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
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
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
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
… When in Hyeres Go Hiking or Biking in Porquerolles
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
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
The Riviera is famous for … well, many things in fact – speed boats, card sharps, minor royals – so it never ceases to surprise me how many of the visitors we meet have explicitly come to see one of the gardens of the Riviera.
I am – to be honest – not a natural garden enthusiast, but have over the years developed an understanding of why many people seem to be so
… How and Where to Discover the Gardens of the Riviera
We continue with our tips on how to get most out of your short trip to Nice
In contrast to the mountainside, the Riviera’s other great area of wilderness, the Mediterranean Sea, does not require its prospective visitors to embark on a long and protracted journey: it is always there, at most a few hundred metres from where you are. Well, that is the theory.
In practice, however, what you find
… Take This Neat Little Hiking Package to Cap Nice
Holidays would be different if we had unlimited amounts of time for them, but we do not. So they are what they are, which largely means: always too short.
As a rule of thumb, the more affluent people are, the more often they will go on a vacation, but – since the time available for holidays has not increased – they will spend less and less time at any of their destinations. Time
… Some Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Short Trip to Nice
Two scenic train rides from Nice into its alpine back country are on the itinerary of most Riviera visits: the Train des Merveilles (to Tende near the Italian frontier) and the Train des Pignes (to Digne-les-Bains in the northwest). Ticking off the Train des Merveilles from our own travel schedule was one of the first things we did on the Riviera – we had not even moved for good in the area yet
… In Nice? Take the Train des Pignes to Entrevaux!