From Menton, Take a Scenic Walk from France to Italy

Today, we are off to Menton, the easternmost resort on the French Riviera, for a walk that takes in all the best things about this blessed little spot: its history, its scenic location and its vicinity to la bella Italia.

The walk allows you to experience Menton’s picturesque historic town centre, provides you with splendid views over the Mediterranean and, at the very end, takes you across a proper, old-style border crossing into

From Menton, Take a Scenic Walk from France to Italy

Where is the Serre de La Madone Garden?

Gardens are to nature what fictional stories are to real life. They are carefully plotted, laid out to amuse and to entertain, and they do not try to conceal that everything you see has been put there for a reason. Gardens are highly artificial, but holding that against them is like going to the theatre and complaining that everything was, well, a bit stagey.

This does not mean that all gardens are

Where is the Serre de La Madone Garden?

Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera

Castellar is a vaguely picturesque medieval village just to the north of Menton on the French Riviera, and on its own (we might as well be honest about this), it is not worth the trip. Castellar’s 972 inhabitants may hate me for saying this, but such are the risks of boldly speaking truth to power. Still, there are generally quite a few visitors around, even at this time of year. So what attracts all these

Go Hiking Up Castellar in the French Riviera

Visit the Most Famous Garden on the Riviera

The Fontana Rosa Forget what the French Government wants you to believe: public servants do make mistakes – which is why we were given 20 glorious minutes to explore this wonderful place on our own

The whole point of this blog is to tell you about hikes and urban walks so you can do them yourselves. Not so with today’s “adventure for beginners”: it is unrepeatable, up to a point, so you better

Visit the Most Famous Garden on the Riviera

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

Crossing Borders

Here is something for your bucket list: Crossing Borders on Foot

We are crossing borders all the time, more than any generation before us, but choose to do so in the most uncivilized way possible – most of the time above the clouds on our way from one identikit airport to the next.

Trains and cars are little better. Often, we only notice that we are in a different country

Crossing Borders

Menton Is The Prettiest Town In France

French Riviera Walks How about this…

… a short walk through the prettiest town in France, topped off by a visit to one of the world’s most famous gardens, with splendid views over the Mediterranean Sea throughout?

Menton, in the extreme southeastern corner of France, combines the best of France – a downtown area of tastefully proportioned apartment buildings, Deuxième Empire street statues and well-behaved

Menton Is The Prettiest Town In France