French Friday – Explore glamorous Cannes on a day trip from Nice

Is there any place on Earth that screams glamour more than the city of Cannes on the French Riviera? With its luxury shops, palatial hotels and gourmet restaurants, not to mention golden beaches filled with bikini-clad sunbathers, playboys cruising about in luxury cars and of course the annual film festival, the place is something of a magnet for the rich and famous. But you don't need to … [Read more...]

French Friday – Soak up the south of France’s artistic past

For those keen to indulge their passion for art while on holiday in a sun-soaked destination, it is worth considering taking a trip to the south of France. By heading to the Cote d'Azur, you'll not only have the chance to enjoy some pleasant weather but will also gain an insight into the life and work of world-class artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. With that in mind, I've … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #187: Macaron Day!

Today is Macaron Day in France! There will be lots of celebrating and lots of lines all around Paris for free macarons (here are locations). I myself am not a big fan, although I keep trying.  The last time I ate one was more than a year ago when I bought a box from Ladurée in London. But I love the idea of celebrating a food item and find this video about doing just that in Paris … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #186: Chateau Richeux Sunroom

I was looking through some photos for Highlights I was creating for my AFAR Wanderlists when I ran across this one of the sunroom inside the Chateau Richeux. I do wish they would hurry up with that whole Star Trek transporter thing, or even the holodeck, so that I can curl up with a book right in this very spot anytime I want. What about you? Have you ever re-looked at trip photos and found a … [Read more...]

The Best Romantic Strolls in Paris

There is no doubt that the City of Light is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Whether you are on your honeymoon or your 50th wedding anniversary, this city will kindle a spark between you and your significant other. Paris is romantic to start with, but there are a few neighborhoods that are more romantic than others. These neighborhoods are the perfect setting for strolls … [Read more...]

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