As 2015 begins I find myself drawn to making lists and analysing what works and what doesn’t on my blog.  So just like last year here are the Top 10 most popular posts of 2014 and I must admit to being quite surprised by some of them!


1.  A (short) walk for all seasons

2.  Lemon Festival on the Côte d’Azur – Menton’s Fête du Citron

3.  Introducing Pelote Basque – a very un-Provençal game

4.  La Galette des Rois – another jewel in the French gastronomic crown

5.  6 romantic things to do on the French Riviera

6.  Easter in France

7.  A walking tour of Monaco, in pink

8.  St Tropez opening soon

9.  Sightseeing with children – visiting hill villages

10.  Paris-Nice: the Race to the Sun

This year’s number one post is my third most popular post of all time, and I’m honestly at a loss to explain this!  I’m sure many other bloggers will agree that there are times when we write something thinking it’ll be a big hit and no one seems to care, and then there are the random successes that take everyone by surprise.  Well along with number one, I’m gobsmacked by the third and tenth pole positions.

What is it about a little-known racquet game, Pelote Basque, that has captured your attention, and equally why is the Paris-Nice bike race my tenth most popular post this year?  Is it all in the title as some people suggested last year?

This year I have written 129 posts which averages out at almost 11 a month up from 80 (or 6.6 a month) in 2013 covering an ever broadening range of topics including some travel outside my local area.  Seven of the Top 10 are about local places or events, one about food, one about French culture and the really odd one, about a little-known sport.  I’ve really enjoyed writing about other places we’ve visited this year including Budapest and Iceland and they have been well received though not quite making the Top 10 list.

Do you have a favourite post of mine from this year?  Did it make the Top 10?  I’d love to hear from you. One of the things I like most about blogging is getting your comments.  Thanks for reading along with me in 2014 and here’s to a great 2015!

Bonne Année!


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