Category: Trips

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”

Trip to Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet

Another artist who made his home on the French Riviera was Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), a painter, illustrator, and printmaker, known especially for the stylised, decorative qualities of his paintings and his bold use of colour. He was a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group… Continue Reading “Trip to Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet”

The House where Picasso lived

In a couple of my recent posts, I’ve mentioned that Picasso spent his final years in a beautiful villa in Mougins. So here’s the property which has an interesting provenance and a surprising ending. Despite being Spanish-born, most of Picasso’s adult life was spent… Continue Reading “The House where Picasso lived”

Trip to Fayence: Part I

We’ve had a look around some of the villages perchées (perched villages) in the Niçois hinterland, now we’re going to take a spin around some of those in the neighbouring Var. Whether they are on a hillside, perched on a rocky outcrop, huddled against… Continue Reading “Trip to Fayence: Part I”