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 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
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
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!
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
Biot is that rare thing of a Riviera hilltop town: as unassuming, authentic and unspoilt as you can expect any town in this part of the world to be The stretch between Antibes and Nice Airport is, without a doubt, the ugliest section of the Cote d’Azur: on the one side of the road and railway tracks, you have a straight and featureless coastline (largely lifeless, too, with only few scattered swimmers around, even in
… The Back Country Wins!
One more reason to hike up to this picturesque hilltop town: a street sculpture exhibition
VENUS DANS LE VIDE by Sasha Sosno
Street sculpture shows are very much in fashion. Over the last 20 years or so, many towns have hit upon the idea of hosting a festival by inviting artists or museums to exhibit some of their works on public squares and thoroughfares.
Such festivals generally provide good copy for the
… See Why It Can Be Monumental at Mougins
Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life here, but there are many other reasons to visit this hilltop village north of Cannes If the French Riviera is not exclusively famous for being a playground of people with more money than sense – from 19th century Russian aristocrats via eccentric East Coast heiresses during the “Jazz Age” to the oligarchs of today – it owes this to the great modern artists who chose to
… Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?
The Saint Hospice promontory – hermits, shepherds and gazillionaires – is always worth a return visit It was just a question of time before such a thing would happen, and then, last week, it finally did.
She said so: It was St Jean Cap Ferrat all over again
“We have been here before.” Mrs. Easy Hiker said. “There,” she pointed to a spot in the distance just before the
… How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again