Étang de Berre in Southern France

6 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Mirmas-le-Vieux © Mathieu BROSSAIS/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mirmas-le-Vieux © Mathieu BROSSAIS/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Étang de Berre is a brackish water lagoon on the Mediterranean coast of France, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) north-west of Marseille. The Marseille Provence Airport is located in the southeast portion of the Étang de Berre, with its main runway extending into the water on reclaimed land.   read more…

Aix-Marseille University

7 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II in Marseille © Georges Seguin/cc-by-sa-3.0

University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II in Marseille © Georges Seguin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Aix-Marseille University (AMU; French: Aix-Marseille Université; formally incorporated as Université d’Aix-Marseille) is a public research university located in the Provence region of southern France. It was founded in 1409 when Louis II of Anjou, Count of Provence, petitioned the Pisan Antipope Alexander V to establish the University of Provence, making it one of the oldest university-level institutions in France. The institution came into its current form following a reunification of the University of Provence, the University of the Mediterranean and Paul Cézanne University. The reunification became effective on 1 January 2012, resulting in the creation of the largest university in the French-speaking world, with about 80,000 students. AMU has the largest budget of any academic institution in the Francophone world, standing at €750 million. It is consistently ranked among the top 200 universities in the world and is ranked within the top 5 universities in France according to ARWU, USNWR, and CWTS.   read more…

Porquerolles on the French Riviera

23 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Espirat/cc-by-sa-4.0

Porquerolles, also known as the Île de Porquerolles, is an island in the Îles d’Hyères, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. Its land area is 1,254 hectares (12.54 km²; 4.84 sq mi) and in 2004 its population was about 200. Since 2010, the island also hosts a jazz festival each summer (“Jazz à Porquerolles”).   read more…

Gordes in the Provence

26 November 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Gordes (Occitan: Gòrda) is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. The territory of Gordes occupies some of “Les Monts de Vaucluse“, a group of mountains and hills, part in the valley of the Calavon (a local river) also called the “Luberon Valley”. Gordes is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“the most beautiful villages of France”).   read more…

Tende in France

22 April 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© panoramio.com – villlamania/cc-by-3.0

Tende is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Tende is located within Mercantour National Park in the French Alps. The mountainous commune is bordered by Italy to the north, with the boundary determined by the watershed line between the two countries. This line of mountain tops contains more than 20 summits exceeding 2,000 meters (6,600 feet).   read more…

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera

5 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Myosotismail/cc-by-sa-3.0

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. The name was changed from Roquebrune to differentiate the town from Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the neighboring Var department.   read more…

Le Lavandou on the Côte d’Azur Varoise

1 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera Reading Time:  5 minutes

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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…

Port-Cros National Park on the French Riviera

15 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Environment, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  5 minutes

Port-Cros © Richard Gertis/cc-by-sa-2.5

Port-Cros © Richard Gertis/cc-by-sa-2.5

Port-Cros National Park (French: Parc national de Port-Cros) is a French national park established on the Mediterranean island of Port-Cros, east of Toulon and Hyères. The area around the islands of Porquerolles, Port-Cros, Île du Levant and others, is located ten kilometers off the French Riviera. It also administers natural areas in some surrounding locales.   read more…

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes

3 June 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, French Riviera, Hotels Reading Time:  7 minutes

Sea water pool © John Jason Junior/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sea water pool © John Jason Junior/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is a resort hotel in Antibes on the French Riviera. Built in 1869 as a private mansion, it opened as a hotel in 1887. Rudolf August Oetker, a German industrialist, and his wife Maja von Malaisé first spotted the mansion while sailing on the Côte d’Azur in 1964; they bought the hotel five years later. For many years the hotel did not accept credit cards. Cash only was accepted, though most guests wired money ahead of their stay. In 2006 this policy was dropped.   read more…

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