Nice: A Warm Heart in France

Each time you visit a place it sets down new, deeper layers in your soul. My most recent trip to Nice, France, my third, was like this for me. The first two times I’d zipped through like so many tourists do, in a day or an afternoon. This last time I had the opportunity in a long weekend to soak it in, to wander the maze of Italian-flavored streets, their candy-colored buildings towering overhead. Nice is France’s fifth largest city.…

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Coastal Secrets #2: Sanary-sur-Mer

Nestled between the larger towns of Toulon and Marseille you’ll find another seaside treasure, Sanary-sur-Mer. If you’re making a trip to Marseille, it’s not very far to visit Sanary, La Ciotat, and Cassis. Don’t you just love these small French beach towns?! Sanary was established as a fishing village in the 16th century but really became a tourist destination around the 1980s. it’s a place to enjoy the beach life on a village scale. There are small beaches, with an…

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Coastal Secrets: #1 La Ciotat

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the Riviera without the price and snob-appeal? To taste the South of France coastline without the packed beaches, the secret is to aim smaller. The next few posts will feature French coastal towns you might not have ever heard of. You can discover many of them tucked in between renowned destinations like Nice and St. Tropez. They are hidden treasures along the French Riviera, worth a serious look if you want a slower pace…

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A Taste of Provence

I plan to write a lot more about Provence in posts to come, but wanted to give you a taste in pictures. These photos include some of the seaside areas of smaller towns you might not know,as well as the rugged charm of inland Provence. This is just an appetizer, so I’ll share more details in future episodes. For now, taste the banquet!             

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