Category: Trips

Trip to Hôtel de Crillon

This is one of the grande old dames of Paris. Friends of ours know the chef sommelier and encouraged us to visit the hotel for lunch, dangling the promise of a look behind the scenes – I couldn’t resist! Intro The Hôtel de Crillon first opened… Continue Reading “Trip to Hôtel de Crillon”

Postcard from Alassio

We’ve rather come to regard Alassio as our home from home, it is after all only 80 minutes by car from us. It was the first place we were happy to stay at post the last Lockdown, largely because the Covid rules in Italy… Continue Reading “Postcard from Alassio”

Trip to Saint-Jeannet

I’m continuing my series of posts about Villages Perchés (perched villages) because there are so many I’ve yet to cover. Today’s village of Saint-Jeannet is another one of the sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur tourist department as the Route… Continue Reading “Trip to Saint-Jeannet”

Where to visit in France this autumn

French Tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne recently proclaimed that health measures and French holidaymakers had “saved the summer”, and called on people to continue to support the tourist industry by taking holidays in September and October. We’re hoping for an Indian summer. That means weekends,… Continue Reading “Where to visit in France this autumn”

Trip to La Gaude

I’m returning to my posts about Villages Perchés (perched villages) because there are so many I’ve yet to cover. Today’s village of La Gaude is another one of the sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur tourist department as the Route des… Continue Reading “Trip to La Gaude”

Trip to Carros

I’m returning to my posts about Villages Perchés (perched villages) of which there are many I’ve yet to cover. Today’s village Carros is one of sixteen villages grouped together by the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur tourist department as the Route des Villages Perchés (Route of Perched… Continue Reading “Trip to Carros”

More beautiful French villages

Following on from last week’s list which formed part of a competition on French television, here’s a more “classical list.” As you may have gathered, while I’m getting out and about, I’m not visiting anywhere new that I can write about. That’ll all change… Continue Reading “More beautiful French villages”

Some of France’s most beautiful villages

Let’s indulge in a spot of virtual travel around the most visited country in the world. At least it was before you know what! Every year, the TV channel France 3 runs a competition to find the best-loved villages in France by region. It’s… Continue Reading “Some of France’s most beautiful villages”

Trip to Alassio: Part II

A bit like the Romans many centuries before, the British in 19th century colonised both the French and Italian Rivieras. I’ve already written about their influence on the Cote d’Azur, here’s what happened across the border in Italy. The history of the English in Alassio… Continue Reading “Trip to Alassio: Part II”

Trip to Alassio: Part I

After his heroic efforts cycling in –  or should that be up and down –  Piedmont, my beloved felt in need of a few days of restorative farniente. There was only one place to go. Just over the hour from home, Alassio is a… Continue Reading “Trip to Alassio: Part I”