- Published: 30 September 2015
St. Tropez,“The pearl of the French Riviera” according to the musical “La Cage aux folles”, hosts its regatta at the end of September each year. Past years have seen profusions of Russian and Greek oligarchs and their muscle-bulging bodyguards; this year it seems to be the the Germans who have the most noticeable presence in port, including prominent marketing stands from German car manufacturers. Strangely. Volkswagen weren't evident, though I did see an open-topped Beetle. The usual smattering of chic Italian and French visitors.
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- Published: 24 September 2015
Clear air, blue skies and autumn colours for our hikes on the granite of the vallée de la Gordolasque and the Vallon de lSalèse, all at the high end of the vallée de la Vésubie in the Mercantour national park in the Alpes Maritimes, the range of mountains forming the border with Italy for a few dozen kilometres up inland from the coast at Nice.Territory that used to be Savoy/Nice, not France or Italy.
One of the best waterfall systems you could hope to visit and some magnificent cirques, gauged by the glacier of the most recent Ice Age. A treat to enjoy the family cooking at a small restaurant in St. Martin Vésubie, underground in a cellar with a balcony looking out over the valley. I think Mother cooking and daughter doing the tables. But an indifferent family hotel, very two star and nothing more, but the wifi works!