Part 3 in Nice – French Riviera Winter Walks

Winter Walks in the South of France Nice is the French Riviera’s largest town – and also has the largest parks Everybody who travels to the French Riviera will get to Nice sooner or later.

This is not always something that happens by design. Many people only come here to catch a connecting train or a plane, finding themselves with half a day or more to kill. So what is there to

Part 3 in Nice – French Riviera Winter Walks

Part 2 in Monaco – French Riviera Winter Walks

Walks in the South of France From Monaco to a celebrated coastal spot The stroll from Monaco to the near-by Mala Beach in Cap d’Ail is the classic family beach walk on the Riviera.

It may not be as rugged and spectacular as some of the others trails in the area – there is no jumping from rock to rock here: the beach path is asphalted throughout. But what it

Part 2 in Monaco – French Riviera Winter Walks

Part 1 in Menton – French Riviera Winter Walks

Walks in the South of France A Foretaste of the Alps in Menton Today, we will begin a short series of winter walks on the French Riviera. There will be one walk each for the three main towns in the coastland’s eastern section: Nice, Monaco and Menton.

These French Riviera winter walks resemble each other inasmuch as they are family-friendly (i.e easy to manage for people of all ages), short and logistically undemanding,

Part 1 in Menton – French Riviera Winter Walks

Hiking in a French Riviera Hinterland

Hiking in the South of France Gorbio – A French Riviera Hinterland Today’s walk is the perfect daytrip for visitors of the French Riviera who want to get a first impression of the arrière-pays, the mountainous hinterland of the coastal strip between Cannes and Menton. The trail leads – across a distance of roughly 6 km – from Gorbio to Saint Agnes. Both villages are connected to the bus network of Menton.

Hiking in a French Riviera Hinterland

Dare to Take One Lap Around Monte Carlo?

Urban Walks Follow the Tyremarks of F1 Legends on the World’s Most Famous Racing Track First a confession: I am not a great fan, either of the F1 Grand Prix circus or of the Principauté itself. To me, Monaco has always felt like a council estate that won the lottery.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this walk around the F1 circuit tremendously, recognizing some of the sites from half-remembered TV transmissions (I last watched a

Dare to Take One Lap Around Monte Carlo?

Beautiful and Young – They came to Die in Menton

Urban Walks in the French Riviera Sunny Menton is to die for When Menton’s old chateau was razed in the late 19th century, the city administration decided to convert the grounds into a municipal cemetery. This turned out to be an excellent business decision, because at the very moment the issue was decided, thousands of people were getting ready to make their way into the town – people who, in essence, would come to sunny

Beautiful and Young – They came to Die in Menton

Montmartre by Chansons

Themed Walks in Paris Walking in Montmarte by Chansons It seems to be more difficult to say goodbye to Paris than originally thought.

This is a postscript to last week’s post. A postscript appears in order because more songs have been written about Montmartre than about any other part of Paris, and rather than leaving out all but one or two of them (in order to preserve some sort of balance,) it appeared

Montmartre by Chansons

Paris by Chansons

Themed Walks in Paris Paris by Chansons This, in a way, is our farewell note to Paris. After 20 years, we have recently moved on to sunnier climes. We will certainly come back for brief visits and a walk or two, but most of our “easy hiking” from now on will concentrate on the Mediterranean.

Since this post is the last in a long series, it comes with a little twist or an

Paris by Chansons

Oligarch for a Day

Easy Hiking in the South of France Oligarch for a Day in Cap Martin One thing many people know about the French Riv is that it’s for millionaires only. When I told my 87-year-old mum, God bless her, that we were moving there, she cried. She could not help it, she explained: the thought of us trying to keep up with the local Joneses, the likes of Coco Chanel and Roman Abramovich, just filled her

Oligarch for a Day

Themed Walks in Paris: Bastille Day Walk

Themed Walks in Paris The Bastille Day Walk What better way to celebrate the 14th of July, the French national holiday, than to trace its events, following – as literally as that is technically possible – in the footsteps of history in one of our themed walks in Paris?

Whatever you may think of the French Revolution, at least, Bastille Day is one national holiday that does not commemorate a bunch of stuffy

Themed Walks in Paris: Bastille Day Walk