Category: Trips

One from the vaults: Two-day trip to Paris

You may recall that back in 2017 my beloved fell off his bike and broke his hip. This was one of the first work-related trips he took a couple of months later. Yes, it’s finally time for my beloved to get back to work… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Two-day trip to Paris”

Trip to Fayence: Part VI

Having been finally let off the leash again, albeit briefly, I can conclude this series of posts which today includes Saint-Paul-en-Forêt and Bagnols-en-Forêt Bagnols-en-Forêt Welcome to Bagnols-en-Forêt, the penultimate of the nine perched villages of the Pays de Fayence! Its name alone conjures up… Continue Reading “Trip to Fayence: Part VI”

Trip to Fayence: Part V

Another long mid-week ride in the glorious sunshine prior to our latest lockdown meant I’m finally able to tell you all about Tanneron and the nearby Lac de Saint Cassien. Tanneron is the most easterly village of the Pays de Fayence, just at the… Continue Reading “Trip to Fayence: Part V”

One from the vaults: Postcard from Sanremo

Usually we’d be looking forward to tomorrow’s trip into Italy to watch the finish of the first Monument (major bike race) of the season, Milan-Sanremo, planning where to eat lunch and enjoy an Aperol Spritz. Sadly, we’ll once again be doing this at home… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcard from Sanremo”

Trip to Fayence: Part IV

After yesterday’s ride to Seillans, we drop into Callian on the way back. Callian is perched at (325metres/1065 ft) and owes its charm to the ancient streets arranged in a spiral around its feudal castle (12th – 13th century). Formerly occupied by the Celto… Continue Reading “Trip to Fayence: Part IV”

Trip to Fayence: Part III

We finally managed to get back to a few more of the beautiful perched villages in Pays de Fayence, Var. If you’re a cycling fan, you may have seen the first village during the second stage of this year’s Tour des Alpes Maritimes et… Continue Reading “Trip to Fayence: Part III”

Virtual Trip to Cannes’ Underwater Museum

You’ll understand that this is a virtual trip though it is one of the few museums I could actually visit, were I so inclined, as it’s open to socially-distant divers! This month British artist Jason declaires Taylor has concluded a four-year-long project in the… Continue Reading “Virtual Trip to Cannes’ Underwater Museum”

Trip to Chateauneuf-Grasse

I’ve slowly been introducing you to a multitude of pretty French hill villages, called “villages perchés“  in my home department of the Alpes-Maritimes, and the neighbouring Var. These were built largely during the Middle Ages (if not before) in strategic spots on mountain tops… Continue Reading “Trip to Chateauneuf-Grasse”

Trip to Antibes: Part IV

On one of the sunny days between Christmas and New Year, we walked fully around Port Vauban in Antibes. I’m generally not one for yacht porn, but if I were, there are plenty to drool over here. Antibes is a natural harbour in use… Continue Reading “Trip to Antibes: Part IV”

The House where James Baldwin lived

The French Riviera has attracted not just artists but also writers. In particular, Saint-Paul de Vence became a destination of choice for French culturati soon after Cannes hosted its inaugural film festival in 1946; it was a tranquil haven for the celebrity overspill. Following… Continue Reading “The House where James Baldwin lived”