Favorite Towns of Provence and the Cote d’ Azur

Bonnieux from TheLuberon.com

Mmmm...imagine sunshine, the scent of lavender and rosemary, parasol pines, olive groves, sunflowers, and the Mediterranean...you are experiencing the South of France. But Provence and the Cote d'Azur offer much more than that. Think of hill towns, charming markets, art galleries, sailing, scuba diving, star-gazing (movie star, that is), swimming and soaking up the sun, and of course, fine French ... Read Full Article

Top Day-Trips from Nice, France

Villefranche sur mer

Though the French Riviera is famed for its captivating coast - sweeping cliff lines spilling down to soft-lulling coves – don’t just stay in one spot, but instead sample a more diverse mix of destinations via selected daytrips from Nice along the Côte D’Azur. You don’t need to be especially intrepid to travel here – trains and buses offer easy, cheap and convenient modes of travel, while ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Nice, France: Editor’s Picks


Nice is an amazing city and most hotels are within walking distance of both the Old Town and the sea. When choosing where to stay, remember that most of Nice’s hotels are older. Most all have been recently renovated, but the style could be a bit out-dated.  Our ‘where to stay’ options are organized by star ranking, beginning with 5-star hotels and ending with featured budget hotels. Special ... Read Full Article

Rediscovering Nice, France

Nice's Place Massina at night

After just a few years absence, I was longing to return to Nice, France. I have always loved the festive atmosphere in Nice, no matter the season. Our last visit to Nice for a conference was in March and the city seemed fresh and ready for summer, which was right around the corner. This time we visited in early September and summer was not ready to give way to fall. The days were comfortably hot ... Read Full Article

Fruit Confit at Confiserie Florian near Nice, France


Shortly after we began dating, my (now) husband introduced me to fruit confit (candied fruit). He held out a tiny sugar coated piece of orange and asked me if I wanted to try it. As I reached for it, he pulled it back and cut off a microscopic piece for me. As I tasted its rich citrus flavor, I momentarily forget about how stingy he had been. “Do you like it?” he queried. “Mmmm,” I responded. ... Read Full Article

France’s Famed Parfumerie Fragonard

Raw ingredients for Fragonard perfume

To tell you the truth, I’ve never been much of a fine perfume person. Don’t get me wrong, I’d never turn away a bottle of Chanel No. 5 if it were given to me as a gift, but I rarely shop for perfume on my own. However, after an informational trip to Fragonard, the famous French parfumerie (with shops in Grasse, Eze and Paris), my perspective changed. Like all fine French products, the history of ... Read Full Article

Nice, France – a City for Wanderers

Place de Massena

When I worked as an English teacher in a French lycée (high school), I lived in a small town near Saint Tropez called Gassin.  Gassin was incredibly lovely, and its 3,000 inhabitants were absolutely charming and more than hospitable to this obviously américaine outsider. I spent my first few weekends there perusing the goods at the local market, strolling through the vineyard near the guesthouse I ... Read Full Article

Eze—The Peak of the Cote d’ Azur


Nice may have its boardwalk along the deep blue sea and Monaco its glitzy casinos, but in between, perched high on a rocky outcrop, is the ancient village Èze. No place along the Cote d' Azur can match the views from this enchanting site over the sea. To get there from Nice, simply take bus #112 from Gare Routiere, the central bus station. For the price of 1 euro, this journey takes you along a ... Read Full Article

Frugal Guide to Fantastic Nice, France


The moment you step onto the Promenade des Anglais and witness the vista of aquamarine sea, white foam, striped umbrellas, and the surrounding leafy green hills, you will immediately understand the appeal Nice has had for centuries. Yes, there are the charming, winding narrow streets of the Old Town and the boutiques, the daily markets, and patisserie—but the view from the boardwalk of Nice is a ... Read Full Article

Shop the Markets of Provence and the Cote d’Azur

Nice Market in Summer

When in Provence, checking out the many street markets is a must. While in France we build our sightseeing around the markets. We get to the town early, visit the market and spend the rest of the day visiting the sights. The vendors at these markets are friendly and most will speak at least a little English. If not, you can use hand gestures to let them know what you want and how much. It ... Read Full Article