Name: Sophie Melki
Joined the Friend in France Team: Spring 2016
Why we're proud to have Sophie in our team:
Sophie has only just joined the Friend in France team, but her big smile and can-do attitude won us over.
She has extensive experience in tourism and hospitality, so we're thrilled to welcome her and excited to work with her.
What is the most important advice you give to friends and family when they visit you on the French Riviera?
When family and friends come and visit me, I encourage them to come from September to mid-October so that they can take advantage of our “Indian Summer”.
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
I particularly love little Medieval villages such are Tourrettes and Gourdon. They’re slightly off the beaten tourist path and are full of lovely little boutiques with local produce, arts and carfts.
How would your family and friends describe you?
Family and friends describe me as vivacious and jovial.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I have many favourite restaurants, depending on the type of cuisine I’m craving.
Chez Pipo for Socca, a local niçois speciality
Chez Davia a traditional and cosy restaurant in central Nice
Rolancy’s, a well know niçois restaurant specializing in fresh seafood
Anjuna Beach in Eze. Great sea views and excellent food!
What is your favorite time of year on the Riviera?
I love the mild autumn months on the Riviera. I always find the changing colours of the hinterland very romantic.
What do you think is the “must” visit attraction on the Riviera?
I think it’s important to see the magic of Monaco by night and the authentic charm of St Paul de Vence when you visit the French Riviera.
For families, the Marineland sealife and water park is a great way to keep the kids entertained for a day or two.
Which is your favorite tour?
I would choose to have a tailor made itinerary, starting with a morning at the market in Bordighera Italy which takes place every Thursday. Followed by a fresh Italian seafood lunch on the beach. On the way back to France, I would stop in Monaco to visit the Oceanographic museum and the Prince’s vintage car collection.
Finally, I would end the day with a drink or bite to eat in Eze village.
Your favorite spot where you go to relax on days off?
Once again, I have to say that I like to head across the border into Italy to relax. It’s such a luxury to be able to hop from one coutry to the other! Alassio or Arma Di Taggia is my seaside retreat just 90 minutes from Nice. It’s traditional and as far from bling bling as you can get. I love it.