Provence-Alpes

How to do Nice on a budget

Written by on February 19, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
How to do Nice on a budget

Imagine you’re wandering through the winding narrow streets in the old town of Nice. The sun is beating down, the sky is a deep spirit-lifting blue.  You stop at Cours Saleya market to buy a snack – maybe socca, the local speciality, a pancake made from chick peas. Perhaps a punnet of sweet smelling strawberries, […]

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3 of the most beautiful villages in Provence

Written by on February 16, 2018 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France
3 of the most beautiful villages in Provence

We look at some of the most beautiful villages in Provence – in a region known for its extraordinary charm, these three stand out… Gordes – the heart of Provence If there is one place on the bucket list of most visitors to Provence, it has to be Gordes. It’s almost like going to Paris […]

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Pain Amour et Chocolat Festival in Antibes

Written by on January 18, 2018 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Pain Amour et Chocolat Festival in Antibes

I am a hopeless Francophile, my husband joined me when we married 14 years ago. Any excuse within reason (and a decent airfare from Arizona) and we are on a plane headed to France, especially the Côte d’ Azur. The turquoise sea, rocky cliffs, dazzling sunshine, friendly people, incredible food and wine, it’s sheer bliss. […]

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3 Festivals to enjoy in the winter sunshine on the French Riviera

Written by on January 17, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
3 Festivals to enjoy in the winter sunshine on the French Riviera

 Banish the blues with a sunshine trip to the south of France. This time of the year flights are cheap and plentiful and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year recorded along the Cote d’Azur – it’s a great time to soak up a few rays. Here are 3 great reasons to visit […]

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Secret Provence | Cotignac and Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

Written by on January 17, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Secret Provence | Cotignac and Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

Cotignac At first glance Cotignac wows visitors with its large limescale cliffs reminiscent of ancient troglodyte living. Houses are literally carved into the cliffs and anyone can climb the steps that lead up to the old cave dwellings for a 2 euros entry fee during visiting season. The village has 2,300 inhabitants and is typically […]

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Nice Carnival blows the winter blues far away

Written by on January 11, 2018 in Events, Provence-Alpes
Nice Carnival blows the winter blues far away

If, like me, you’re used to grey skies, biting rain, sleet and snow in February – going to the Nice Carnival is the nicest possible shock to your system. I arrived at Nice train station wearing a coat, gloves, scarf and hat. Within minutes they were off and so was the jumper I was wearing. […]

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Sainte-Agnès a hidden treasure near Nice France

Written by on January 9, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Sainte-Agnès a hidden treasure near Nice France

Sainte-Agnès, France is a perched medieval village, 10 kilometers inland from Menton, in the southeastern corner of the Cote d’Azur.  It’s a about a 30 minute drive from Nice and makes for a great day trip. This rocky outcrop gracefully dangles at an altitude of 800 meters above the sea. Since 1997, this medieval village […]

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Secret Provence: the gorgeous beach at Estagnol Bormes les Mimosas Provence

Written by on January 5, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Secret Provence: the gorgeous beach at Estagnol Bormes les Mimosas Provence

Bormes les Mimosas is situated on the stretch of coastline connecting Toulon and St Tropez. It’s home to swanky villas and the  châteaux of the rich and famous. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best beaches in France, including lovely Estagnol. Why  Estagnol should be on your best beach ever list The best […]

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Fun in the sun in the winter at Mimozas Resort Cannes

Written by on January 1, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Fun in the sun in the winter at Mimozas Resort Cannes

Escape to the south of France for fun in the sun in the winter! On a freezing cold February day, I headed by train to Cannes in the south of France. The grey skies of wintery London turned into the grey skies of wintery Paris where I hopped on the 5-hour fast train to the […]

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Visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice

Written by on December 29, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux, Provence-Alpes
Visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice

The museum of Matisse is a short journey from centre of Nice and has a superb collection of  works by the great French artist Henri Matisse. The Museum of Nice near Cimiez Located in a fully renovated Genoese villa set in the olive grove in the Cimiez Gardens, where there are Roman ruins. The collection […]

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