Author Archives: Arnold Danielson

Where Cote d’Azur Meets Provence

 To most visitors, the Cote d’Azur is the coastal portion of Southern France stretching from Monaco westward along the Mediterranean to St.-Tropez.  For short-time visitors that is where the actions is, but to those who live there – and particularly … Continue reading

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Corsica in Five Days

My blog is focused primarily on Cote d’Azur, but when people visit the area and drive through Nice, they may see those big yellow boats heading into and out of its old port – a docking area off-limits to cruise ships.  These are … Continue reading

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Trigance Castle and Gorge du Verdon

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Suburban Artistic Hilltop Villages, St.-Paul-de-Vence and Mougins

Two popular stopovers for visitors to Cote d’Azur are St.-Paul-de-Vence and Mougins, fortified hilltop villages, not far from Nice and Cannes that became art colonies and temporary homes for famous writers and artists during the 1920s and 1930s. Besides being … Continue reading

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Frejus, St.-Raphael and the Red Rocks

About halfway between Cannes and St.-Tropez, but not getting near the attention, are the twin cities of Frejus and St.-Raphael and immediately to their south is the spectacular shore road along the Massif de l’Esterel – the Corniche d’Or. These … Continue reading

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Cannes: A Must See, but Overrated

Cannes is the first stop for most Cote d’Azur visitors from America, and with good reason with the publicity it gets from its film festival.  On my first trip with my wife to Cote d’Azur, after landing at Nice and … Continue reading

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Menton: Big, Busy and Overlooked

An overlooked part of Cote d’Azur by travelers from places other than France and Italy is Menton and its immediate environs.  This is understandable for travelers with limited time as it has no airport, film festival, famous casino or reputation … Continue reading

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St.-Tropez: Where the Rich Come to Play

St.-Tropez is probably better known outside of France than any other Cote d’Azur spot except perhaps Cannes and Nice, and it has become a symbol of the region’s opulence and, to some, decadence. No matter what people think of it, … Continue reading

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Monaco: A Rock, A Casino and Two Princesses

With a very small land mass – less than one square mile – Monaco was never a competitor for the mass tourist market, but it is more than just a casino.  There has long been something special about its being an … Continue reading

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Villefranche and Cap Ferrat

If I had to recommend one spot to stay for someone visiting Cote d’Azur for three or four days, it would be Villefranche.  It combines physical beauty, great walking tours, fine dining and location better than anywhere else in Cote … Continue reading

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