A holiday rental on the Côte d'Azur

Free family fun in Nice

Free family fun in Nice

I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing a guest post for one of my favourite travel blogs, The World is a Book all about free things to do in Nice with children as part of a series of free things to do in cities all over the world. Mary runs an occasional...
Asian Arts on the Côte d’Azur

Asian Arts on the Côte d’Azur

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Vietnam, and to get new material for my (rather occasional) series Museum Mondays, we recently visited the Musée des Art Asiatiques (Asian Arts Museum) in Nice en famille. The Asian Arts Museum is easily managed with children as...
Seashells on the French Riviera

Seashells on the French Riviera

Today I’m taking you to a funny little museum all about shells, le Musée des Coquillages, in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, near Nice.  Last week’s Museum Monday post toured the Picasso Museum in Antibes: the subject a world-famous artist, the setting a striking...
A visit to the Fernand Léger Museum

A visit to the Fernand Léger Museum

Today I’m introducing a new series on the blog: “Museum Monday”.  While unable to sleep recently I started to think about ideas for blog posts (the early hours of the morning are often my most creative times) and I realised how little I’ve written about...
Secret Riviera – La Colle sur Loup

Secret Riviera – La Colle sur Loup

The French Riviera is a beautiful place but no one could say it was undeveloped and empty.  Its very beauty has attracted holiday makers, second home owners and new residents for more than a century resulting in enormous amounts of construction.  Recently I had guests...
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...
13 of the best hill villages near Nice

13 of the best hill villages near Nice

The Alpes-Maritimes department in South-East France, including the world famous Côte d’Azur, is home to several hundred medieval hill villages, fortified towns and ruined iron age camps, and many are close to Nice.  The “villages perchés” vary from little more than a...
An evening walk in St Paul de Vence

An evening walk in St Paul de Vence

St Paul de Vence is one of those picture perfect almost too-beautiful-to-be-true Provençal villages. It sits majestically perched on a low hill with 360° views, taking in the striking Baou de St Jeannet, the town of Vence, and the gentle plain that runs down to the...
The exotic hanging gardens of Eze

The exotic hanging gardens of Eze

The Jardin Exotique d’Eze, also called the Jardin Botanique d’Eze, is an extraordinary botanical garden seemingly hanging between the sky and the sea in Eze in the far south-east corner of France, on the Côte d’Azur, just above Monaco. The garden,...
Notes from the Monte Carlo Rally

Notes from the Monte Carlo Rally

To tie in with the Rallye Monte Carlo, which took place last weekend, today’s post is written by my great friend and motorsport enthusiast, Sally Higgins. Despite living close to Monaco I’d never been to the Rally. It’s not really my kind of thing...

3 (unusual) things to love about Nice

Three things I love about Nice. Nice is a city of contrasts, located on the beautiful Mediterranean sea hemmed in by Alps, its location is hard to beat.  Contrast the bright blue sea with the snow-capped mountains; the reds and ochres of the Italianate Old Town with...
A Nice Christmas

A Nice Christmas

As 2014 draws to a close and everybody is busy with the Holidays, I’ll leave you with some images of the magical Christmas illuminations in Nice.  The theme this year is Belle Epoque with a magnificent model of the casino on the old pier that used to sit off the...
Public Art on the Côte d’Azur

Public Art on the Côte d’Azur

Public art is everywhere in France, whether it’s a temporary installation for a particular occasion or something permanent, it’s all around.  Most towns no matter how big or small take pride in making their public spaces attractive; you can usually find...
October in the South of France

October in the South of France

October is one of the best times to visit the South of France, and it’s one of my favourite times of year living here, despite not being an autumn person. Let’s be very British about this and start by discussing the weather! You can’t mention the...
Visiting Fort Carré, Antibes

Visiting Fort Carré, Antibes

Every year around mid September France holds its annual Journées du Patrimoine; a weekend of open doors at historical buildings, monuments, parks and places of cultural interest. Places that aren’t usually open to the public are visitable and places that...
Postcards from Aix-en-Provence

Postcards from Aix-en-Provence

I’ve just discovered Aix-en-Provence!  After more than 7 years on the Côte d’Azur and having heard only good things about Aix, I can’t explain why it took me so long to get to this adorable city. But for whatever hopeless reasons I failed to get...
Cannes Cinema Street Art

Cannes Cinema Street Art

Today I thought I’d take you on a tour of Cannes and share with you a side of the famous Riviera resort that often goes unnoticed.  Cannes, synonymous with cinema, has a wonderful collection of wall murals – street art – all over the town,...
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...
Paris-Nice: the Race to the Sun

Paris-Nice: the Race to the Sun

It’s called the Race to the Sun and today under a perfect spring sky the 72nd Paris-Nice cycle race came through Roquefort town.  Winds and rain may buffet the riders at the beginning of the course in the north of France but no one can remember a time when it...
Nice new promenade in Nice

Nice new promenade in Nice

Nice has a new Promenade, nearly 160 years after the Promenade des Anglais on the seafront opened and became the place to be, there is now a lovely new park in which to stroll, play, relax and watch the world go by.  The Promenade du Paillon opened recently after two...
Nice and the Francophonie Games

Nice and the Francophonie Games

This weekend sees the beginning of the 7th Francophonie Games (les 7èmes Jeux de la Francophonie) in Nice. What on earth is this? Well, it’s sort of, very roughly, France’s equivalent of the Commonwealth Games (which probably doesn’t mean much either...

Lavender fields of Haute Provence

Seeing the lavender fields in Haute Provence was something I’d been dying to do for ages and I when I finally got the chance I wasn’t disappointed.  That was a typically British understatement; I LOVED it! It was absolutely amazing.  The views, the smells,...
Bright, bright sun-shiny day

Bright, bright sun-shiny day

When I had the idea to write about the amount of sunshine we get in the Côte d’Azur and compare it to other places I’ve lived I thought it would be pretty easy.  I figured a few questions to Google would give me the answers I was looking for and post done!...
The 4 o’clock wave

The 4 o’clock wave

If you go down to the beach today, you’re in for a big surprise….well, maybe you are, maybe you aren’t! You see there’s this most unusual phenomenon at our nearest beach, commonly known as la vague de 16 heures or the 4 o’clock wave, but...
From Russia (to Nice) with love

From Russia (to Nice) with love

I’ve lived on the Côte d’Azur for five and a half years and finally last weekend I got around to visiting the Russian Cathedral in Nice, something I’ve wanted to do for ages.  As always when I put something off over and again and then do it I wonder...

Fireworks

Sitting out on the terrace at Lou Messugo between 10 and 11pm in July and August you could be forgiven for thinking there was yet another thunderstorm in the distance. After listening to the chorus of toads croaking their amorous intentions throughout the spring, the...
Singing Cicadas of Summer

Singing Cicadas of Summer

I love the sound of cicadas; for me it’s the sound of summer, of lazy hot days when lying in a hammock or by the pool is the only thing you want to do. It’s also a nostalgic sound conjuring up family holidays in Greece and Provence as a teenager and later...
Southern Nights

Southern Nights

One of the many wonderful things I love about summer on the Côte d’Azur is the music festivals. Throughout July and into August the choice of concerts and artists at just three of the main events is phenomenal:  Nice Jazz Festival, Jazz à Juan and Les Nuits du...
Anecdotes from Cannes

Anecdotes from Cannes

We have a friend who works in distribution and promotion of French films around the world.  Every year he comes to the Cannes Film Festival and every year he tries to get us tickets for a black tie, red carpet première.  Here’s the story of our first time. The...

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