Nice’s British Influence

Nice’s British Influence

Nice, the unofficial capital of the French Riviera, is undeniably French. From the top of Castle Hill to the Art Deco architecture by the sea, this beachfront city is the veritable definition of South of France-style glamour. But did you know that Nice’s British influence still reigns over the city?

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July 23, 2014 by
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Island of The Château d’If, Marseille

The Château d’If

The Château d’If may indeed look like a castle, but it never housed royalty like its sisters in the Loire Valley. Instead, King Francis I commissioned the building of the château in order to defend the city of Marseille in the early 16th century. It actually never saw battle, and later became a prison.

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July 9, 2014 by
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The Best Districts in Lyon

The Best Districts in Lyon

Much like Paris, the city of Lyon is divided into numbered arrondissements, or districts. But where Parisian arrondissements unfurl from the city center in a conch shape, there is no such order in Lyon! However, once you know the best districts in Lyon to stay and play in, you’ll feel just like a local.

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July 9, 2014 by
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Festivals & Events in Aix-en-Provence

Festivals & Events in Aix-en-Provence. Photo courtesy of Andrea Schaffer on Flickr

If there’s one sure thing in the South of France, it’s that there’s always something happening. And with its dedication to the nurturing of the arts, that goes doubles when it comes to events in Aix-en-Provence. Here are the highlights of the average yearly calendar.

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July 2, 2014 by
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Walking and Hiking from Nice

Hiking from Nice yields fantastic surprises. Photo courtesy of Mark Fischer on Flickr

With fair weather all year round and plenty of natural beauty at every turn, walking and hiking from Nice is a favorite pastime of locals and visitors alike. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular trails and routes so you can plan your next outdoor adventure!

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June 25, 2014 by
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Museums in Lyon

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbéra on Flickr

Mention Lyon to any fairly well-traveled person, and they’ll talk about the food there. But for locals and their French compatriots, the museums in Lyon are just as noteworthy as the gastronomy.

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June 11, 2014 by
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3 Must-Visit Places in the South of France

Aix-en-Provence. Photo courtesy of Miguel on Flickr

People will often say they want to visit the “South of France,” but guess what? The South of France is a big place, with a lot of choices for all kinds of vacation-goers. How do you narrow it down? Well, here’s a start – these are three must-visit places in the South of France!

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June 11, 2014 by
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Walking and Hiking Trails Near Avignon

Walking and Hiking Trails Near Avignon. Photo courtesy of Philip Larson on Flickr

While Avignon itself is full of history and culture, there is also plenty for lovers of the outdoors as well. There are many walking and hiking trails Near Avignon thanks to France’s excellent Grande Randonnée (GR) network of paths, and they’re well noted and organized for every level of ability. Here are a few of our favorites.

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June 4, 2014 by
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The Calanques of Marseille

The Calanques of Marseille: Calanque de Sormiou. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Menj on Flickr

With so much to see and do in Marseille, visitors can be forgiven for thinking that it’s going to be a “big city” trip. And to a certain extent, that’s true. But you can’t get a true sense of how the locals live in the second-largest city in France without a visit to the calanques of Marseille.

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May 28, 2014 by
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Italian Influences in Nice

Giuseppe Garibaldi – Italian general. Photo courtesy of swamp dragon on Flickr

Anyone who has visited Italy will notice a definite Italian vibe in Nice mixed in with all that French. And, it’s no wonder there are Italian influences in Nice; it was a part of both countries in a seemingly unending struggle, only to become a part of France officially, and permanently, in 1860.

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May 14, 2014 by
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