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As time goes by...

As time goes by...

I am sure most of us say 'Where has the time gone!' Time seems to fly and we never really understand why. As we can see, one minute it was the height of summer and now we are in autumn! Yes! "Where did summer go!?" We live our lives according to clocks... for lunch, meetings, fetching children from school, social events and bedtime! Keeping to time is quite reassuring knowing that the outcome is a less chaotic existence, especially as we try to cram as much as possible into very little time, especially spare time.

As time goes by and we reflect on what has happened in our lives, it isn't the actual time we remember but what happened at that precise moment.

"Time is not measured by clocks but by moments..."

It is good to be aware and to be conscious of how we consume our time. Whether there are experiences in our lives that were good or bad does not matter because sometimes the less favourable times in our lives have been the gateway to great things and to better times. Let bad times be the catalyst for change and good times be what drives you to higher grounds. I can recall so many times in my life because of what took place, and many of these moments have been ones that I know have shaped me and enriched me. I am grateful for these wonderful memories. So yes, time passes by quickly, so create moments that will inspire you and moments that make you smile.

Talking of time... Don't forget that on the Sunday morning of 29th at 3am, the clocks go back one hour! Wishing you wonderful moments this autumn!

Woman of the Month: Tracy Leonetti

The 'Woman of the month' feature is about real women doing real things and on The Riviera Woman, we love to read stories that inspire us. This October our Woman of the Month is Tracy Leonetti who is celebrating 5 years in business. Read Tracy's story and answers to our famous 5 questions. Read more

Carlease Burke: Face to face after 8 years

A Facebook connection made 8 years ago where only a virtual friendship existed, has at last become a true face to face meet up. Carlease Burke lives in the US and her adventure on a Mediterranean cruise has allowed this most wonderful occasion... Read more

Featured Artist: Raffaella Issoglio - The Candle Princess

Raffaella Issoglio a former fashion designer in Turin, now she designs and creates the most exquisite candles of all shapes and sizes. This is haute couture of candle making... Read more

Wellness: Anette Shine - Maximise your fitness time

A new fitness regime created by Anette Shine combines Zumba and Pilates: 'Zumbalates'. This is the perfect opportunity to have fun, keep fit and maxamise your time even if you have a busy lifestyle. Read more

Recipes: Judy Mansfield - Sloe Gin Chocolate

You will often find sloes growing in the wild and along country paths. A recent photo posted on social media spurred on a number of recipes... besides making gin. This recipe sent in by Judy Mansfield involves chocolate, so it must be good. Read more

Sarah's Vignettes: A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick

Sarah Swan just loves to read books, books and more books. For this October Sarah has chosen to feature: A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick. Just the book to snuggle up with as the nights draw in... Read more

Judy Churchill: Your Feelings are Your Feedback

Feelings are mental alarm bells and a feedback mechanism that is sounding to warn you before you reach the breakdown stage. This month our coach Judy Churchill explains why your feelings are your feedback... Read more

Julia Moore: Public spaces, private moments

Julia finds herself reflecting on the use of public spaces, whilst staying in a South London hotel. How the municipality decide on the decorations of public spaces, too, reflects history and culture...  Read more 

Fashion: Marc Cain: Fashion Week 2017

Marc Cain have been creating wonderful designs since 1973. During the latest Fashion Week, Marc Cain once again make an impression. Read more

Events: Women in the spotlight: to advance gender equality

The prize ceremony for the 2nd edition of the French writing contest Aux Coeurs des Mots, “Femmes en Lumière” (Women in the spotlight) will take place on Friday, October 20, 2017. By Celina Lafuente de Lavotha... Read more

Events: Olivia Brazier: Exhibition Frut Drawers

Olivia Brazier will be exhibiting her collection titled 'Frut Drawers' from the 10th to 13th October, in Monaco at the Arts UNESCO building... Read more


We are introducing our Busy Pages for busy people. It is an easy way for any small business or individuals to advertise what it is that you do and reach a new audience. We have also added a new section too! Our promise is that we will be extremely busy by making sure that you exist and we will do everything we can so you and your business will be busy, busy, busy!

Busy Pages: Atelier JCB - Upholsterer 

This is a family business now run by Jean-Claude Bonura in Monaco. Atelier JCB can create anything you wish, bespoke interior designs in the home using quality leather and fabrics, to marine upholstery, furniture and motorcycle upholstery. Read more

We also welcome to our Busy Pages: Yoga Instructor: Kimberlee Smith * B&B Casa Valeria * Coach: Judy ChurchillMusician: Ben Tajima * Artist: Fiona Scott-Wilson * Flowers/Garden Design: Acanthus Plants


Events: Vivaitalia (Britalia) Club this October 2017

Vivaitalia (Formerly Britalia) - We are the group that loves all things Italian. We organise monthly aperitivos, film nights, pizza nights, gourmet delights, walks, trips and a whole lot more. Join us for our Aperos in Bordighera, Sanremo and Ventimiglia and also the monthly English Film Night in Dolceacqua. More details HERE and on Facebook - Meet Up or Website


Monaco: Professional Women's Network - Cindy Egolf

Professional Women's Network Monaco brings together like-minded women who care to share and evolve. At the lunch this October the guest speaker will be Jackie Pressman. See more details


Our Monaco reporter, Celina Lafuente de Lavotha keeps us updated with the news from the Principality - from culture to entertainment. Enjoy!

For all that's happening in Monaco and where to go, where to eat, take a look at maBoum.


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Anette Shine is Sunshine Yoga and Sunshine Zumba. Anette can and will help you achieve a great healthy mind and body.



Acanthus Plants is the company that can supply all your flowers and plants to your yacht, villa or hotel. They can also supply arrangements for your event or party.


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