France 2018: A Day in the Jura

I’m in Burgundy again visiting my friends Di and Tam. I was here much the same time last year but this year is definitely a lot hotter as a heatwave scorches across Europe. They have some exciting plans for us over my three days here and it was fortuitous, given the soaring temperature, that the […]

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Three Days in Burgundy

Why go? I’ve driven through Burgundy and spent odd nights in the region many times over the years but my recent visit was to stay with friends who own a house in southern Burgundy and it was very nice to have more time for a bit of exploration and appreciation of all Burgundy has to […]

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A Day in Lyon and Paul Bocuse

I’m just back from three lovely days in France. Friends Di and Tam invited me to visit them at their house in Burgundy and as I flew into and out of Lyon, about 100km south of where they live, Di suggested I book an evening flight so we could spend the day in Lyon. We’re […]

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Nice: Five Nights in Nice – Eat, Drink, Do

I arrived home from Nice last night and thought it would be a nice idea to put together all my suggestions about what to do there in one convenient post. Of course, one can only do so much in a 5-night stay and thus the suggestions are limited, obviously subjective because they’re based on my […]

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Nice: Dinner at Restaurant Lou Pistou

Serendipity was at play again last night. I’d had a restaurant in mind for supper but it was closed. I’d looked at Lou Pistou in a Rue Raoul Bosio a few times. It wasn’t in my guide books or on the food tour’s restaurant list but its small intimacy and a menu consisting of mainly […]

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Nice: In Search of Raoul Dufy

Anyone who knows Raoul Dufy’s (1877-1953) joyous paintings of Nice won’t be surprised to hear that when in Nice and walking along the Promenade des Anglais, they frequently come to mind. There is the beautiful curve of the Baie des Angers (Bay of Angels) that he captured, the tall palm trees that line the edge […]

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Nice: Supper at Le Bistro du Fromager

The decision of where to eat the main meal of the day is a very important one for a food blogger on holiday. With two guides books and a list of recommended restaurants from the food tour yesterday, it shouldn’t be too difficult a task to accomplish. However, finding anywhere in the maze of narrow […]

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Nice: Bus to Villefranche

The weather forecast for today and tomorrow isn’t great and I was woken early in morning by the sound of heavy rain. I wasn’t sure whether to go ahead with my plan to catch a bus to take me a few miles along the coast to Villefranche when I set out to find a cafe […]

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Nice: A Taste of Nice Food Tour

It was only a week or so ago that I did a Google search to see what was on in Nice while I’m here and I came across A Taste of Nice tours (www.atasteofnice.com). Their food tour promised tastes of Nice’s specialities and a background to the history and culture of Nice. I don’t really […]

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Nice: Arrival, Exploration & a Nicoise Supper

I first came to the south of France in my twenties. Then, when my kids were young in the 1980s and 90s we had lots of family holidays in South West France. But it wasn’t until 2006 that I visited Nice for the first time on a short holiday with my daughter. I loved it […]

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