Nice 2019: A Day of Rain & Dinner at La P’tite Cocotte

A day of rain had been forecast before I left home but you have to hope when you’re only somewhere for 4 nights – somewhere that’s supposed to be sunny in September – that the weather people have got it wrong. Sadly not. It was only a light rain when I emerged from the hotel […]

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Nice 2019: Musee Matisse & Lunch at Bar des Oiseaux

I last went to Musee Matisse in 2006 with my daughter, and as I love Matisse’s work so much, it was definitely time for a revisit. The museum is in Cimiez, about 3km north of Nice. The hotel were very helpful about how to get there, telling me I could take a No.5 bus from […]

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Nice 2019: Dinner at Peixes and A Beautiful Sunset

The day promised to be the best of my trip weather wise (rain and even thunderstorms forecast later), so I wanted to make the most of it. Hence the bus ride to Éze in the morning, which I wrote about last time, for magnificent views, then a return to Nice where I had an excellent […]

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Nice 2019: Arrival and Lunch at Peixes

It’s a long weekend break: 4 nights. By travelling out to Nice early this morning, arriving in plenty of time for lunch, and flying home late on Monday, I effectively manage to make it a 5-day trip. I flew British Airways from Heathrow and booked my hotel – Best Western Plus Hotel Massena – through […]

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Travel: Cities with a View … and a Long Climb!

It was while I was climbing a steep path up to the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence in June that it occurred to me that I seem to make a habit of visiting cities where a long steep climb is required to get to an amazing view; a challenge I can’t resist. I have friends who […]

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Travel and the Call of the Familiar

I’m a part-time adventurer when I travel in the sense that I like to go back to familiar, favourite places again and again rather than new all the time. My current ‘again and again’ place is probably Turin, where I went in March for the third time in as many years and can’t wait to […]

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Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin

I have a policy on the blog that I only review hotels I really like; places I want to – and do! – return to again and again. It was my third stay at Grand Hotel Sitea in Turin a couple of weeks ago and without doubt I’d choose to stay there again next time […]

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Turin 2019: Dinner at Pastificio Defilippis

This was another recommendation from Antonio, who is clearly notching up brownie points with me. But since he comes from Turin it would have been silly to not ask him, Where should I eat? I don’t think I would have found it without the recommendation. It’s very close to my hotel but down a busy […]

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Turin 2019: A Sunday Morning Walk in Parco del Valentino

It’s been a joy to come to Turin again and have such glorious weather. The sun has been shining in a clear blue sky; temperatures during the day hit the low to mid-20s (though it gets chilly at night) and it’s just the perfect weather for making the most of a long weekend in this […]

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GPSmyCity Travel App – Seasonal Giveaway

I’m excited to let you know that GPSmyCity have just published another 6 of my travel articles – from my holiday in Malaga in October. I have now 44 articles published on this brilliant app from trips to Spain, The Netherlands, France, Austria, Greece and Italy. The GPSmyCity app offers guides to over 6,500 walks […]

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