There are few places in the world that are as scintillating as the French Riviera: the light, the blue hue of the Mediterranean,  the convivial people, and the scent of herbs that drift down from the mountains at dusk. All these things make the southern coast of France a very agreeable place to visit and live.

Our company was founded in the United States and we will always enjoy serving clients to and from the US. And indeed, many Americans are searching for ways to improve their quality of life as they age. However, we recently decided to move our headquarters to France for some the reasons mentioned above. Also, it was clear from our research that many people want to visit the French Riviera and a big benefit is that the region is easily accessible by air, sea, road and rail.

Each time I fly into Nice from Paris, I try to sit on the left side of the plane. About half an hour after departure, the distinct rocky peak of the Matterhorn is visible on the border of Switzerland and Italy. An hour into the flight as the initial descent begins, passengers on the left get a view of the deep Verdon gorge. Usually, the plane takes a sharp turn East just past Cannes and sleek white sailboats dot the azure sea around Île Sainte-Marguerite. The descent continues past Juan-les-Pines near where Napoleon landed in 1815, the mega-yachts moored off Antibes, and the Hippodrome de la Côte d’Azur.  As the plane nears the runway, it’s difficult to tell how far above the water you are until you can make out the sinewy arms of fishermen in their boats who will occasionally wave.

Long known to be the playground for the wealthy, the Riviera has an unmistakably posh glow. However, the region is quite diverse in accommodations and attractions and there is a welcoming atmosphere for all that the jet-set does not dissuade. My father-in-law grew up in Nice and before moving to the Riviera, my family made yearly trip to visit relatives. My wife Laura and I were married in Cannes and I recall comparing the venue prices to several in the US. Cannes was actually a deal! While a luxurious suite in Monaco can set you back thousands of Euros per night, there are many lodging options in and around Nice for less than 100 Euro per night and the lines of cars on the A8 highway in the summer pulling campers are a testament to the diverse options for holiday on the Côte d’Azur.

As AssistedVacation.com settles in to our new home in Nice, we are excited about the new team members that we have met and engaged and about the great potential here for serving clients on holiday who have physical or cognitive limitations. The team members who we are adding here have great health care experience and speak several languages so that we can serve guests from numerous countries in their mother tongue. The activities which we can provide for our clients are diverse from the fine museums displaying the works of Matisse and Chagall to various outings in the pristine environments of mountains and sea. Day trips to Italy are well within reach and for the guests who aim to be truly pampered, there are myriad options for nearly any budget.

From our strategic position here on the Riviera, we can provide services for guests both here and throughout Europe and we look forward to helping our clients benefit from the quality of life that vacation enhances.

Warm regards,

Thomas


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