So You Want Off the Beaten Path But Charming

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Villeneuve-Loubet is an attractive and charming little village, perhaps not the most spectacularly beautiful in the French Riviera region but one of the most alluring. This may have to do with the fact that it is located a little off the beaten track and has therefore been allowed to preserve its Provencal character more than most.

It is a place where the barber and the baker stop each other

So You Want Off the Beaten Path But Charming

In Search of the Hidden Gardens of Monaco

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Oman, Qatar and San Marino are, officially, the least green countries in the world. In these three states – and in the territory of Greenland (clearly a case for the Trades Descriptions Act) – forests make up exactly 0.0 % of the surface area: none of them have any woodlands at all. But what about Monaco?

We go to Monaco fairly regularly, and if there are any forests over

In Search of the Hidden Gardens of Monaco

A Sporty Hike on the Hilltop Backcountry of the French Riviera

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Once they were giants – Breil and the Roya River From the train, Breil-sur-Roya looks incongruously large and imposing, with its tree lined riverside avenue and two large churches in the centre of town.

Located in that part of the border country between France and Italy that is characterized by perched hilltop villages and their nervous huddles of buildings, Breil comes across not only as much bigger but also as much bolder, saying

A Sporty Hike on the Hilltop Backcountry of the French Riviera

Hope to Scrape the Riviera Clouds Hiking Up Castellar

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Castellar is a vaguely picturesque medieval village just to the north of Menton on the French Riviera, and on its own (we might as well be honest about this), it is not worth the trip. Castellar’s 972 inhabitants may hate me for saying this, but such are the risks of boldly speaking truth to power. Still, there are generally quite a few visitors around, even at this time of year. So what attracts all these

Hope to Scrape the Riviera Clouds Hiking Up Castellar

A Great Escape Around Vibrant Villefranche Harbour

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Over the years, this blog has featured many different kinds of walks for different occasions: exhausting hikes as well as gentle strolls, explorations of the wild and urban walks with a cultural theme, walks for summer and walks for winter, walks that you can spread over several days and walks that you can squeeze in between a boozy lunch and your afternoon tea. Today’s walk falls into yet another type of category: an escape walk.

A Great Escape Around Vibrant Villefranche Harbour

The Trail of Famous Writers Right in Nice

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Enough about painters and the French Riviera! Entire books have been written about the way in which the great modernists of European painting – from Monet to Picasso – fell in love with the lights and the sights and the colours of southern France. You don’t even have to go to the library to read about this “love story”. You can do so here, here and here.

All this while, there were writers

The Trail of Famous Writers Right in Nice

Visit the Most Famous Garden on the Riviera

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The Fontana Rosa Forget what the French Government wants you to believe: public servants do make mistakes – which is why we were given 20 glorious minutes to explore this wonderful place on our own

The whole point of this blog is to tell you about hikes and urban walks so you can do them yourselves. Not so with today’s “adventure for beginners”: it is unrepeatable, up to a point, so you better

Visit the Most Famous Garden on the Riviera

Top Easy Hiker Tips Through the Years

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Since 2010, we’ve been sharing with you, easy hikers of the world, tips on where to find trails wherever your holidays bring you. We’ve walked and hiked trails in Paris, Barcelona, the French Riviera (among the many), and of course, in the land of hikers, Germany. Here are some of the top easy hiker tips that proved to be your favourites: 1. Menton is the prettiest town

Take a short walk through the

Top Easy Hiker Tips Through the Years

Win a Trip to Paris for Two!

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Returning, after some time, to a place where you have been before can be an interesting experience

Last week, we were back in Paris for two days after a two-year absence and, before that, a two-decade-long stint. We were surprised how much had changed in such a relatively short while around our former neighbourhood: the porcelain repair shop , an absurdity even in a city as deliberately quirky as

Win a Trip to Paris for Two!

Sunshine and Spectacle Guaranteed on the Promenade des Anglais

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A multi-site exhibition in Nice celebrates the past and the present of France’s second most famous and most attractive boulevard

The past is a foreign country, the novel “The Go Between” famously begins, and although we all know that “they do things differently there”, we are often insufficiently aware of the size of the gap that divides us from our forefathers.

Modern life, for better of for

Sunshine and Spectacle Guaranteed on the Promenade des Anglais