The Area

In this section, we try to provide a glimpse of the area we live in. Note our use of the word "glimpse" -- as in "visual"! Our emphasis is definitely on images. Other web sites and guide books already provide ample text notes on the places covered in this section. Do you have a favorite spot you would like to see included? Send us a request!

(entries appear in chronological order; those prefixed with an * are optimized for Retina displays)


Area Map

Showing our neck of the woods


* Valbonne

A few photographs of the village of Valbonne


* Le Château

Views of the "château" in Nice


* Eze-Village

One of the most beautiful villages of the Riviera


* Biot

Right around the corner from where we live


* Saint-Paul de Vence

Photos of one of the most visited villages in France


* Cannes

Strolling down the famous Croisette


* Roquebrune-Cap Martin

Featuring, among other things, a very old olive tree


* St-Tropez

This could well be the most famous of them all


* Tourrettes-sur-Loup

Home of the world's best croissants?


Sainte Agnès

The highest coastal village in Europe



The fancy part of Nice -- since Roman times


* Le Vieux Nice

The old part of Nice and the old market



The nearest town from where we live


* Peillon

A village that tourism hasn't discovered yet



Summer photos of the oldest ski resort in the area



This medieval village is a must-see


* Gourdon

In Queen Victoria's footsteps...


* Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Worth a visit whether one likes faïence or not



Finally! Photos of the principality at our doorstep


The Esterel

Photos of a wonderful hike through the Esterel


* Gorges du Verdon

Following the sentier du pêcheur


* Gorges du Loup

Hiking around this amazing Canyon


Pic de Courmettes

Or: The Twin Peaks Hike


* Montagne Sainte Victoire

The most spectacular hike yet


* Pic du Cap Roux

The best view from any Esterel peak



Cassis and its famous calanques


* Saint Barnabé

A huge plateau and a most elusive hamlet



Sixteen centuries of religious history


Nice by iPhone

A stroll without a camera... except the iPhone!


Aven & Plaine de Cavaillore

A hike and an unexpected rescue operation


The Cap d'Antibes

Walking along the western shore of this beautiful cape


Antibes Revisited

A few more recent photographs of this picturesque city


* 2010 Film Festival

Stroll along the Croisette during the Festival!


Le Suquet en fleurs

Checking out one of the newer festivals in Cannes



Long overdue page about this resort town



Photos from a visit to the larger of the Iles de Lérins


* Le Cannet

Better two decades late than never!


* Villefranche-sur-Mer

A winter visit to a seaside resort east of Nice


* Castellane

Climbing up to Notre Dame du Roc


* Thoronet Abbey

Visiting a nicely restored Cistercian Abbey


* Mougins

A long overdue visit to a neighboring village


* Peille

A village of Via Ferrata fame


* Tour de la Castre

A bird's-eye view of Cannes


* Aix-en-Provence

A long overdue visit to this beautiful place


* Menton

A visit to The Pearl of France


* Port Grimaud

Visiting The Venice of Provence


* Polygone Riviera

A shopping theme park right at our doorstep


* Auribeau-sur-Siagne

Sharing narrow footpaths with over 1,500 cyclists


* Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild's home on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat


* Mandelieu–La Napoule

Taking a boat trip to have lunch... and see a castle


* A day trip to Fréjus

Worth a visit for things other than its Roman heritage


* Two-Day Photo Shoot around Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Plateau of Valensole, Gorges of the Verdon, Lake Sainte-Croix...

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