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Paul Carter -
France Specialist- Pershore & Evesham,
01386 554262 or 01386 41474
Oh la la, la belle France so diverse yet so French. From the streets of Paris to the beaches of the Cote d’Azure all make France a wonderful experience and truly great holiday destination. There foods not bad either, come and talk to me and let me find the perfect France for you.
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Cote d'Azur overview
The Cote d’Azur boasts European glitz, Hollywood glamour and opulent luxury rivaled by very few places on earth. Famous for the hedonism of Monaco, the beauty of Nice and the star-studded Cannes Film Festival it is easy to forget that the Riviera is but minutes from quintessential French rural living.
Nice has it all. An exceptional location, a stunning waterfront, a wonderful year-round climate and a beguiling mix of old world money and luxury combined with the ethnic diversity of a modern European city. You can spend hours strolling the labyrinthine lanes of the old town, meandering along the palmlined sunset-perfect Promenade des Anglais, ambling down to the pretty Port Lympia or crossing the impressive new Place Massena, against a backdrop of the Baroque, Belle Epoque and Neoclassical facades of some of France’s finest architectural treasures. Beach-lovers, unsettled by the large flat stones and pebbles of the beaches, will appreciate the layer of sand that some hotels have added to their private beachfronts.
Having scarcely changed since the early 18th century, Nice’s old town offers tiny lanes crammed with designer boutiques, antique shops, exquisite delis, bars and restaurants. The Parc du Chateau overlooking the Baie des Anges offers a spectacular vantage point. Not much is left of its ruined castle besides its crumbling walls, but the climb up is well worth the view. Follow the Colline du Chateau down to the pretty Venetian Port Lympia. A stroll along its quays is particularly charming.
Markets of all kinds from flowers, fruit, vegetables and fish to antiques, play a huge part in the day to day life of Nice. Many of these purchases translate, later in the day, into gastronomy, which even in a country renowned for its cuisine, is difficult to better. Followers of 20th century art will delight in the galleries dedicated to Matisse and Chagall, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art with its open-air roof terraces offering one of the city’s best panoramas.
Once a small fishing village, Cannes is now a glamorous and expensive seaside resort and one of the social hubs of Europe. Its moment to shine arrives in May as the Film Festival entertains the rich and famous.
Although its wealth, glamour, casinos and high end clubs and restaurants, lend Cannes a feeling of unattainable exclusivity, it does boast less flamboyant alternatives. There is the beauty and architecture of the old quarter, Le Suquet, with its cobbled streets and breathtaking views. Forville Market offers spectacular eating experiences, and there’s always opportunities to sit at street side tables to people watch those promenading around the marina. What’s more it costs very little to enjoy the art deco architecture of the seafront palaces of La Croisette.
Saint Paul de Vence is a perfectly preserved medieval village perched on a hillside several kilometers from the Mediterranean. The village became an important centre for art in the early 20th century and remains home to countless galleries and studios. Wandering the streets of the village is the best way to see everything this charming village has to offer. La Colombe d'Or offers wonderful cuisine in a setting unlike any other. As you dine, you will notice that the walls are covered with the paintings of artists such as Matisse and Picasso who in the earlier 20th century were offered room and board in exchange for their art.
Have a browse of a small collection of hotels.....there are many many more we are able to book, just drop us an email and we are more than happy to check them out for you!