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...

Street food in Nice–the socca party (5/8)

While Nice is holding its Carnival the pretty Riviera town of Menton, on the other side of Monaco, is holding its Lemon Festival. I went to the Citron festivities on Friday night but I’ll write about that later this week because I want now to tell about a rather gorgeous Sunday I passed in Nice’s Carnival epicenter.
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...

Côte d’Azur Card Opens Doors Along the Riviera

Discovering the pleasures and treasures of the Riviera has always required a series of can’t-go-wrong choices. The choices remain rich, even difficult, but the ease of acting on them has just gotten simpler thanks to a new culture and activities pass that allows visitors access to a great variety of museums, tours, events, gardens, activities and tastings, all included with the purchase of the Cote d’Azur Card.

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.

A Whiff of Napoleon in Victory and in Defeat

June 18, 2015—Two hundred years ago today Napoleon I (Bonaparte) was defeated at Waterloo. For much of the world (except perhaps for the British) Waterloo speaks far more about the fall of Napoleon and of France’s ambitions in Europe under his leadership than it does of the victory of the forces allied against him and against France.
Carnival parade Menton

Riding the post-lemon train from Menton (7/8)

By Stephanie Sommers Another night in Menton; another great meal. Thursday my friends and I went to Menton’s night parade and fireworks display, the last...

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.
Carnival parade Menton

Catching the Spirit of Nice’s Winter Carnival and Menton’s Lemon Festival

Stephanie Sommers catches the spirit, the spectacle, the excitement, and the humor of the king of French Carnival celebrations in Nice and its pucker-lipped...

Private Paris & France Tours

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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