Georges Clooney and his motorbike in the Ubaye Valley
Yes, George Clooney is a faithful lover of the Ubaye Valley! He regularly extolls its beauty and the warm welcome he receives for example in Barcelonnette to the point where he has remained faithful to it and comes back practically every year. He discovered this Alpine valley quite by chance when riding his motorbike in 2001. And he fell in love with it. “What else ?”, the Hollywood star has a house in Italy near Lake Como and regularly goes through the Ubaye valley on the Italian border to get there. As he says: “It’s a beautiful way to get to the Côte d’Azur”. During his various stops in Barcelonnette, he has been seen at Hôtel Azteca and the Mexican restaurant Adélita. What he loves best: riding across the Alps over the most beautiful cols in Europe to get to Nice. In an interview in the “Mexican” town called Barcelonnette, which has a Latino-Mexican festival every year, he said he would like to be on a motorbike with his wife in the middle of the French Alps. Barcelonnette has a strong connection with Mexico. For a century, up until 1950, many of the valley’s inhabitants crossed the Atlantic to try their luck in Mexico. Among them, some made their fortunes, and when they came back to the Ubaye, had splendid houses built which are known as the “Mexican villas”.