Tag: Var

The House where Downton holidayed

I haven’t yet seen the film Downton Abbey: A New Era but I understand that parts of it were filmed not too far from me at Villa Rocabella, a house with an interesting provenance. Invisible except from the sea, Villa Rocabella, nestled in a vast… Continue Reading “The House where Downton holidayed”

A trip to Saint-Raphaël: Part II

We used the occasion of last week’s Ascension Day holiday to visit the seaside town of Saint-Raphaël. Yesterday I wrote about the town’s rich history, today we’re going to take a closer look at the town, its ports and major attractions, aside from its… Continue Reading “A trip to Saint-Raphaël: Part II”

Trip to Saint-Raphaël: Part I

We used the occasion of last week’s Ascension Day holiday to continue our investigation of the neighbouring department. This time we visited the seaside town of Saint-Raphaël which is situated near to the larger and older town of Fréjus. It’s easy to reach by… Continue Reading “Trip to Saint-Raphaël: Part I”

Travelogue Challenge

A big thank you to those who tried to guess where my 10 photos had been taken. Inevitably, those that were more successful were the ones most familiar with my blog, and my travels. If I were to award a trophy, it would go… Continue Reading “Travelogue Challenge”

Trip to Fayence: Part II

Located 30 minutes away from Saint-Raphaël, in the foothills of the Alpes de Haute Provence, we find the hilltop villages of Pays de Fayence. Bagnols-en-Forêt, Callian, Fayence, Mons, Montauroux, Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, Seillans, Tanneron and Tourrettes, all of which offer visitors a rich cultural heritage. Having… Continue Reading “Trip to Fayence: Part II”

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”

Trip to Fréjus: Part III

This is the third and last part of our recent trip to Fréjus where we wandered around its lovely Medieval Old Town. I’ve already covered its Roman heritage in Part I, so what happened to it after the fall of the Roman empire? Its… Continue Reading “Trip to Fréjus: Part III”

Trip to Fréjus: Part II

On a recent trip to Fréjus, we visited its Roman ruins. In the gardens in front of the remains of the arena is a monument to the collapse of the Malpasset Dam, considered France’s greatest civil disaster. Malpasset was an arch dam on the… Continue Reading “Trip to Fréjus: Part II”

Trip to Fréjus: Part I

After an enjoyable lunch at the Clos des Roses vineyard, we decided to explore Fréjus. We’ve cycled past it many a time but have not previously visited either its Roman ruins or its Old Town. Now, if you’ve read any of my earlier trip… Continue Reading “Trip to Fréjus: Part I”

Trip to the Var: Part II

Aged four and a half my first trip abroad had been camping in Cavalaire. Friends of my parents had long espoused the joys of holidaying under canvas and we were persuaded into joining them. My parents purchased an all-singing, all-dancing tent, piled it into… Continue Reading “Trip to the Var: Part II”