Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur is full of fun, often full of good weather and probably a great deal more festive than you might think. I’ve put together a round up of christmassy things to do and places to go on the French Riviera and nearby based purely on my...
A night at the ballet

A night at the ballet

Last week JF and I spent the evening at Covent Garden, along with Darcey Bussell, Fiona Bruce and Carlos Acosta but this didn’t involve flights, hotels and expensive tickets; we didn’t leave France, in fact we didn’t even leave our own local area. In...
Halloween in France

Halloween in France

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated in France, though in some locations you’d be forgiven for thinking the opposite.  The area and the age of the population can make a great deal of difference. Children love it, the older generation don’t and those...
Market Day in Provence

Market Day in Provence

I’ve always loved going to markets wherever I’ve been in the world and find it’s a great way to get under the skin of a place.  Whether it’s a genuine farmers’ market selling locally produced food or a tourist-trap night market selling...
St John’s fire

St John’s fire

On Sunday night we went to the Fête de la St Jean (Feast of St John) in nearby Valbonne village.  It’s a spectacular fête, quite unlike any other and just so full of atmosphere.  Apart from anything else it’s amazingly dangerous.  Put a couple of thousand...
Music, music everywhere

Music, music everywhere

This week’s fun is la Fête de la Musique.  On June 21st when many cultures around the world are celebrating summer (or winter) solstice, France makes music.  To enjoy the longest day of the year musicians of every style and ability gather to perform in public...

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