an insider's account of what the French Riviera is really like
The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d Azur, is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe and ranks among the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.
Tourists travel here from all corners of the globe; business people, artists and retirees settle here to enjoy a superior quality of life.
My name is Andrew; I moved to the Côte d'Azur back in 1995 and I am still amazed by its beauty - which is why I do not intend to leave!
Why this website?
I have created this web site as a celebration of this region I call home.
You will find lots of practical information regarding holidays, cultural and musical events, but also about living, working and not working (retiring) on the Cote d'Azur.
Mostly however, this is my personal account of life on the French Riviera. There's many much more specialised websites that can give you all the detailed information you could possibly want - I am not competing with them! (I will provide links where relevant)
You will also find lots of pictures (all my own pictures, except where mentioned otherwise), showing off the beauty of this region.
Maybe you are coming for one of the famous jazz festivals, or you want to plan a holiday; or maybe you are looking for a better quality of life and want to move to the Cote d'Azur? Did you know that the French Riviera has a very large expatriate community?
Whatever you are looking for, you will find valuable tips and advice on this site.
You will discover scenic walks, perfect holiday spots, the best beaches and quality affordable restaurants.
As it has done for centuries, the beauty of this region will never cease to amaze and impress. The beauty of its landscapes, from the rugged mountain peaks in the Mercantour National Park down to the Coast of the Mediterranean Sea; the beauty of its sleepy medieval villages and its many arts museums. All of this basking in sunshine for over 300 days every year.
It is true, in summer it can be very busy close to the sea; but even then there are beaches to be found with fewer tourists; and of course, there is much much more to the Côte d Azur than just beaches!
References to other sites, providing loads of practical and official information about life on the Côte d'Azur, are also given.
I hope you enjoy these pages; in any case please do not hesitate to leave me any comments, questions or suggestions you may have.
Note 1: All photo's shown on this site are my own, unless indicated otherwise.
Note 2: This site is growing and more content is being added all the time!