Riviera: the birthplace of pleasure and the slow-living lifestyle - Endover

Riviera: the birthplace of pleasure and the slow-living lifestyle

Riviera is a place where life moves at its own pace, distant and undisturbed by the crowds and the hustle and bustle of city life. Throughout history, Riviera has been a coastal seaside town where people came regularly to rest and refresh both the body and the mind.

Today, however, Riviera could become a home to all who value nature, peace and personal space.

Sandy coast as far as the eye can see

The word riviera originates from the Italian language: it means a long sandy coast. The most well-known rivieras are the French Riviera (also known as Côte d’Azur) in Southern France and the Italian Riviera in Northwest Italy. Today and a century ago, both were known as the last remnants of a paradise lost.

It was tradition for the crème de la crème of the last century to spend all vacations in Riviera, even if it meant traveling across oceans. Riviera was particularly popular among the creative elite who sought a quiet and inspiring scene where both pen and brush would fly with ease. The most eminent names to frequent the French Riviera were Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet and Edvard Munch.

The French coast was briefly home to one of the greatest American writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote some of his most famous novels The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night while living in the French Riviera. The same coast also hosted Vladimir Nabokov, Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Louisa May Alcott whose writing carries little echoes of the stunning riviera life.

The Italian Riviera was the favorite vacation resort of Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, Lord Byron and later Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. It can hardly be considered a coincidence that the very best of the world’s artists, writers, musicians and actors throughout history chose to vacation in either of the two rivieras. This reflects man’s eternal longing for a lifestyle which allows him to be himself and live life according to his heart’s desire.

Even today, both rivieras are the most beloved tourist hotspots owing to the history of peace and quiet, seclusion and slightly mystical and other-worldly charm.

Don’t forget to live

Italians prioritize slow living – they even have a special term dolce far niente which means ‘sweet idleness’. Sometimes life’s rapid and unrelenting pace can cause you to feel as if idleness is a sin and in order to keep up with the rest of the world you must constantly keep busy. Such a way of life may in turn cause you to forget rest and relaxation and the beauty of life.

Estonia is rich in nature with many beaches reminiscent of the riviera-esque environment of the last century but untouched in its glory by hordes of tourists. Man’s longing for peace and a slower way of life appears eternal: even after a lengthy winter holiday or a weekend away at a nice resort, the longing eventually starts creeping back. Why not escape the cycle and move to a place where your soul rests and enjoys every moment of life?

Riviera Viimsi

Situated on the edge of Haabneeme beach, the modern Riviera homes are inspired by the raw beauty of the Estonian coastal landscape that will surround them. The Riviera homes combine an endless seaside vacation with the slow-living lifestyle.

The seaside homes are entirely surrounded by nature: on one side, a beautiful sandy beach as far as the eye can see and on the other, a lush green forest. Large windows, balconies and terraces look upon the sea. The constantly changing weather and shifting seasons regale the inhabitants with a new breathtaking view every day. It is an environment that inspires and encourages you to notice the most beautiful side of life.

Similarly to the famous rivieras of France and Italy, Haabneeme beach offers plenty of life, especially in summertime. The beach is home to excellent restaurants such as OKO, sports and activities, ball courts and of course a superb beach ideal for swimming, paddle-boarding or boating.

The beauty and allure of Riviera Viimsi is that every stunning location you would normally go out of town for is right there in your backyard. This is the Riviera lifestyle and these are the homes where you have time to really live.

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