Exploring Nice Old Town

The Old Town area of Nice was my favourite part of the city – a maze of narrow streets, red tiled roofs and Italianate facades, it looks like it has hardly changed for centuries. Strolling around and soaking up the atmosphere in this part of the city is an absolute delight. Laundry hangs from windows and…

Seaside Strolling in Nice

A stroll by the sea along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice is one of the things they say you have to do. Not arguing with conventional wisdom, we hopped off our hop on/off tour bus at this point, found a bench and just sat for a while looking over the beach and watching the…

Hopping On And Off Around Nice

Nice, the largest city on this stretch of coast and known as “The Queen of the Riviera” is the 5th largest city in France. Having been before and done all my pre-trip research I was well aware of its reputation for superb culture, shopping, eating and drinking mixed with crime, graffiti and horrendous traffic. I…

Exploring Mougins

Recommended by the lady who owned our holiday apartment, we had not heard of Mougins and were surprised to find it was just five miles north of Cannes. She recommended a visit, we took the advice and found like so many other places just slightly away from the Riviera coast, it felt like a different world. We…

Exploring Grasse And The Perfume Museum

After learning about perfume production at Fragonard we carried on into the medieval old town of Grasse. I had read some quite negative reviews on Tripadvisor so we weren’t expecting much but ended up all agreeing it was totally charming. The town has several perfume museums, we opted to visit the Musee International de la…

Staying in Cannes

Cannes was our destination of choice, next job was to sort accommodation. We looked at various options, browsed all our regular websites and eventually settled on an apartment we all agreed suited (or looked like it did) perfectly. Not cheap but not over the top expensive and (crucially) available for our dates, we booked straightaway and…

Old Cannes

Cannes is now known as a city of festivals, glitz and glamour, an exclusive seaside resort full of yachts belonging to the rich and famous. All true, the once small fishing village though is incredibly family friendly and there are accommodation alternatives to suit all types of budgets. We saw plenty of bronzing bodies in…