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
Easy Hikes in the South of France What have the Romans ever done for the French Riviera? Not much, it appears. For our first proper walk of the year – one involving a forest, “big sky views” and mud under our feet – we picked a theatre of ancient local history.
You would be surprised how difficult it can be to find real “history” on the French Riviera. Don’t
… Ancient History Between Cannes and Antibes
Easy Hikes in the French Riviera The French Riviera would be as beautiful, culturally much poorer without its long history of eccentric Anglo-Saxons The French Riviera is a truly blessed spot – with its richly articulated coastline, its pretty coastal villages, its bays and its boats, its nearly perennial sunshine and pleasant temperatures all year round.
But just to prove that nothing is perfect this side of paradise, there are also a few
… The Castles of La Napoule
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
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
… Make a Salad Nicoise