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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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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Driving The Grande Corniche

After Eze we got back on the Moyenne Corniche and followed the road all the way to Menton on the Italian border. It looked like a pretty little place but we opted not to stop again quite so soon and sought out signs for the Grande Corniche. Not so easy to find. After a false […]

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Exploring Eze

We approached Eze driving along the Moyenne Corniche. What a gorgeous place – we’d seen plenty of villages and vistas that fitted that description on this trip but Eze was right up there with the best of them. Spectacular from the first glimpse it sits on a rocky outcrop at 1,300 feet above the sparkling […]

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Hopping On And Off Around Nice

Nice, the largest city on this stretch of coast and known as “The Queen of the Riviera” is the 5th largest city in France. Having been before and done all my pre-trip research I was well aware of its reputation for superb culture, shopping, eating and drinking mixed with crime, graffiti and horrendous traffic. I […]

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Jardin du Luxembourg

Where better than the Jardin du Luxembourg on a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon? For us it was the most perfect way to escape the city without actually having to leave. This is one of Paris’ most popular parks, forming a southern boundary to St Germain and the Latin Quarter. The Sorbonne University is nearby, what […]

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