Coastal walking near La Garoupe beach, Cote d’Azur

Key Points Location Type of terrain Parking Refreshments Tips La Garoupe Beach is a good starting point for a coastal walk around Cap d’Antibes. We were recommended this walk by Richard and Anne our hosts at the  Vence cottage Don’t be put off by the long and winding roads that lead down to this area….it is […]

Promenading in Cagnes Sur Mer

Key Points Location Walking on the promenade Parking Things to see in Cagnes   Cagnes Sur Mer is a larger than you first think French Riviera town not far from Nice. It’s a great place to walk along a wide promenade for miles both east and west of the town. With just one euro for […]

The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Fifties Hanoi in Vietnam is experiencing troubling times with conflict between the French and the Vietminh. Nicole is half French and half Vietnamese so where should her loyalties lie? Let down (she feels) by both her father a rich silk merchant and her sister, Nicole is torn between Mark who appears to be in cahoots […]

Reasons to visit Grasse, South of France.

Key points Museum of perfume Other things to see in Grasse Say Grasse and most people think of perfume and certainly there are plenty of reminders of fragrance in this pretty historic town in the South of France. Arriving early it was easy to secure a parking place in one of several underground car parks. […]

House of Dreams by Fanny Blake

Hope is making her last journey – this time in a porcelain urn. Her family and friends are gathered in the woodland which borders her Spanish home aka The House of Dreams. ………And so Fanny Blake weaves a sunny story around a weekend when all that knew her come to say their goodbyes. Hope’s life has been […]