Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Off The Beaten Path

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Off The Beaten Path

  • In town

    Cannes Off The Beaten Path

    We hadn't planned our trip to Nice according to the schedule of the world famous Cannes Fílm Festival, we didn't even know what time of the year it is held! Again, like with Formula 1, we seemed to be lucky. When making the day-trip to Cannes we noticed the crowd and the rush on the car routes and started to wonder...until we saw all the...

  • Islands

    Cannes Off The Beaten Path

    The "Iles de Lerins" are two islands just off the coast of Cannes and a regular boat connection goes to both Ile Sainte-Marguarite as Ile Saint-Honorat. Both island are very worth while to go to in historical, cultural as well as spiritual sense (see my "Ile Saint-Honorat" page).

  • Outside Cannes

    Cannes Off The Beaten Path

    It was years before I discovered this most beautiful hidden gem just two miles north of Cannes. It takes a little effort to get there - but its worth it ten times over. Take a bus from Cannes centre to LeClerc Le Cannet (end of the line) and follow signs up for old Le Cannet. The highlight is the magical Place Bellevue and the rue Le Sauveur....

  • Carriéres de lumiéres, Les Baux de...

    wonderful artsy place in a historical building, ways to get here as I came by carRoute de Maillane 13520 Les Baux-de-ProvenceTél. : 04 90 54 47 37Email : message@carrieres-lumieres.comLes Carrières are 800 meters from the Château-des-Baux. Admission are 10€ adultshours are open every day from March 7 -31 10h-18h April 1er to Sept 30 9h30-19h...

  • Church Saint Laurent, Ollioules

    nice quaint town passing and just got curious on this Church back in 2009. Here are the photos found and share.You have a nice webpage in English with address and times, etc, here is my take on itHere in French the hours of masses etc from the parish site is a real provencal...

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild,St Jean Cap...

    I want to complement the tip on the villa Ephrussi de Rothschild exteriors with photos from the interior here.You have beautiful rooms from the Chinese to the porcelains, this is the property when i met my wife she works for the designer house in Paris who renovated and we still have the brochure of it!Some description of the Inside because its a...

  • Church Notre Dame d'Ormeaux, Gréoux

    a nice Church that we could not overlook while visiting the town's thermes circa 2007. The Church of Notre Dame d'Ormeaux at Gréoux les Bains. Some info I gather there.The church Notre-Dame-des-Ormeaux is a former Priory of the Abbey of Montmajour. The oldest parts of the Church dates from the 12-13C.The South aisle is dated from the 14C or 15C,...

  • thermes troglodytes celtic roman Gréoux...

    My wife came here several years ago after a car accident in the FL USA, and enjoy it, it is a tranquil place to get your body in shape, and very serene. Its a trip to get away from it all in wonderful surrounding in the Alpes de Haut Provence at Gréoux les Bains.Some its in English at the tourist office

  • Chapelle de l'Hospice, St Jean Cap...

    another nice historical building found picture during my trips in the area. This one has the peculiarity of been purchase by the chocolatier Meunier the parcel of land where a big black Virgen stood near the chapel since 1903. It was tranfered away by Meunier in 1937.A bit of history I likeAccording to tradition, and reported in the Historia...

  • Church Saint François de Sales ,Bandol

    another nice Church in my rounds of France,this one at Bandol, a nice wine region by the coast.It is at 67 Rue Didier Daurat, only about 500 meters from the train station. and near the port of Bandol.Easier still is behind the mayor's office or Mairie.It was built between 1747 and 1749, and was chosen as parish Church in 1751.It has one nave to...

  • Church Notre Dame de l'Assomption, Eze

    Passing by the beautiful towns of PACA, this Church was rebuilt in replacement of the previous which fell into ruin between 1764 and 1778. By the Act of transfer of the sum which belonged to the Council, we know that its construction was almost completed, but not fully. The prior of Eze, Charles-François Fighiera, asked the Bishop of Nice, Bishop...

  • Phare de la Garoupe, lighthouse Antibes

    a symbol of the city often overlook but not by a architecturally inclined eye with history genes.The Phare de la garoupe is a nice walk in town of AntibesThe phare de La Garoupe or Lighthouse sits at the top of the plateau of la Garoupe on cap d'Antibes peninsula, stands the lighthouse that rises to an altitude of 103 meters. The height of the...

  • Fort Carré, Antibes

    loving history and architecture even if passing by a town always impress with the beauty and number of them in France. This one is on the port,beach town of Antibes, and its open to the public.a bit of historyThe Fort Carré was built mid-16C under Henri II by Mr de Saint-Rémy. It has been slightly retouched end 17C under Louis XIV by Vauban. During...

  • Chateau de Gordes

    in one of the most beautiful villages of France, there is a castle too, of course. you get to it on Place Genty Pantaly in city center.Something nicely describe from the city page in EnglishThe castle which dominate the village, impress their stature upon the visitor, as if to protect Gordes'inhabitants and extend upon them their respective...

  • Municipal Theater of Orange

    a modern theater in an old town of orange.This one was open in 1885,by André-Jean Boudoy, a disciple of Charles Garnier (Opéra de Paris).The busts of Molière, Corneille and Félicien David are shown symbolising the comedy, tragedy and music.A bit of history I likeUnder the Revolution, the popular Commission sitting in Orange does draw the scaffold...

  • arch gate or arc de triomphe of Orange

    a wonderful remain of roman times in Orange.The arc de triomphe was built estimâtes from 20 and 25 AD, to commemorate the victory of Germanicus, and possibly renovated in 26/27AD,according to some dates on the monument.In the middle ages the monument was fortified to serve as a bastion to entered the town.The arc has three bases in big blocks of...

  • Quaint Villages of Provence

    If you think of quaint villages when you think of Provence, you are right. There is a beautiful village topping many of the mountains and hills, and more along the rivers and shore. Most are stunning. Some have changed little in the last couple hundred (or thousand) years, and others are so famous they are crowded with people and cars. Still, it's...

  • Abbeys in Provence

    The history of Provence goes way back so it includes a several abbeys. Three famous Cistercian Abbeys you may want to visit are the three sister abbeys, Senanque Abbey near Gordes and famous for nearby lavender fields in season, Silvacane Abbey near La Roque d'Antheron and Thoronet Abbey in Le Thoronet near Lorgues.Official Web Site of Abbaye Notre...

  • Casinos in Nice

    St Jean Cap Ferrat is very nice, and bus service available or a car, the best.Nice has casinos Barriere and Luhl bus 81 and site for bus info it helps

  • music concerts,events of music in PACA

    usually you need to go to each city to find this information or the tourist officeI have a site here that tells many ,and have it in PACA region the PACA tourist page with events info it helps

  • San Remo

    For a taste of Italy when visiting the French Riviera, head to San Remo. It is the largest town in Liguria west of Genoa and is only about 40 minutes by car from Nice. The city has a famous casino, good shopping, nice beaches and infinitely better cappuccino than on the French Riviera!For more, check out my San Remo page.


    I recently discovered a new way to travel - more fun, more relaxing, being at home in a home and much less expensive than hotels. And to top all those benefits I had my own private guide - one educated in the US, totally fluent in English, totally knowledgeable in the hidden treasures of his native Provence, and a delight to be with - not a guide...

  • Victor St LaCoste / La Sabranenque

    VSL is a beautiful village just north west (?) of Avignon. The whole "volunteer" vacation was off the beaten path. It was especially beautiful and interesting when our hosts took us hiking in the countryside.

  • The Massif de l'Esterel

    The Massif de l'Esterel, west of Cannes and east of St Raphael, isn't far from the beaches. In fact, in its stretch of 30 kms, its southern crests form a stunning balcony that overlooks beaches and coves carved in the range's red red porphyry lava rocks. Yet the Esterel is quiet, a gem of peace in the middle of a bustling region. You could hike all...

  • Picnicing in the Wilderness.

    We enjoyed a lovely picnic at a picnic area in the mountains. It seemed like we were in the middle of nowhere as we didn't see or hear another soul the whole time we were there, even though it was peak season.It helps to have a decent road map with the route numbers in it. The spot can be found by driving inland from Nice (and Monaco), towards...

  • Explore a Village Deserted Over a...

    Oppede le Vieux ia a deserted village. It has been empty for over 100 years now. The townsfolk moved their village down onto the plain below but the old village with all its buildngs remains standing on the hill above. The village is like a ghost town, with many ruined buildings to explore, most of them completely intact. Watch your footing on the...

  • River swimming.

    Another great swimming spot we found was in a river near the town of Colmars, inland.If driving towards Colmars from the direction of St-Andre-les-Alpes, the swimming hole is found on the D908 road very near where it joins the D52 road. This is near the towns of le Coulet des Fourches and Thorame-Haute. The swimming hole is situated in a river off...

  • An unusual place to swim.

    Th coast road between St-Raphael and Cannes is rugged and beautiful and there are many amazing viewpoints. If driving from St-Raphael towards Cannes, keep an eye out for a set of steps leading down the cliff face and a beach far below the cliffs. There is a small place to park your car on the roadside. Take care crossing the road as it is a main...

  • Watch the sunset with pizza and beer.

    East of Toulon below Hyeres is a peninsular called the Giens peninsular. It is well worth a drive down to the end to watch the sunset. The area is sparsely populated with houses and pine tree forests cover most of the peninsular. There is also an inland salt flat area where many birds migrate to. Sometimes you can see flamingos there.We picked up...


    This lovely three-arched bridge is in excellent condition and is in use today as a road (and cycling) bridge on the D149 (connecting the main Apt-Cavaillon road with Bonnieux and Lacoste). The Pont Julien was on the main route from Cisalpine (northern Italy) to Transalpine Gaul (Provence) that followed the Durance valley for much of the way....


    I don't have much to say about the town of Apt - one of the largest in the Luberon area of Provence. There wasn't much there. :-) It was handy for getting to the N100 which led to most places we wanted to visit during our stay. There was some humour in the wall painting I spied and the shops were fun to browse for a few hours.


    Beaumes de Venise is a charming village which always seems to be a lunchstop for me. It's near the wine areas of Seguret and Gigondas. I found the best souvenir shop there of all my travels in Provence and loaded up with soaps, lavender and other goodies. The charming owner spoke English and was a treat to do business with.


    Fontaine de Vaucluse The Sorgue river appears to start here - through a dramatic hole in a cliff. Petrach had holidays close by - he was attracted to the beautiful landscapes and this scenic wonder. Nearby is the town of Isle-sur-Sorgue - a famous market town.I always see to be here when the water is barely visible at the cliff, but Andrew went...


    Vaison la Romaine is another town with ties to the Roman past. The Roman built bridge has withstood storms that knocked down much more modern structures!The Roman ruins here are not free but easily seen from the streets. There are lots of cafes at the main square plus many shops for buying souvenirs.

  • COLOURS... [II]

    Today a "classic" shot from picturesque Roussillon, in the Luberon. The little village quite unique and extremely photogenic because of the surrounding ochre cliffs. The colored earth has been used for ages for pottery and paint pigments. Today most of the buildings in the village are made from colored local stones, or painted in ochre colors, or...


    Abbaye De Michel De Frigolet - near Barbentane by the D35E - Once home to the monks of Montmajour who came here for the 'cure.' It's a peaceful stop and a place to contemplate.


    Les BoriesSouth of Gordes off the D2 is this large collection of dry stone huts. They have domed ceilings and look Neolithic, although none is older than the 1600's.

  • those little surprises

    You arrive in a town knowing a little background, having maybe a list of what you want to see. What always surprises me is turning to look down a nameless street and feeling your breath taken away. The special little crooked surprise is in Vence.

  • Fetes medieval!

    On july and august, in Cote D'Azur and Provence there are many medieval meetings. It's an opportunity to see some good street re-evocation of old times and to learn lot about the Middle-Age...Check websites before you travel and don't miss it!

  • L'Abbaye de Senanque

    .Français: L'Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque a été fondée au XIIème siècle.Aux pieds des bâtiments poussent des champs de lavande , qui fleurissent au début de l'été et seront ramassés en juillet/août.= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = English: The Cistercian Abbey Notre-Dame-de-Sénanque was founded in the 12th...

  • COLOURS... [I]

    . FRANÇAIS: Si vous aimez les couleurs des Vins Rouges , Blancs & Rosés dans votre verre... Allez, à l'automne, après les vendanges, aussi admirer les cuivres et mordorés des vignes sur les collines de la Provence... . ENGLISH: If you like Red, White & Rosé Wines in your glass... Go, in Autumn, after grape picking, in the hills of...

  • Mougins

    This little town north of Cannes is relatively unknown to the tourist masses. Well, we were there on a rainy day so it might have helped. Anyway, it's built on a hilltop and the old buildings are worth a detour if you're in the neighbourhood.

  • The beach of Cassis is small,...

    The beach of Cassis is small, but nice... don't miss a walk in the Calanques... wonderful beaches...

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