The French Riviera For Princes and Plebs

The yacht Diamonds are Forever moored in Cannes"

Easy hiking in the South of France

The French Riviera is not all of one piece and offers quite a lot of variety along its coastline of roughly 150 miles between Hyeres and Menton: geographical variety, cultural variety, even climatic variety, but most importantly, a stark contrast between the Plebeian and the Princely.

The French Riviera for Princes and Plebs

On the one hand, there are resorts where retired salesmen in

The French Riviera For Princes and Plebs

Make a Salad Nicoise

"A plate of Salad Nicoise"

Here’s Mrs Easy Hiker to show you how she made….. A Salad Nicoise

We’re back in the French Riviera. This time, in Cannes. And on the day we got there, summer seems to be refusing to budge for the arrival of autumn. It was scorching hot!

We were in the city of celebrities for three and half days, continuing our search for the small outdoors in the

Make a Salad Nicoise

The Best For Last – Villefranche-Sur-Mer

"Villefranche-sur-mer harbour"

Easy hiking in the French Riviera Villefranche-sur-Mer

If you only have time for one hiking trail during your holiday in the French Riviera, do yourself a favour and make it this one.

The tour around Mont Alban near the picturesque village of Villefranche-sur-mer was the best trail we took during our stay in the area.

What makes this trail so special?

For one, there is Villefranche-sur-mer itself.

The Best For Last – Villefranche-Sur-Mer

The Hilltop Fortress of Saorge

"A small statue of a saint alongside the road leading to Saorge"

Walking Holidays in France

On our return trip on the Train des Merveilles from Tende to Nice, we made use of the opportunity to stagger our return and to visit one of the picturesque hilltop villages along the way. The train schedule allows you to put in one or two stopovers and still arrive in Nice in time for dinner.

The Hilltop Fortress in the South of France

Between June

The Hilltop Fortress of Saorge

Train Of Marvels

"Town of Escarene seen from the Train of Marvels "

A Ride on the Train of Marvels

No easy hiking trip to the PACA region – the acronym for “Provences Alpes Cote d’Azur“– would be complete without a sojourn into the first half of that double bill, the mountainous hinterland of the French Riviera.

Unfortunately, the trails in that region are often difficult to access – even with a car but particularly if you have to rely on public transport –

Train Of Marvels

Easy Hiking in the French Riviera

"St Jean Cap Ferrat hiking trail in the French Riviera"

Easy hiking in the South of France To get the best out of an easy hiking trip to the French Riviera, you must adapt your schedule to your surroundings and the opportunities they provide: this, after all, is not the Black Forest. Take it easy: the Côte d’Azur is best enjoyed in small portions – don’t try to wolf it down in chunks of 20 or 30 km a day.

Take a

Easy Hiking in the French Riviera

Hiking the Cap d’Antibes

"A bay along the Cap d'Antibes easy hiking trail in the French Riviera"

Easy hiking in the French Riviera Finally, we were able to get some hiking done after a day of enforced inactivity. The normally sun-spoilt French Riviera has been blessed by the country’s worst weather all week, and the azure which is usually the cote’s trademark has been fading to a dark hue of grey. The Cap d’Antibes

But that’s only the beginning. I don’t know what kind of grudge the

Hiking the Cap d’Antibes

Beaches and Billionaires

"Old Town of Antibes"

To be honest, I did not know that much about the town before we came a few days ago for our hiking trip on the French Riviera, much less…

… the beaches and billionaires of Antibes.

We had been here some years ago on a daytrip, a half-day trip to be precise, while staying in Cannes. It was a mere 5 minutes or so away by train – which is probably

Beaches and Billionaires

We Are In Antibes!

"vacation rental in Antibes France via HomeAwayUK"

Finally, we are in Antibes!

And the big news is that our vacation rental in Antibes – our base for the hiking trips we have planned along the French Riviera the next week or so – is much prettier than we had dared to expect.

It’s a real “maison de caractère” as they say over here, …

… and on top of that, the flat itself is spacious

We Are In Antibes!

Pretty Provins

Day Trip from Paris

If you have ever visited a major city anywhere around the world, you will be familiar with the problem: metropolises produce such enormous fields of economic and intellectual gravity that they tend to hoover up anything of cultural interest in their immediate and even not-quite-so immediate neighbourhoods.

For centuries, the question for people with the means and the taste to create something interesting has always been: why

Pretty Provins