The Final Act for the Irish Bard

Urban Walks in the South of France Walk to the villa on the French Riviera where W B Yeats died In general, I don’t believe in the theory that you can acquire an understanding of literature through a process of natural osmosis in the places where it was once written – in other words that you can replace, for example, the effects of reading or watching Shakespeare’s plays by bumping your head on low-hanging Elizabethan

The Final Act for the Irish Bard

Combining Coastal Charms and the “Lure of the (Semi-)Wild”

Easy Hiking in the French Riviera A walk through the hinterland of Beaulieu-sur-Mer for visitors in a hurry Today’s walk completes our short series of excursions to Beaulieu-sur-mer, the small town to the east of Nice on the French Riviera which is genteel, effortlessly elegant and everything else that Monaco so feverishly wants to be.

The trail summarizes the best of the Little Africa walk and the Saint Michel mountain hike of our

Combining Coastal Charms and the “Lure of the (Semi-)Wild”

How Little Africa in the Riviera Got Its Name

Urban walks in the South of France A walk through one of the lushest and poshest bits of the French Riviera One of the things I have been wondering about ever since we started to come regularly to the Riviera is: where did the Petit Afrique area in Beaulieu-sur-Mer get its name from? On one of our recent hikes, we had the opportunity to find out.

Actually, the area itself

How Little Africa in the Riviera Got Its Name

The Ultimate View of the French Riviera

Hiking in the South of France Like a good story, the walk from Beaulieu to Eze-sur-Mer reveals its plot in many twists and turns If I read an article about hiking and the author recommends a specific trail by praising its view, I know immediately: this is a walk I will want to avoid. This is because views on hikes are either fleeting, something you glimpse for a moment or two before, inevitably, you move

The Ultimate View of the French Riviera

Where to Go Hiking on the Riviera

Easy Hikes in the South of France What do you prefer: the glamour of the lowlands or the solitude of the mountains? When does the hiking season start ? Obviously, this depends very much on where you are. In some parts of Germany, they turn this into an “official” event with speeches, oompah bands and Bratwursts, and the date for this celebration is usually some time in late April. So the easiest answer is: the

Where to Go Hiking on the Riviera

Bonus: Another French Riviera Winter Walk in Nice

Urban walks in the South of France Tracing the footsteps of an adventurous friar, the ancient Romans and Queen Victoria Today’s post is some sort of a post-scriptum to our brief series of seasonal promenades along the Cote d’Azur: a walk that we discovered only recently, in the week since we published the third and, as you can see, the not-quite-last of our “Riviera winter walks”, and one that can serve very well as an

Bonus: Another French Riviera Winter Walk in Nice

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