An inspiring GUEST POST by Diane Covington-Carter, author of ‘Finding Gilbert, a Promise Fulfilled’. Read about her story, her father, and her French adventures. The seeds of my passion for France began in my early childhood, but I didn’t know that then. My father landed in the Normandy Invasion, June 1944, and spent five months at the Navy camp on …Read More
Some of the most beautiful features of Arles are the Roman architectural buildings that still exist in the town today. It’s truly amazing to be able to walk amongst genuine, beautiful, Roman history, reaching back 2000 years into another age and culture. To touch a hand-carved stone crafted by an artisan two millennia ago brings with it an awe-inspiring wonderment …Read More
So, you find yourself in the City of Love, the home of Le Tour Eiffel, the most romantic place on Earth, and it would all be absolutely perfect except for one small, yet crucial, detail. It’s raining… It’s too wet to stay out and watch the Eiffel Tower light up at night, go on a romantic boat tour, or take …Read More
Imagine, one month on the Côte d’Azur! One of my most memorable visits to France was in 2013, when I experienced one whole month of full French-language immersion training at the Institut de Français in one of the most fabulous locations on the French Riviera. I studied at the school in Villefranche-sur-Mer. A true bucket-list dream. I had started a …Read More
I was first introduced to the idea of visiting Uzès by Jean-Marie of Our French Impressions. He was born in the area and lived much of his life in the local region, and his family continue to live there. At the time, I remember that I struggled repeatedly to even pronounce the name ‘Uzès’, or to find out much about …Read More
If you are visiting Villefranche and want to really spoil yourself, allow some time to visit one of the most spectacular villas on Cap Ferrat, Villa Kerylos. I had been visiting Villefranche every year for 4 years before I finally made the effort to walk across to Beaulieu-sur-Mer to see this remarkable Greek villa. I’m not sure why it took …Read More
My Stylish French Box first came to my attention a few months ago on a warm Sunday afternoon, surfing Instagram with a glass of wine and dreaming of France. I already follow Sharon Santoni on Instagram bien sûr, ever since I got a copy of ‘My Stylish French Girlfriends’ a few years ago from a thoughtful friend. I’m hooked. So, …Read More
Arles, centrally located to visit the Camargue region and southern Luberon. Fabulous markets, beautiful architecture, and ancient Roman Ruins. #secret A couple of months ago I began to plan my upcoming visit to France. Arles made it to the top of the list. As is often the case, I asked my Facebook community to recommend some beautiful places for me to …Read More
As I sit here at Dubai International Airport, waiting for my connecting flight to Nice, I thought (given that I have a 9-hour stopover) it might be a good time to discuss some of my personal tips for long-haul travel. Each time I make the pilgrimage to my beloved France, I come from Australia, so I think I’m probably as skilled as anyone might be in managing the 30+ hour flight from my country town – via Sydney – to Paris or Nice.Read More
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 perched hilltop village of Eze. This beautiful village dates back to the middle ages and clings impressively to the mountainside above the Mediterranean Sea, between St Jean Cap Ferrat and …Read More
10-day Tours to the French Riviera
Small-group Tours for Women staying at Villefranche sûr Mer on the Côte d'Azur
Stay in the *heart* of Villefranche sûr Mer. Discover the Côte d'Azur: the hilltop village of Èze, over-the-top Monaco, gentle Antibes, vieux Nice, artsy St Paul de Vence, and more. Lunch at Beaulieu sur Mer, visit Villa et Jardins de Rothschild and the divine Villa Kerylos, explore medieval Italy, and dine in any of the fabulous restaurants in Villefranche.
Go touring and experience those fabulous Mediterranean views, and have lunch in Italy. Breakfast at the celebrated Welcome Hotel, dine by the harbour, and relax in a beautiful apartment in the old town.