A holiday rental on the Côte d'Azur

Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

As spring arrives on the Côte d’Azur, towns and villages across the region come out to play.  Fêtes and celebrations of all sorts take place, heralding the end of winter and the arrival of the good weather.  Last year on Easter Monday we went to the Fête de l’Oranger...
Mid Summer Solstice and Fire!

Mid Summer Solstice and Fire!

I’ve written before about how June is the month of fêtes, full of festivities, festivals and fun.  Once again it’s sped by at breakneck speed and tomorrow it’ll be July, with the “official” start of the summer season. But just before that...
Nice Carnival 2014 – a photo essay

Nice Carnival 2014 – a photo essay

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to go to Nice Carnival 2014.  Under the bluest of blue skies we spent a fun afternoon watching the the creative, witty and satirical floats pass by united under the theme of gastronomy.  Being our 5th or 6th time at...
June, the month of fêtes

June, the month of fêtes

June is the month of fêtes.  Every few days it seems there’s another excuse to have fun, whether it’s a local village en fête or a national occasion, there’s just so much going on.  Add to this two family birthdays chez nous in mid June and all the...
Lucéram The Christmas Village

Lucéram The Christmas Village

In our quest to get into the Christmas spirit, we recently spent a day in Lucéram, a pretty medieval hill village north of Nice and less than an hour from Lou Messugo.  Why? Because it comes alive in December with its “Circuit des Crèches”.  Literally...
A Vintage Christmas Market

A Vintage Christmas Market

It’s Christmas market season and the Côte d’Azur has its fair share of them from the tacky to the sublime but last Sunday I reckon we found one of the best.  Our neighbouring village, Le Rouret, is only small but its market has been growing in popularity...
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...
Full moon madness

Full moon madness

Last Saturday JF went for a walk and I went to bed.  I wasn’t sick nor was I having a daytime nap, it was bedtime and JF was setting off on a 53 km night walk through the mountains, with 1498 other people. He was participating for the 3rd time in a local...

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