In the Footsteps of Great Writers in Menton and Monaco

Granted: not many famous writers have come from the Riviera. Writers, however, have always loved to travel to the southern coast of France, sometimes only to relax and to have fun, but sometimes also to work and – eventually – to write about it, in one form or the other.

The list of visiting writers is long and includes 19th century greats like Chekhov and Dickens as well as modernist authors

In the Footsteps of Great Writers in Menton and Monaco

Team Eze Hiker Conquering the Peak in the Sequel

Several years ago, when we had already established our base on the Riviera but not yet turned it into a proper home, we decided one day to walk from Eze-sur-mer all the way up to Eze village.

This turned out to be a fairly tough hike, particularly for that half of the easy hiking team (aka “my other half”) who was not wearing the right shoes because

Team Eze Hiker Conquering the Peak in the Sequel

The Challenge of a Hike to the Summit of Tete de Chien

Granted: nobody would mistake the Alpes Maritimes for the Himalaya. After all, the mountains which line the coast of the French and Italian Riviera are easily measured in the hundreds of metres rather than the thousands.

They can, however, look intimidatingly high when seen from the ground up. When you stand by the sea – as most people do when they look at these mountains – 500 metres

The Challenge of a Hike to the Summit of Tete de Chien

French Riviera Garden Festival 2017 Winners

Remember the Festival des Jardins on the French Riviera and our posts about the ten contestants from Grasse to Menton? If you do, you may also remember our promise to tell you who won as soon as the standings were published. Well, today’s the day.

The French Riviera Garden Festival 2017 Winners!

First of all, our congratulations to the Collectif Les Olivettes who can pocket the main Jury prize of €

French Riviera Garden Festival 2017 Winners

What to See on the French Riviera’s Inaugural Festival des Jardins

No long-winded openings today: there is no time to lose. Six more contestants in the French Riviera’s inaugural Festival des Jardins are waiting for our visit! (The first four are here!)

First, we are going to Antibes, or – to be more precise – to Antibes’s beach resort suburb of Juan-les-Pins, where – at Pinède Plage, a brisk 10-minute walk from Juan-les-Pins train station – the architects’ collective Les Jardiniers Nomades and the

What to See on the French Riviera’s Inaugural Festival des Jardins

The Very First French Riviera Garden Festival

Gardens are a part of the Riviera scenery like yachts, open-top sports cars and deposed government officials from corrupt cleptocracies. Unlike the mountains and the sea, they have not always been there but have become so much part of the cultural landscape that nobody remembers or can even imagine a time when they were not.

The history of the Riviera gardens goes back all the way to the “stone age” of the region

The Very First French Riviera Garden Festival

The Age of Innocence Remains in an Idyllic Garden

When we drew your attention to some of the most beautiful “Gardens of the Riviera” a few weeks ago, we failed to mention any garden to the west of Grasse. Not because there were no gardens in this part of the world but only for the reason that we had never visited any.

Now, however, that we have strayed sufficiently far away from our base in the French-Italian borderlands of the Riviera, we

The Age of Innocence Remains in an Idyllic Garden

When in Hyeres Go Hiking or Biking in Porquerolles

Porquerolles – the largest of the three Iles d’Hyères just off the coast in southern France – is what the Mediterranean would look like if it had never been touched by modern civilization.

It says a lot, I think, that this highlights not so much what Porquerolles has been missing out on but much rather the blight that affects the rest of the Mediterranean.

Now don’t get me

When in Hyeres Go Hiking or Biking in Porquerolles

From Menton, Take a Scenic Walk from France to Italy

Today, we are off to Menton, the easternmost resort on the French Riviera, for a walk that takes in all the best things about this blessed little spot: its history, its scenic location and its vicinity to la bella Italia.

The walk allows you to experience Menton’s picturesque historic town centre, provides you with splendid views over the Mediterranean and, at the very end, takes you across a proper, old-style border crossing into

From Menton, Take a Scenic Walk from France to Italy

Here are Five More Riviera Gardens to Discover

More Riviera gardens to discover!

Read the first collection of Riviera gardens here!

Last week, we surveyed the area east of Monaco and strolled deep into Italy, concentrating on the coast’s “classic” garden country. But the less climatically blessed western part of the Riviera – where the mountains are often further away from the coast and give the cold Alpine winds more room to wreak their winterly havoc – also has its little

Here are Five More Riviera Gardens to Discover