Port Grimaud on the French Riviera

8 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Hotels

© port-grimaud.fr

© port-grimaud.fr

Port Grimaud is part of Grimaud. It is located west of Saint-Tropez and south-east of Sainte-Maxime. This seaside town was created by architect François Spoerry in the 1960s based around the marshes of the river Giscle on the bay of Saint Tropez. Built with channels in a Venetian manner, but with French “Fishermans” style houses resembling those in Saint Tropez.   read more…

Theme Week French Riviera – Antibes, Cap d’Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Cap Ferrat

8 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Antibes and Cap d’Antibes

Antibes Panorama © Frits Hoogesteger

Antibes Panorama © Frits Hoogesteger

Antibes is a resort town in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It lies on the Mediterranean in the Côte d’Azur, located between Cannes and Nice. The town of Juan-les-Pins is within the commune of Antibes. The Sophia-Antipolis technology park is northeast of Antibes. Sport is an important part of the local culture; the town hosts the National Training Centre for basketball. On 25 May 1999 the town was the first in the départment to sign the State Environment Charter, which pledges to actively conserve the natural environment. There are 48 beaches along the 25 km of coastline that surround Antibes and Juan les Pins. The city of Antibes hosts seveal museums and sights.   read more…

Theme Week Provence

20 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Moustiers Sainte Marie © Nepomuk

Moustiers Sainte Marie © Nepomuk

Provence is a geographical region and historical province of southeastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône River on the west to the Italian border on the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the south. It largely corresponds with the modern administrative région of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and includes the départements of Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and parts of Alpes-Maritimes and Vaucluse. The Romans made the region into the first Roman province beyond the Alps and called it Provincia Romana, which evolved into the present name. It was ruled by the Counts of Provence from their capital in Aix-en-Provence until 1481, when it became a province of the Kings of France. While it has been part of France for more than five hundred years, it still retains a distinct cultural and linguistic identity, particularly in the interior of the region. The original Roman province was called Gallia Transalpina, then Gallia Narbonensis, or simply Provincia Nostra (‘Our Province’) or Provincia. It extended from the Alps to the Pyrenees and north to the Vaucluse, with its capital in Narbo Martius (present-day Narbonne). In the 1940s, Provence underwent a cultural renewal, with the founding of the Avignon Festival of theatre (1947), the reopening of the Cannes Film Festival (begun in 1939), and many other major events. With the building of new highways, particularly the Paris Marseille autoroute which opened in 1970, Provence became destination for mass tourism from all over Europe. Many Europeans, particularly from Britain, bought summer houses in Provence. The arrival of the TGV high-speed trains shortened the trip from Paris to Marseille to less than four hours. Most of Provence has a Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot, dry summers, mild winters, little snow, and abundant sunshine. Within Provence there are micro-climates and local variations, ranging from the Alpine climate inland from Nice to the continental climate in the northern Vaucluse. The winds of Provence are an important feature of the climate, particularly the mistral, a cold, dry wind which, especially in the winter, blows down the Rhône Valley to the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Var Departments, and often reaches over one hundred kilometres an hour.   read more…

Hyères in Southern France

11 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

La Tour des Templiers © RudolfSimon/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Tour des Templiers © RudolfSimon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hyères is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. Its position facing the Mediterranean to the south makes it a popular location for tourism in the winter, and facilitates the cultivation of palm trees; about 100,000 trees are exported from the area each year. As a result, the town is frequently referred to as Hyères-les-Palmiers (palmiers meaning palm trees).   read more…

Le Castellet in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region

29 April 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Town Hall © Pierre Bona/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall © Pierre Bona/cc-by-sa-3.0

Le Castellet is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It is mostly a small feudal village perched on a cliff edge.   read more…

Cavalaire-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur

6 February 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Bay of Cavalaire © Starus/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bay of Cavalaire © Starus/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cavalaire-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. Cavalaire has a marina with 1200 berths.   read more…

Sanary-sur-Mer on the southern French Mediterranean coast

13 December 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Patrick Verdier

© Patrick Verdier

Sanary-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It is located in coastal Provence on the Mediterranean Sea 13 km (8.1 mi) from Toulon and 49 km (30 mi) from Marseille. It can be reached from Paris by TGV train in less than 4 hours. In high season there are direct flights to nearby Toulon from London, Oslo, Brussels and Rotterdam.   read more…

Toulon in southern France

14 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Tall ships in the old port © SiefkinDR

Tall ships in the old port © SiefkinDR

Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence. It is the fourth-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice and Montpellier. Toulon is an important centre for naval construction, fishing, wine making, and the manufacture of aeronautical equipment, armaments, maps, paper, tobacco, printing, shoes, and electronic equipment. The military port of Toulon is the major naval centre on France’s Mediterranean coast, home of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and her battle group. The French Mediterranean Fleet is based in Toulon.   read more…

Theme Week French Riviera – Grasse and Menton

17 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Grasse

Parfurmerie Fragonard - Parfum Museum © Christophe.Finot

Parfurmerie Fragonard – Parfum Museum © Christophe.Finot

Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera. The town is considered as the world’s capital of perfume. It obtained two flowers in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris contest and was made “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” (town of art and history).   read more…

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