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Lots going on. Even if these events are not to your taste, it’s worth knowing about them so you can steer clear of traffic and crowds if need be!  We once set off for Arles and met police road-blocks – we hadn’t realised there was a feria taking place: not the best day for a peaceful walk around the old town!  Here are some events to enjoy or avoid as the mood takes you… (more…)

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beach at cannes(1)We were in Cannes last week and as usual I was enchanted by the blue sea, brightly striped umbrellas on the beach and exotic palm trees lining the Croisette.  Still I prefer Aix…couldn’t cope with the Riviera traffic.  But it’s an interesting area and this week there are two documentaries on TV dealing with it.

‘Cote d’Azur: les dessous d’une cash machine‘  (yes that’s the title) focuses on the beaches.  There are, it says, 10m visitors a year to what is one of the world’s top destinations, and the plagistes and restauranteurs have to make their money during July and August. Their story. They also explain how the businesses are allowed to fence off what were public beaches.  Channel 8, Wednesday 11th June, 20:50hrs.

Cote d’Azur: l’échappée bleue: more of a travelogue.  It is a tour of  Porquerolles, the presqu’ile de Giens, St Tropez, vieux Nice and Monaco.  This is the way to travel – a glass of wine, a comfy sofa and avoid all that traffic!  France 5, Saturday 14th June 20.35hrs.

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