Manarola, The Cinque Terre

Why is Italy so beautiful? In particular the picture postcard perfect Italian Riveira and notably The Cinque Terre. Five villages perched precariously and dangling to the elements of the Mediterranean sea. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are the famous five and best reached by train. There are various hiking routes between villages (maybe nextContinue reading “Manarola, The Cinque Terre”

Marseille

Marseille is a port city in France in the Mediterranean. It has an industrial but cosmopolitan feel and a diverse cultural scene. Perfect for a weekend away Starting at the Vieux port or ‘Old Port’, it has been the hub of life for over 2000 years. The marina is full of small fishing boats andContinue reading “Marseille”

Gibraltar

Its peculiar to be a zebra crossing away from Spain but Gibraltar is a self-governing British colony, so if you are traveling there from Spain, you must have a passport. Lots of things to remind you of old blighty too, such as these British institutions below  The Rock of Gibraltar The Rock, is a 426 m high monolithic limestone nature reserve,Continue reading “Gibraltar”

Côte d’Azur – Monaco and Eze

A day trip galavanting along the French Riviera towards Monaco. Looking out across the glittering Mediterranean twenty kilometres east of Nice is the municipality of Monaco. The second smallest independent state after the Vatican but no less ostentatious.  An area favoured by the world’s glitterati.   First a stop to Fragonard a perfume and soap factory. SinceContinue reading “Côte d’Azur – Monaco and Eze”

Cote d’Azur – Cannes

Day in Cannes by train for a change of scene. Its only about 5 euros and takes about 40 minutes relaxing at the views of the coast.  Not much planned except have a wander and take in the vibe The splendid La Croisette promenade.  The perfect platform for watching the world.  walk from end ofContinue reading “Cote d’Azur – Cannes”