, with about 350,000 residents and an international airport with direct flights from North America – also supports an active GLBT organization, AGLAE (www.aglae06.fr) which sponsors Gay Pride each July and produces a gay guide to that’s distributed free at many businesses. The city is home to several fine museums, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Matisse Museum of Nice. This is also a fine city for shopping, with dozens of upscale boutiques set along Rue Pastorelli and Rue du Marechal Joffre, including the famous Galeries Lafayette department store.

For great views of the city and harbor, climb the stairs to Castle Hill and stroll among the botanical gardens and medieval ramparts, soaking up the views of the bustling port neighborhood – you can see for miles up and down the coast. At the base of the hill, bustling, Old Town’s narrow streets, classic architecture, esteemed galleries, and open-air flower and food markets contain a number of the city’s gay-frequented businesses.

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