Driving The Moyenne Corniche

Our last full day on the Cote d’Azur, we packed a picnic, left Cannes and headed off to explore and drive along the spectacular coast road known as the Moyenne Corniche. There is absolutely no better way to appreciate the natural beauty and diverse character of this place than by driving one of the coast […]

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Seaside Strolling in Nice

A stroll by the sea along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is one of the things they say you have to do. Not arguing with conventional wisdom, we hopped off our hop on/off tour bus at this point, found a bench and just sat for a while looking over the beach and watching the […]

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Exploring Mougins

Recommended by the lady who owned our holiday apartment, we had not heard of Mougins and were surprised to find it was just five miles north of Cannes. She recommended a visit, we took the advice and found like so many other places just slightly away from the Riviera coast, it felt like a different world. We […]

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Exploring Glorious Ghent

A quick detour to Ghent was factored into our Brussels to Bruges drive. Not too far out of our way, I expected a cute little town where we could spend an hour or so before carrying on. What I didn’t expect was how utterly gorgeous Ghent would be.  So blown away by this city, we all […]

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Old Cannes

Cannes is now known as a city of festivals, glitz and glamour, an exclusive seaside resort full of yachts belonging to the rich and famous. All true, the once small fishing village though is incredibly family friendly and there are accommodation alternatives to suit all types of budgets. We saw plenty of bronzing bodies in […]

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Bird’s Eye View of Nice

Having explored all the nooks and crannies of the Old Town in Nice we passed some lovely fishermen’s cottages and made our way to the Colline du Chateau. This is right at the eastern end of the Promenade des Anglais, once a fortified bastion but now (I read) the perfect place to see Nice from […]

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The Gorgeous Gardens of Eze

Climbing to the very top of the village of Eze involves plenty of steps and a bit of sweating, huffing and puffing thrown in for good measure. It is most definitely worth it. The streets and alleyways are lovely but right at the peak is the piece de resistance – the Jardin Exotique or Botanical […]

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Cycling The Longdendale Trail

A chilly but bright Saturday, we decided to pack up our bikes, drive into the Derbyshire countryside and cycle along the Longdendale Trail, a 7 mile cycle track which was once an old railway line. A safe off-road cycle combined with lovely views sounded just the thing. The trail is part of the Trans Pennine […]

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Exploring Saltburn by the Sea

Our first full day in Yorkshire and we drove along the coast from Staithes to the lovely old fashioned seaside resort of Saltburn by the Sea. Just twenty minutes easy drive but better than that, it was cloudy, overcast and chilly in Staithes but Saltburn had a (teeny) bit of sun and was a few […]

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Porec and its Basilica

Porec is just 40 minutes by car from Rovinj.  An easy drive, very well sign-posted and definitely worth it to see this lovely Roman town which juts out into the blue Adriatic.  We found a parking space close to the centre and set off to explore. Porec is probably the most popular resort in Istria. […]

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