Notes and Pictures from the Côte d’Azur (5) – Menton

Menton

This series finishes in the last town along the Côte d’Azur, just a few kilometres from the Italian border. Menton is mainly known for its lemons and this can already give you an idea that this is not going to be a party hotspot. So if you’re looking for a quiet place to spend a day or so along the Côte d’Azur and like places that feel like time has...

Notes and Pictures from the Côte d’Azur (3) – Clouds over Cannes

Clouds over Cannes

Mid-September is a good time to visit the Côte d’Azur, if you want to avoid the crowds. The downside is that the weather can be quite unstable. It wasn’t exactly beach weather the afternoon we went to Cannes and this definitely coloured my impression of it. As we walked along the Allée des Etoiles and stood at the foot of the Palais de Festival, it was difficult to imagine that...

Notes and Pictures from the Côte d’Azur (2)

Museum of Oceanography, Monaco

A Day in Montecarlo – The day after I arrived in Nice was my birthday and, always eager to add another country to my list, we decided to spend the day in Montecarlo. Monaco is just a twenty minute train journey from Nice and a return ticket costs around 7 euros return at time of writing (2018). Montecarlo train station is located in the higher part of the city and...

A day around the Port of Marseille

After spending my first night in Marseille dancing tango, I set out the next day to explore one of the city’s main attractions: the Old Port. The area has been completely redesigned in recent years, ahead of Marseille being the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and it’s a great place to walk around. If you get there early, you can walk around the fish market. During the day, there...

Give Way to Penguins: Five stories from five days in northern Patagonia.

penguins and a petrified tree

A cautionary tale for those who would whale watch I had never seen a whale before and I knew one of the highlights was going to be a boat trip from the Peninsula Valdes. The photos I would take! It would be an unforgettable experience! Well, as it turned out, it was, but not quite the way I had imagined it. It started out OK; we arrived in Puerto Piramides...