I have traveled throughout Europe and always like to create journeys that are unique and offer authentic experiences of the countries I am visiting. One of the most important aspects for me when traveling is that I take some time and immerse myself in the local culture.
One of my favorite itineraries is a visit to the French Riviera also known as the Cote d’Azur. It is filled with charm, character and breathtaking landscapes.
For a stay at the Cote d’Azur I highly recommend the hotel La Perouse in Nice build on a cliff with the most beautiful views of the city and the Bay of Angels. This is the perfect base to discover the French Riviera. The old town of Nice is in walking distance and you can easily take a train to spend a day in Monaco or the ferry for a day trip to St. Tropez, which is also known as the playground for the rich and famous. St. Tropez however is much more than that. It’s a great place to go for a stroll around the harbor, enjoy a latte` in a cozy cafe or a nice meal in one of the many restaurants serving fresh seafood.
For me a journey to the Cote d’Azur cannot be without a visit to the beautiful Eze Village, from where you probably have some of the best views over the Mediterranean. When I visited Eze Village for the first time a few years ago it was because I had just watched the movie “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. One of the scenes is played here and I was inspired by the amazing views. I made my way to the village early one morning before any of the tourists had arrived yet which turned out to be one of my most memorable experiences I have had during my travels.
As I walked through the quaint pathways I ended up in a small church. A nun was doing her morning prayers and I decided to just sit there in silence. To this day I still remember the serenity of that moment and how overwhelmed with peace and joy I felt. The rest of my stay in Eze village I spend taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the amazing views over the shimmering Mediterranean Sea.
The Cote d’Azur is a wonderful destination if you are looking for a cultural experience, romantic getaway or enjoy the culinary delights of this area. It can also be combined with itineraries to the Provence, other parts of France or the beautiful villages of the Italian Riviera.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about possible itineraries or would like to know more about this exciting destination.
May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.