Hiking in the French Riviera Gorbio – A French Riviera Hinterland Today’s walk is the perfect daytrip for visitors of the French Riviera who want to get a first impression of the arrière-pays, the mountainous hinterland of the coastal strip between Cannes and Menton. The trail leads – across a distance of roughly 6 km – from Gorbio to Saint Agnes. Both villages are connected to the bus network of Menton.
The main feature of the French Riviera – responsible for both its great natural beauty and its warm climate – is the proximity of coast and relatively high mountains. It is one thing to know this, even to see how close the mountains are from one of the coastal towns, and quite another to actually experience it, standing in the middle of what can only be described as an alpine landscape and to look down
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Themed Walk in Monaco Follow the Tyremarks of F1 Legends on the World’s Most Famous Racing Track First a confession: I am not a great fan, either of the F1 Grand Prix circus or of the Principauté itself. To me, Monaco has always felt like a council estate that won the lottery.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this walk around the F1 circuit tremendously, recognizing some of the sites from half-remembered TV transmissions (I last watched a full race when I was a kid), and I will certainly want to watch the Monaco Grand Prix on TV again the next time it comes around.
Fun for the day plus something to look forward to – what more can you expect from a single afternoon out?
The best way to start your one lap around Monte Carlo is right down the middle of Boulevard Albert 1er because this
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Walks in the French Riviera Sunny Menton is to die for When Menton’s old chateau was razed in the late 19th century, the city administration decided to convert the grounds into a municipal cemetery. This turned out to be an excellent business decision, because at the very moment the issue was decided, thousands of people were getting ready to make their way into the town – people who, in essence, would come to sunny Menton in order to die.
For a visit of the cemetery, one of the most poignant experiences anywhere along the French Riviera, walk uphill through the Old Town from central Menton: either through Rue Longue or the Promenade du Val de Menton, an extension of the downtown Rue de la Republique.
The latter route will lead you past grand villas and views of lush landscapes as well as of the
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Themed Walks in Paris Walking in Montmarte by Chansons It seems to be more difficult to say goodbye to Paris than originally thought.
This is a postscript to last week’s post. A postscript appears in order because more songs have been written about Montmartre than about any other part of Paris, and rather than leaving out all but one or two of them (in order to preserve some sort of balance,) it appeared the better choice to dedicate an entire post to Montmartre by chansons, singing about the streets, the charms and the legends of La Butte (which is how Parisians call the “mountain of martyrs” on the northern outskirts of the town centre.)
We start our little walk in the Pigalle quarter, Montmartre’s shabby neighbour to the south. George Ulmer (in another clip from the movie Paris Chante Toujours) takes us for a walk around Place
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Themed Walks in Paris Paris by Chansons This, in a way, is our farewell note to Paris. After 20 years, we have recently moved on to sunnier climes. We will certainly come back for brief visits and a walk or two, but most of our “easy hiking” from now on will concentrate on the Mediterranean.
Since this post is the last in a long series, it comes with a little twist or an “extra bonus”, if you like: you do not have to displace yourself to enjoy it and can easily follow it from the comfort of your own home. Because today’s walk is not about trees, plants and natural landscapes – or even architecture and cityscapes – but about music: it uses famous songs that were written about Paris as stage posts for a stroll through some of the most famous neighbourhoods in la capitale.
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