French Riviera Journals

The Beautiful Towns on the French Riviera

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A travel journal to French Riviera by Anne-Marie

Cabris Photo, French Riviera, France More Photos
Quote: Our group of family and friends spend a memorable 10 days of Easter vacation in the French Riviera, visiting its beautiful coastal and hilltop towns, driving the thrilling Corniches and enjoying the wonderful French food.

The Beautiful Towns on the French Riviera

Overview

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People-watch in the ritzy towns of Nice and Cannes. Go back in time in the quaint medieval towns of Eze, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, St Paul, etc. Shop for the wonderful Provencal fabric and pottery. Go to the bakery in the morning for freshly out-of-the-oven baguettes. Cook all the fresh produce bought at the outdoor markets of Nice and Grasse. Drive the thrilling and breathtaking Corniches and other coastal routes.Quick Tips: For a stay of a week or more, rental houses are much more comfortable than hotels, especially if you travel with children. It gives you more space to roam, allows you to live like natives and cook all the wonderful produces you find at the outdoor markets.Best Way T...Read More

L'omnibule

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Hotel

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Because of the length of our stay and the size of our group, we decided that a rental house is by far the best option for us. Several months before our vacation, we surfed the Net for houses that can sleep 12 preferrably in a small town not too far from the coast. We settled on L''Omnibule, a 6-bedrooms, 5-baths villa with heated pool and "American" kitchen in the small hilltop town of Cabris. The house was listed by www.france-villas.com, a site that offered over 500 villas throughout France. We had to make a 30% deposit at time of reservation and pay the balance 45 days before arrival. Utilities and cleaning were extra. The house was located right off of D4, the coastal road that...Read More

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L'omnibule
Off D4
French Riviera, France

Negresco Hotel

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Hotel

Negresco Hotel Photo, French Riviera, France
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Located on Nice''s famous Promenade des Anglais, the Negresco Hotel is one of the most exclusive deluxe resort hotels in the world. The building, which is now a national monument, was built in 1912 by Henri Négresco, a Hungarian immigrant. Before he started the hotel, Henri was director of the city casino''s restaurant. He wanted his hotel to be a hauts lieux and had it designed to attract the very top of the upper crust, guests who were the richest people in the world like the Rockefellers. During World War I, the hotel became a hospital. Hotel Negresco is a prestigious address for travelers who cherish the elegance of traditional French taste. Now a perpetual landmark with palatial public r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Negresco Hotel
37 Promenade des Anglais
French Riviera, France

Cuisine Nissard / Nicois Gastronomy

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Restaurant | "Cuisine Nissard or Nicois Gastronomy "

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Regional gastronomy in the Provence-Côte d'Azur is very distinctive from the rest of French cuisine. A Mediterranean influence brings hot spices and seafoods. Garlic, olive oil and olives are predominant, and "Herbes de Provence" abundant. In the "Beyond" region, there are areas with their own very distinctive styles, and even the more widely-known dishes have local variations. Niçois cooking, for example, is well-respected and considered unique. The only way to get to know the real Nice is by tasting their savory cooking. The main cooking ingredient is, of course, olive oil and many of the dishes are garnished with the succulent little black Nice olives called Caillettes. One must ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Cuisine Nissard / Nicois Gastronomy
Throughout the French Riviera
French Riviera, France

Cabris

Attraction

Cabris Photo, French Riviera, France
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At 35km from Nice and 6km from Cabris, Cabris is an extremely pretty Provencal village perched like an eagle's nest 550m above sea level. With a population of just over 1,000, Cabris a very small village that has not seen many tourists but has recently become a preferred place to own second homes at. The only reason we knew about Cabris was because our rental house was located there. The D4 road from Grasse enters the village beneath rows of "marronniers" (horse chestnut trees). On the village side of the road, the outdoor tables of several restaurants are set beneath the shade of more marronniers. On the other side of the road is a huge grassy field filled with even more shady marronniers. A...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2001

Cabris
35km from Nice
French Riviera, France

Nice - Seaside

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Attraction | "Nice - The Seaside"

Nice - Seaside Photo, French Riviera, France
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The fifth largest city in France, Nice is the transportation hub of the French Riviera with its international airport and the Paris-Nice train. If you come from America, chances are Nice is your first stop before reaching your "Beyond" destinations. Nice is often avoided by travelers who expect an off-the-beaten-track experience from the south of France. But this city of Belle Epoque and Baroque buildings, sun and sea remains an elegant vacation spot in France. Nice is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, has the most museums in France. If you come to Nice for its reknown beaches, you will be surprised to discover that the beaches of Nice are covered with shingles (smooth stones) a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Nice - Seaside
The City
French Riviera, France

Villefranche-sur-Mer

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Attraction

Villefranche-sur-Mer Photo, French Riviera, France
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We first knew Villefranche-sur-Mer as a port of call on our Mediterranean cruises where we were quickly transferred from cruise ship to tour bus for ultimate destinations on the French Riviera such as Nice or Monaco. But soon we were seduced by the surreality of this pretty watercolor fishing port and kept coming back to it every time we came to the region. Nestled between Nice and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, right in the heart of the most beautiful and rich part of the Côte d'Azur, Villefranche is a refuge of the rich and famous. Its deep harbor is a favorite of Onassis' and several royalties. Some of the most splendid properties are hidden away here. Tina Turner has a palatial villa in Villefr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Villefranche-sur-Mer
The city
French Riviera, France

Old Town Nice (Vieux Nice)

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Attraction | "Nice, La Vieille Ville"

Old Town Nice (Vieux Nice) Photo, French Riviera, France
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The "vieille ville" (Old Town) is the most "Beyond" part of Nice. With narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, this could be any medieval village of the region. The streets are packed with shops and shoppers. Small restaurants vie for patronage with shops selling food, meat, produce, pasta, clothes, gifts, etc.. You can buy wine by the bottle or the barrel (bring your own container). We bought the most amazing freshly made pasta here. The Cours Saleya is the half street, half square long pedestrian thoroughfare, which is the nerve center of old Nice. Framed with centuries-old houses and shaded by plane trees, the long and narrow square hosts a colorful flower and foo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Old Town Nice (Vieux Nice)
Rue Colonna d'Istria
French Riviera, France

Antibes

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Attraction

Antibes Photo, French Riviera, France
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"I had never seen anywhere so startlingly beautiful. The little town juts out into the sea in the middle of the vast bay of Nice. The waves lap at its feet, the sea spray surrounds it. Above the ramparts the houses cling one to another beneath the two towers that rise up to the sky like the two horns of an ancient helmet. It was one of those rare delectable moments of supreme happiness that stay etched in your memory for evermore." Guy de Maupassant Antibes was a Greek fortified town in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town but above all, it had always been an active port for trading along the Mediterranean. With a seafaring history spanning thousands of years, it is of little surprise th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Antibes
The City
French Riviera, France

Menton

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Attraction

Menton Photo, French Riviera, France
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Situated at the extreme South East end of France, past Monaco, on the French-Italian border, right on the coast, Menton is all at once a city of gardens, a seaport, and a beach resort. From 1346 to 1848, Menton belonged to the Grimaldi family of Monaco. In 1861, it officialy became French. Today, it is home to a large number of English retirees who came here in search of pleasant weather. Surrounded by mountains, Menton is protected from winds and benefits from a wonderful weather. Its exceptional sunlight and the subtropical climate make Menton ideal for growing orange trees, lemon trees, palm trees, and flowers. The city slogan "Our City is a Garden" was not chosen at random! Menton has ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Menton
The City
French Riviera, France