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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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Saorge, Peillon and Other Perched Villages in the South of France

One of the historic delights of Cote d’Azur is its many mountain-top towns, or as they are often called – perched villages.  They are primarily in the southern Alpes that stretch down to the sea east of Nice and cover … Continue reading

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Nice – Heart and Soul of Cote d’Azur (Part 2)

This is a continuation of an earlier post about Nice. With the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Nice was handed back to Savoy until 1860 and 100 years of tourism began that by the end of 19th century had made the … Continue reading

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Nice – Heart and Soul of Cote d’Azur (Part 1)

For most non-French visitors to Cote d’Azur, their trip begins in Nice as their plane sets down in what is France’s busiest non-Paris airport, but more often than not that is the last they see of the city until they … Continue reading

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Ste.-Maxime, Grimaud and Draguignan: Something for Everyone

Across the gulf from St.-Tropez are two communities – Ste.-Maxime and Grimaud – that are not only worth a visit on their own merits, but good places to stay while spending time on the western end of Cote d’Azur.   After … Continue reading

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