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

An Unimpressive Hike in Provins

"unimpressive hike in Provins"

Hiking near Paris

If you go hiking nearly every week, you can’t expect to hit the jackpot each time. Some hiking trips go awry (you get lost, it starts to rain), while others fail to meet expectations – and a welcome thing this is, too.

Otherwise, we would no longer have standards – all concepts of appreciation, such as “good” or “beautiful”, require an opposite: a dark background against which

An Unimpressive Hike in Provins

A Visit to the Chateau De Fontainebleau

"Chateau de Fontainebleau near Paris"

Day Trip from Paris The Chateau de Fontainebleau Located approximately 30 miles south of Paris, the Chateau de Fontainebleau is probably the second most famous castle in France.

The contrast to the undisputed champion, however, could not be starker: Versailles is so famous because it perfectly captures the personality of its “first owner”, the essence of an age and of baroque kingship, preserving all of them in the “amber of

A Visit to the Chateau De Fontainebleau

The Rocks of Fontainebleau

Easy Hiker between the Rocks of Fontainebleau

Hikes near Paris

It was just after our picnic lunch on the Carrefour de Denecourt when Mrs. Easy Hiker started to sing the praises of hiking in the Ile de France, thanking the Hiking Gods for making all local trails so conveniently flat. She hadn’t quite finished her sentence when we went on a steep rise and found ourselves climbing up and down the rocks of Fontainebleau for the rest of the day.

The Rocks of Fontainebleau

Les Miserables Hiking the Marais of Misery

"The Marais de Misery near Paris"

Hiking Trails near Paris Hiking the Marais of Misery

You may have heard about Paris, Texas. Today, I will take you a little further east, into the swampy lowlands of the Essonne river, straight into the bayous of Paris, Louisiana.

But first, we have to take the train into the Deep South of the Ile de France, to a town called Ballancourt (RER line D from Gare de Lyon).

Les Miserables Hiking the Marais of Misery

Confessions of a Hiking Blogger

"sitting in front of the ancient Chateaupers farm along the Dourdan hiking trail near Paris"

Hiking trails near Paris Confession time for a hiking blogger

What I normally do after our hikes is this: I sit down, on the very same evening, to write down a few lines for later reference, so I will remember what happened when we eventually want to publish the post – which may be weeks, sometimes months after the event- you know – when details may have become a bit

Confessions of a Hiking Blogger

Hiking Rural France on a Day Trip from Paris

Hiking trails near Paris Discover Rural France It never fails to amaze me how profonde – how deeply, relentlessly rural – France can be as little as one hour away from Paris.

Today’s walk – which features some pretty and prosperous farms, some new, some hundreds of years old – could serve as a perfect introduction to the charms of rural France for visitors who want to see more of

Hiking Rural France on a Day Trip from Paris