Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cote-d'Azur - Jane Dunning

While Away Some Time in the South of France. Reading.

Bonjour from another Francophile! A guest post by Jane Dunning.

I’m not sure who is most passionate about France, All Things French’s Louise or me (Jane Dunning, author of 'Thirty-five Minutes to St Tropez' and 'Stolen Summer').

I might win the prize for the most stays in France, at over 100, but I am older and live much nearer!

Louise and I first met on Facebook a few years ago when I noticed her wonderful photos and could feel the warmth emanating from her posts. A couple of years ago, we booked into the same beautiful B&B near Carcassonne, not at the same time, of course, but it was a coincidence that we chose the same establishment from all of those out there – a sign of similar tastes, perhaps...

We’re also both mad about Villefranche-sur-Mer. I love it for its bustling quayside, the brightly coloured houses tumbling down the steep hillside into the sea, the stupendous views, and how it’s perfect for visiting tons of other places.

Cap Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer - Jane Dunning
CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF MY FIRST BOOK

I’d visited a few times, but decided to celebrate the relative success of my first book, and a significant birthday, by renting an apartment overlooking the gorgeous bay, sandy beach, and stunning Cap Ferrat. It was perfect – plenty to do in the town itself but easy to get to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat – even on foot! Nice, Cannes, and Monaco are a train ride away so it’s possible to have a great holiday without a car.

When I finished my second novel, I made a list of Facebook contacts whose followers might like to read my book. All Things French came near the top as my characters live in Provence and love a touch of luxury, which is one of Louise’s philosophies, too. If you read the book, however, you’ll find that my character, Cindy, hasn’t followed Louise’s guidelines for streamlining her holiday packing!

The main characters live on a working vineyard, thirty-five minutes inland from St Tropez, in a five en suite bedroom house called Mas des Glycines.

This set the scene for all the characters to be comfortably off. Others live in Monaco and on Cap d’Antibes – both expensive areas to reside.

My character's grand-daughter studies in Aix-en-Provence and has a holiday job at the deluxe Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo, and their grandson works on a superyacht. Luxury to the extreme!

Cindy, mentioned earlier, loves remodelling property, so there’s a touch of interior design in the story along with a gorgeous classic, Italian sports car, and several pages set in luxury hotels along the coast for one reason or another!

If you’re thinking it might be for you, my friend who critiqued the story remarked, ‘I enjoyed reading it, and it made me really want to be there – despite the fact that I’m not a posh frock/expensive hotel type of person!’.

35 Minutes From St Tropez. Jane Dunning

If you’d like to escape to Provence, click on the book's covers.

The Enchanting Village of Eze on the French Riviera.

If you haven’t been to Eze, it’s time it was on your list. One of my absolute favourite places to visit when I stay in Villefranche sur Mer is the …

Read More

French Theatre for English Speakers? Yes, it’s possible!

For such an international city, how is the night scene still so French-focused? You’ve probably seen it a million times: Parisians lined up, blocking the sidewalk outside a local theatre …

Read More

While Away Some Time in the South of France. Reading.

Bonjour from another Francophile! A guest post by Jane Dunning. I’m not sure who is most passionate about France, All Things French’s Louise or me (Jane Dunning, author of ‘Thirty-five …

Read More

Enjoy a Night Out Like a Local in Paris – The 14th Arrondissement.

Deep into the left bank of the River Seine, discover the meeting grounds of the unforgettable ‘Lost Generation’. Many writers, painters, sculptors, and actors, such as Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald and …

Read More

Dalida, une Garde-robe de la Ville à la Scène.

‘Dalida, her Wardrobe On and Off-Stage’ When I was in Paris, I had the considerable pleasure of seeing an exhibition of the extensive wardrobe of renowned singer Dalida, showing the …

Read More

Discover the Beautiful Château de Chantilly.

Experience a fairy-tale moment from your childhood dreaming. For travellers like myself, seeing any Châteaux in France is like stepping through the looking glass into an unreal world. Château de Chantilly is no …

Read More

Fall in Love with Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

  Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat One of the spectacular highlights of staying in Villefranche sur Mer is undoubtedly the experience of visiting the breathtaking Villa et Jardins …

Read More

Visit Villefranche, the Jewel of the Riviera.

Villefranche sur Mer… my home away from home. My first experience of actually staying in France was when I studied French at the Institut de Francais in Villefranche in October, …

Read More

Reading: French Women Don’t Sleep Alone.

My latest foray into ‘French women’ land is the book ‘French Women Don’t Sleep Alone’ by Jamie Cat Callan. It’s an interesting title which speaks more to crafting the opportunity for …

Read More

I’m a Hopeless Francophile in Love with France.

As I sit here to write shortly after my return from France, I am compelled to ask myself, ”What is a Francophile?’. ‘Why am I so drawn to this country?’. I am …

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *