Hotel Belles Rives Antibes southern France

20 Nov

The frivolous lyrics from Cole Porter’s Let’s Misbehave might very well have epitomized the mood on the Côte d’Azur when the song was published in 1927. “There’s something wild about you child, That’s so contagious. Let’s be outrageous, Let’s misbehave!!!” Not only was he penning the song, but quite possibly Porter was working through it while he hung […]

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Visiting Provence the slow way is best

14 Nov

Provence is the perfect antidote to stress. Renowned not only for the startling luminosity that lured artists like Paul Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Mistral, Camus, Pétrarque and Vincent van Gogh, as much for its tranquillity and lavender scented hinterland that has a very calming effect. The scorched limestone blast of 30°C has a happy knack of […]

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The best culture and gastronomy tour of Provence

13 Nov

June is when the lavender begins to bloom in Provence, the sunflowers start to awaken and the last of the poppies are still nodding their heads in the warm summer breeze. It’s also the perfect time to take a gastronomic tour of Provence and experience the beautiful sights before the crowds of high summer arrive. […]

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Five reasons to love Arles in the south of France

10 Nov

Have you visited the intriguing town of Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône Departement? There’s so much waiting for you. This is merely un petit gout … a delicious wee taste! Roman monuments and ruins No wonder Arles is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site! Evidence of the importance of this area during Roman times is found […]

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Five reasons to love Arles in the south of France

10 Nov

Have you visited the intriguing town of Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône Departement? There’s so much waiting for you. This is merely un petit gout … a delicious wee taste! Roman monuments and ruins No wonder Arles is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site! Evidence of the importance of this area during Roman times is found […]

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Hidden Provence: Les Alpilles in the sleepy south of France

26 Oct

Les Alpilles, a limestone extension of the Luberon range whose ragged white peaks from afar boast the outlines of a great mountain chain; alas, few rise above 400 metres…arid limestone crenellations set against a brilliant blue sky. Olive and almond trees spread across the lower, south-facing slopes, pinned in place by the occasional line of […]

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Hidden Provence: Les Alpilles in the sleepy south of France

26 Oct

Les Alpilles, a limestone extension of the Luberon range whose ragged white peaks from afar boast the outlines of a great mountain chain; alas, few rise above 400 metres…arid limestone crenellations set against a brilliant blue sky. Olive and almond trees spread across the lower, south-facing slopes, pinned in place by the occasional line of […]

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What to see at Les Baux de Provence in Provence

22 Oct

Les Baux de Provence is justly classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.You drive through wriggling roads between limestone crests to get there, and it’s absolutely worth the ride. In fact, the ‘village’ as such sits below the great limestone plateau on which the lords of Baux built their chateau. Les Baux […]

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