Cinque Terre -5 (Magic) Lands

– Posted in: Italy

What can I say that hasn't been said before about this beautiful part of the world? The Cinque Terre has always been high on my bucket list and I've finally managed to experience it. Cinque Terre means "Five Lands" and is on the north west coast of Italy and part of the Italian Riviera. Five… Read More

In and Around the Verdon

– Posted in: France

Yesterday was our second visit to the Verdon Gorge. It's only a 40 minute drive from Cotignac, where we're presently living and it is spectacular. The Verdon River which was named for it's gorgeous verdant bright green water is the reason for the gorge's existence. The river has cut a ravine through the limestone mass… Read More

Day Trip to Grasse

– Posted in: France

We took the back roads to Grasse not sure what we'd find along the way. Grasse is the perfume capital of the world; 15 kms north of the city of Cannes. The road was often hilly and windy and the further we travelled the greener the landscape became. It's always tempting to detour into little… Read More

A Concert in a 12th Century Abbey

– Posted in: France

We went to a concert at le Thoronet Abbey the other night, featuring Gabriel Fumet, a distinguished French flautist playing Mozart. It wasn’t the programme we were keen to hear; we didn’t want to miss the chance to experience the acoustics of this 12th century Abbey. Locals had told us that le Thoronet Abbey has… Read More

1 Month in Provence

– Posted in: France

Off to Europe I go for 3 months, with the first month spent in the Provence region of south west France. I've been to Europe a few times but it's always been a quick trip of 2 or 3 weeks; never staying in one place long enough. This time, the plan is to "hang out"… Read More