Nice and Postcards from Provence

July 17, 2016

Nice FranceI have been spending so much time in Nice, Provence and on the French Riviera over the past few months for work that I’ve kind of been taking it for granted. In fact I was strolling along the Promenade des Anglais just three weeks ago, and I was at Nice airport on Tuesday. And then the events of Thursday night happened; a reminder that in the current climate we can’t take anything for granted, and that in these very troubled times not even somewhere as apparently carefree as the Côte d’Azur is safe.

window in Nice










It’s also, I think, a reminder that it’s always good to take time to appreciate the most simple things in life; I love Monaco and all the French Riviera, but away from the glitz and glamour, once you head into Provence, the pace becomes much slower, and there is so much to enjoy – the colours, the food, the sparkling Mediterranean. As a travel journalist and travel blogger the best thing I think we can do to cope with the fear of terrorism is to simply continue to travel everywhere we want to go, and make it clear that we won’t be defeated. So here are my postcards from Provence.




flowers Gordes FranceA delectable little town of terracotta loveliness which actually has an incredibly interesting history: the courageous local people here mounted a resistance against the Nazis during the Second World War.

Calades Gordes FranceThe calades – the little streets paved with stones – are enchanting.
































Cassis harbour FranceIt’s actually pronounced ‘Cassie’ (it’s not where the liqueur comes from) and Cassis is utterly charming, a little seaside village with a delightful harbour, gorgeous pastel-coloured buildings (the local people get paid to keep painting them and it makes you want to rush home and paint your own home vanilla or ochre) and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

table and chairs Cassis












There’s something pretty around every corner…

Cassis beach














…and there’s also a rather fab little beach.

view from Calanques National Park France














It’s definitely worth taking a trip to the nearby Calanques National Park, which has the most stunning views.

Le Vieux Port, Saint-Tropez














bicycle Saint-TropezSo glamorous of course but actually also incredibly pretty; away from the hub of le vieux port and harbour promenade, wander along the back streets and it’s also rather tranquil.

Window Saint-Tropez








No wonder so many artists have made it their home.

fruit and vegetables in Saint-Tropez














I think if I was going to settle on the French Riviera and I couldn’t afford to live in Monaco (let’s face it, highly unlikely unless I wanted to live in a studio apartment), then I would buy a place here.

bougainvillea Nice France





























Nothing will stop me from returning to Nice, Provence and the French Riviera. We owe it to the French people to give them our full support.

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  • Emma O'Reilly July 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Liz
    Well put and I totally agree. We cannot give in to terrorism and spend our lives hiding away. Who knows where terrorism will strike next? I do, however, think we need to make sure we are always alert and trust our gut instinct if we feel something is wrong.

  • Trish July 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful photos, Liz.
    I have very happy memories of a week staying in Nice a few years ago with the family. We were staying at the Palais de la Mediterranee and watched a parade from our balcony. It was terrible to watch and read about the awful events on that same street.