Le Lavandou on the Côte d’Azur Varoise

1 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cavaliere Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cavaliere Beach © Ladislaus Hoffner/cc-by-sa-4.0

Le Lavandou (Occitan: Lo Lavandor) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It derives its name either from the flower lavender (lavanda in Provençal) that is prevalent in the area, or more prosaically from the local form of the Occitan name for lavoir, lavandor (for lavador, a public place for washing clothes).   read more…

Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the French Riviera

27 May 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General

© Jpchevreau/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Jpchevreau/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France with 3500 inhabitants. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, it is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght which is located nearby.   read more…

Briançon in the Cottian Alps

22 January 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General, UNESCO World Heritage

© Benj05/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Benj05/cc-by-sa-3.0

Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. At an altitude of 1,326 metres (4,350 feet) it is the highest city in France, based on the French definition as a community containing more than 2,000 inhabitants. Briançon’s most recent population estimate is 12,00. Briançon is built on a plateau centred on the confluence of the Durance and the Guisane rivers. Briançon is the base and lowest altitude station of the large Serre Chevalier ski resort. Most of the town’s accommodation is used exclusively in winter, the population tripling during that period.   read more…

The Nice Côte d’Azur Opera House

29 December 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries

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© flickr.com – debs-eye/cc-by-2.0

The Opéra de Nice is the principal opera venue in Nice on the French Riviera. It offers three types of performances: operas, ballets and classical concerts ; and houses the Ballet Nice Méditerranée and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. The “petit théâtre en bois” (wooden theatre) was first created in 1776 by Marquess Alli-Maccarani. Sold in 1787 to a group of gentry, it reopened in 1790 under the name “Théâtre Royal”. In 1826, the city of Nice, encouraged by King Charles Félix, bought it from its owners and had it demolished and rebuilt. It was inaugurated in 1828 with Giovanni Pacini‘s Il Barone di Bolsheim. In 1856, a great ball was organized in the honour of King Victor Emmanuel II.   read more…

With the Train des Pignes from Nice to Digne-les-Bains

5 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General

Route map © Chemins de Fer de Provence

Route map © Chemins de Fer de Provence

This 1-meter gauge railway runs between Nice and Digne-les-Bains, 151 km, and takes about three hours. The track follows rushing rivers and steep-sided mountain valleys, many not accessible by car, and the view is magnificent. The ride is an adventure. The stations are old, tiny and personal, with everything on a human level. The name Train des Pignes comes from the pinecones, once used for tinder to start the steam engines.   read more…

Saint-Tropez

17 June 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General

Saint_Tropez church © MartinPutz

Saint_Tropez church © MartinPutz

Saint-Tropez is a town, 104 km to the east of Marseille, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. It is also the principal town in the canton of Saint-Tropez. It is located on the French Riviera, and it is known today for its famous and extremely wealthy summertime guests. It has been dubbed the ‘playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires’, and it is most-enduringly known as the place where the iconic Brigitte Bardot was “discovered” and for its role in the liberation of southern France during World War II. The inhabitants (around 6,000) of Saint-Tropez are called Tropéziens, and the town is familiarly called “St-Trop”.   read more…

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