Provence-Alpes

Take a tour of Provence in the fall for all things glorious

Written by on April 4, 2018 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France
Take a tour of Provence in the fall for all things glorious

To enjoy Provence in the fall is one of life’s most beautiful pleasures. The shades of autumn colour the vineyards and tree lined squares and avenues. The rays of the sun seem more golden than at their bright summer peak, making everything they touch glow and shimmer like a magical paint brush has daubed the […]

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Three places to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Provence

Written by on April 1, 2018 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France
Three places to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Provence

Most of us think of lavender, sunflowers, gorgeous markets and hill top towns when it comes to Provence. But, it’s also an area of outstanding natural beauty from its beaches with dramatic cliffs and wonderful bays to its interior landscape of hills, orchards, vineyards and rivers. We asked Emily Durand, an expat local and guide […]

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4 of the best restaurants in Nice that are also great value

Written by on March 5, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
4 of the best restaurants in Nice that are also great value

There are hundreds of restaurants in Nice – the only challenge in enjoying great southern French dishes, is which one to pick. They’re big on flavour in the south of France, the Mediterranean influence is tinged with a hint of Italian style. These four restaurants are in the centre, not expensive and all offer the […]

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Hiking in the Ecrins National Park Haute-Alpes France

Written by on February 21, 2018 in Provence-Alpes
Hiking in the Ecrins National Park Haute-Alpes France

Ecrins National Park is about a 90 minute drive east of Grenoble. It’s the largest National Park in France and features some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in the Alps. Perhaps because of that, it remains relatively unknown, its paths less travelled than those famous trails further north around Mont Blanc. One of […]

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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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