The unique, and slightly eccentric Var Village Voice celebrated its 15th Anniversary in 2010. It continues to gather readers from all over the Var region, helping them enjoy everything the Var has to offer from local village events, to major summer festivals, helping them socialise, have fun, and join in the activities of the numerous expatriate organisations dotted around the region.
Robert recently joined VVV as Opera Critic. He fell in love with opera at an early age, and has never recovered, but apart from that is a fairly normal person. Loves exploring the back roads of Europe and out of the way Opera houses. Drives a second hand Skoda bought in Bulgaria.
He divides his time between his place in the South of France, and Cambodia, whilst writing regularly as well for Opera Now, and Opera magazine, as well as for (sometimes travel pieces) the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and the Daily Telegraph.
VVV Sailing & Aviation correspondent, Talbot Austin, lives in the Var not too far from his adored boat – a Westerly Conway ketch. He started sailing at an early age in an orange crate and nearby puddles, subsequently graduating to the City of London Sea Scouts.
He and his crew had the honour to be hauled aboard the Cutty Sark on its final voyage to dry dock. Progressing successively to the Norfolk Broads, he learnt to fly a Tiger Moth as a RAF Cadet, then sailing dinghies with the RAF in Hong Kong, inbetween learning Mandarin Chinese and monitoring radio traffic. Has spent most his working life doing Computer start-ups all over Europe. He co-authored a book examining causes of crashes of the Airbus A320.
Restaurant critiques are penned by the indefatigable eater-out and critic "Trencherman" Socialite and inveterate name-dropper, aka Michael Aalders, who roams far and wide throughout the Var and elsewhere, bringing his trophies in the way of good eating-places, from the super de luxe four star establishments, to simple bistros, back to the VAR VILLAGE VOICE for everyone to savour. Witty and entertaining, tongue-in-cheek, his pieces reflect the background of so many VVV readers, who have travelled and experienced life, hotels, and restaurants all over the globe.
A collection of some of his highly entertaining articles for the VVV have just been published under the title "OUT TO LUNCH IN PROVENCE" by Kenneth Mason Publications Ltd. Try a sample of Trencherman's trenchant wit and helpful restaurant suggestions here!
Var Summer Festivals
The Var – heart of Provence – stretching from Toulon and St. Tropez to the Lac St. Croix and the Gorges de Verdon – is always waiting to welcome holiday makers with open arms. Check out the PDF download What's on in the Var "Var Summer Festivals" to get an idea of what goes on in the Var every summer.
Long-time resident in the region, an ex-marketeer and translator of French books with a sharp, observational eye and witty pen, Juliet takes a monthly look at her favourite aspects of the Var and Provence – its history, patrimony, gastronomy and village life.
From alchemy to Angelina Jolie, from bauxite to boules to breast reconstruction, from snail farming to horse eating – here is the Var, ancient and modern, served up on a plate.