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 Tourettes sur Loup

Our final stop on the Gorges du Loup explorations and it was definitely a case of saving the best for last – Tourettes sur Loup. Such a gorgeous little place, perched 1,300 feet up with sheer drops all around it is stunning even as you approach and we all were completely in agreement that the…

Exploring the Gorges du Loup

Heading out of Grasse we decided not to return to the coast but to drive into the hills further and explore the Gorges du Loup – first destination being the hilltop village of Gourdon. Spectacular scenery, the village is perched atop a cliff with rocky mountains all around. Great views from this little place, 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…

Glamorous Cannes

Choosing a break for Son’s half-term holiday usually involves the pot luck approach. We check out the budget airlines to see where the most reasonably priced flights would take us, make a list and then select. We found some cheap flights to Nice and opted for that – mainly because Son really fancied the idea of…

Around the Louvre

I couldn’t go to Paris and not visit the Louvre. Husband and I agreed though that with a three year old in tow, visiting a vast collection of artistic masterpieces seemed to signify potential disaster and meltdown on an epic scale. Thus we decided to go our separate ways – Husband and Son to the park, me to…