Nice, Cote d’Azur — Real Nice


At the end of my two-week journey through France, my one and only regret about Nice is that I didn’t have more time there.

Arguably the most famous seaside city along France’s Côte d’Azur, this is the kind of place to hang out for at least three days. You need to let it wash over you, like the Mediterranean washes the rocky shore. 

Or like a tired traveler leaning all the way back in a café chair, sipping a cocktail and staring off at the horizon. 

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Up in the Mountains of the Cote d’Azur

The ancient fortress town of Gourdon, in the mountains of France’s Cote d’Azur

It was late spring on my first journey to the French Riviera, and adventure beckoned. 

Fortunately, adventure also brought along a mini-van. 

Climbing aboard and taking a private, small-group spin around the romantic mountain towns and glittering coastline of France’s Côte d’Azur with Kensington Tours proved to be just the experience I’d hoped for:

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Off to France, Italy and Croatia

Le Petit Hôpital near Avignon, France, one of my (delightful) European destinations


Bon voyage — to me!

I’m off to Europe for a month, and to say I’m excited would be a hilarious understatement.

This trip will take me to France for two weeks, Italy for eight days and Croatia for nine days.

This is the longest trip I’ve taken since about 1985 — and here’s how it’ll all play out:

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