Wine tasting in Bellet, Nice

One of the greatest advantages of living in the Southern France is to be surrounded by many different types of wines that are certified of origin. In French, it’s called AOC and it stands for Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée which indicates the authenticity of any product that bears these initials – which can be anything from potatoes to cheese….

La tourte de blettes: A traditional pie from Nice

Before I tell you about this recipe from Nice, France, I will start with where I got the idea from as I can’t leave out mentioning this wonderful restaurant. When I had my friends from Russia visiting me this past summer, one day they came home with the news that they found a restaurant called…

Arrière-pays: Saint-Martin-Vésubie

Since I started to live in Nice I always wanted to see the mountain villages and the landscapes of the hinterland or arrière-pays as they call it in French. If you have some time to spare wandering around in Southern France than just passing your time on those beautiful beaches that smell suntan lotion during…

A land with more sheep than people: Sardinia

Day 1, Arrival to Olbia, Train trip to Cagliari Is there anyone who’s from Olbia? No one? Good. Because, honestly, I was a bit disappointed by this town. It’s probably not the prettiest thing to see as the first thing on this beautiful island. And speaking of this beautiful island, one pitfall that you should avoid:…

A weekend meetup: Genoa and Portofino

Day 1, Genoa When I heard a very good friend was going to Southern Italy to learn Italian for a month I was quite excited to meet her somewhere in Italy. Even though I failed to go all the way to the south we managed to meet in Genoa for a weekend. I arrived in…

Wandering for the viewpoints: Le Col d’Èze and La Turbie

Since I started to live in Southern France, I developed a particular taste for high altitude places like mountain villages, and of course, their viewpoints. When a family friend came to visit Nice, I could think of nowhere but Le Col d’Èze to amaze her with the beauty of this place and its landscapes. Before arriving…

La Ciotat

Day 1 We thought La Ciotat would be a peaceful place to spend the weekend and it was exactly what we were looking for. Even though its proximity to the second biggest city in France, Marseille, didn’t let us be the only ones who thought about it, it still wasn’t that crowded with weekend holidaymakers….