Carnival of Nice

The Carnival of Nice: The King arrives (2/8)

By Stephanie Sommers The King arrived at 9 pm on Friday. By then it had become apparent when I asked various Niçois what happens on...

The Riviera, American Style

Key figures about the American presence on the Riviera according to a study by tourist officials show that the percentage of visitors from the U.S. has decreased significantly over the past 25 years but that Americans still like it, they really like it.

Barefoot by the Mediterranean: Sun, Rocks, Water

Va-nu-pieds, the Barefoot Photographer, returns to us from the south of France after feeling the sun, the rocks and the water of the Riviera with...

Market Day in France: The Southeast, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

From the bulls in the Camargue to the olive trees of Provence, from the vineyards of the Rhone Valley to the lemon trees of Menton and from the fig trees of Solliès to the apple orchards of Haute Durance, the agriculture of southeast France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) offers a variety of stunning landscapes and notable products to travelers in search of local and regional gastronomy.
Carnival Nice parade

Feeling the pulse of Nice as the stage gets set for France’s largest Carnival...

By Stephanie Sommer Before I moved to Nice to study French and look for work, I had been warned by friends in nearby Provence that...

Miss Mimosa and the Big Wheel Over Paris

An encounter with Phileas Fogg in Paris on his way the winter festivities on the Riviera: Mandelieu's Mimosa Festival, Nice's Carnaval, Menton's Lemon Festival.

La Ciotat: A Splash of Reality on the Riviera

Corinne LaBalme forgoes the Saint Tropez glitz-krieg and heads for the refreshingly quirky (and under-hyped) port of La Ciotat to enjoy great food, unspoiled beaches and affordable prices in one of the all-too-rare Mediterranean enclaves that's escaped paparazzi pollution.

Making Peace with Bouillabaisse in Marseille

By James d'Entremont I recently returned to Marseille for the first time in over four decades, and came away wondering how I could have waited so...
Carnival Nice

The burning of the King and the end of Carnival (8/8)

By Stephanie Sommers Back safely in Nice, I again turned my attention to the Carnival, which came to an end on Sunday night. The burning...

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Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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