Here’s a handy little list of the Top 10 most popular posts from 2013.  Handy for you, readers, to look back over or to read for the first time, and handy for me to try and work out what it is that you enjoy.

1. TOP 10 things to do with children on the Côte d’Azur

2. Pancake Day – La Chandeleur – another French feast!

3. Skiing with a sea view, another Riviera secret

4. Hogs, frogs and fireflies

5. Nice Carnival, a colourful tonic for the winter blues

6. The Nice midday cannon – a surprising tradition

7. TOP 10 things to do with young teens on the Côte d’Azur

8. The circus – and France’s love affair with it

9. 3 of the best snacks from Nice

10. What is Goûter? It’s tea-time, kids!

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Number one came out so far in advance of all the rest with over double the amount of views as number two and 4 times more than number 3.  I guess the magic words “children”, “to do” and “Côte d’Azur” come up in online searches regularly.  Maybe I should pay more attention to SEO keywords but I write from the heart and never think about such things. “Serious” bloggers would probably shake their heads despairingly at this revelation…

There are three posts about food.  Perhaps no surprise there that they were popular, but I have written plenty more about tasty morcels which didn’t even make it into the Top 20.  Two posts about children/teens, 3 posts about Nice (overlaping with food), one about a local activity – skiing – one about a more generalised activity/entertainment – circus – and one completely random post about goings on in my garden in June.  That was the biggest surprise for me.  What was it about “Hogs, frogs and fireflies” that captured your imaginations and meant it was my fourth most read post of the year?  Circus was the other big surprise.

Can you shed any light on this?  Which posts have you liked best over the last year and why?  I’d love to hear from you.


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