Right now, France's borders are still closed to American tourists because of the pandemic. But for those longing for a nice glass of rosé or a fresh-baked croissant, la vie est belle: The Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Tourism Board is putting on a joint project with Atout France, allowing you to "virtually" visit the French Riviera. As two of France's premier tourism organizers, both of these groups are regretting the loss of in-person crowds as a result of the outbreak. However, as is shown by this project, they aren't giving up the ghost nor the enthusiasm.
The Côte d'Azur, as the name implies (translated, it means "the sky-blue coast"), is a famous, not to mention gorgeous, resort area in the South of France that serves as one of the country's jewels of tourism. Home to places like Monaco, Cannes, and Nice, the Cote d'Azur is unsurprisingly a highly sought-after destination to tour, even if it cannot be in toured in person at present.
The virtual tour itself will contain a series of highlights curated by the two companies. For example, one segment will include a live culinary demonstration by one Rosa Jackson, a local expert on Mediterranean cuisine. Another segment will exhibit the more traditional aspect of tourism—sightseeing—with a series of highlights that shows the beauty of Nice. Yet another portion of this webinar will be devoted to a wine-tasting session, headed up by a local sommelier.
Atout France and the Tourism Board will be hosting this event on Thursday, September 17, at 11 a.m. Central. While we all hope that we will soon be able to visit France with our shoes on the ground, this is a worthy substitute in a time when our other options are restricted. Sign-ups are currently open for the event, so if you are interested in participating, follow the link below.