Many of the traboules in Lyon, or covered walkways that criss-cross through inner courtyards, are just that – walkways, or passages from street to street. They are historical, and interesting, and make you feel like you know a city you’re just visiting. But some of the traboules are destinations in and of themselves – which is why shopping Lyon’s Passage Thiaffait is vacation multi-tasking at its most fun!
When you think of Nice, the unofficial capital of the French Riviera, you think of the beach – and rightly so. A lot of daily life is lived on the beaches of Nice, all year round. But there’s so much more to Nice than the beach! Let’s take a look at just how versatile a destination it is.
While many visitors to Provence head to Arles or Avignon to use as a base from which to explore the region, Aix-en-Provence shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s a navigable, pedestrian-friendly city, and has good connections to many of the most popular sites to see. And day trips from Aix-en-Provence are a snap! Here are our favorites.
While the sights in Nice can be reached on foot or with the tram, there’s something about the easy-breezy feel of the city, as well as its long, wide Promenade des Anglais, that is practically begging the visitor to see Nice by bike.
There is one word for the French Riviera in autumn: glorious. After a busy summer of foreign tourists, and an even busier August with French people looking for their place in the sun, the moment September hits it’s like the entire coast breathes a sigh of relief.
At first, seeing Marseille by bike may seem daunting. It’s a big city, and a hilly one, and you’re on vacation! You didn’t come to France to exercise! But with the spreading popularity of electric bikes, tours have become more doable, covering more ground than ever without breaking a sweat. Let’s take a look at two tours that are made even better with electric bikes!
The Cannes Film Festival is world-famous, and rightly so. The hottest stars, the newest movies and the glamour of the French Riviera combine to make it second only to the Oscars in the world of entertainment events. Does this mean there is any hope for us mere mortals who happen to be visiting Cannes during the festival? For example – can you go to the Cannes Film Festival? Yes, you. Haven’t you always wondered?
Many travelers get discouraged when trying to plan a day trip to Saint Tropez during a French Riviera vacation. Unlike many of the popular coastal towns there is no train station, and the one road going in and out inspires visions of endless traffic jams. So it’s even less likely that you’ve considered a Saint Tropez day trip from Nice. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s not only doable – it’s fun!
As the saying goes, “If you want to see the best Roman ruins, go to France.” And an argument could be made for this! Roman ruins in Provence abound, and you could easily make it a theme of your southern France vacation. Here are some ideas.
There is much to see and do on the French Riviera, from Roman ruins to hiking to relaxing at a beachside cafe. But seeing the Côte d’Azur from the sea is a must for a unique experience that gives you a sense of just how spectacular the coastline is.