Summer is finally here

Summer is here and with the temperature shooting skywards it is refreshing and relaxing to take a swim in a river, in one of the many beautiful spots the region has to offer for nature swimmers.

I went to my favourite haunt: the Sign river near Tanneron (drop me a line if you want to know the exact spot, we’ve got to keep it a secret!).

Siagne river, near Tanneron
Siagne river, near Tanneron
Siagne river, near Tanneron
Siagne river, near Tanneron

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An easy and beautiful coastal walk between Monaco and Menton

Between Monaco and the Menton, very close to the Italian border, lies Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
You can walk around the entire perimeter, enjoying beautiful views over the Mediterranean, and, in this case, on the city of Monaco.
The most recent time I did this walk was in late April; weather was a bit blustery, not too hot, so perfect weather for a relatively easy walk.
This walk takes about an hour, although you can go as slow as you like, soaking up the views, enjoying the panoramas as you go along.
On the western side you have splendid views of Monaco, on the easter side you’ll be able to see the city of Menton.

View east, with Menton across the water
An impressive view of Monaco
Several places have steps leading down to the water – be careful though when the sea is rough!

Winter storms: a different face of the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is mostly a very calm sea, with average wave and swell heights rarely exceeding 1m.

Sometimes however, swells can grow to 2-3 meter, sometimes more!

Today there was a 2.5m easterly swell, really impressive. I went to Cap d’Antibes, on the easter side to take some pictures, and then on to the Esterel, near Trayas, als very exposed.

Rough seas , Cap d’Antibes
Cap d’Antibes

Calanque d’Aurelle, Esterel

 

 

Autumn colours on the French Riviera

Below a few pictures I shot while on a Sunday morning walk a few days ago, near Coursegoules, not far from Greolières.

Recommended as a relatively easy walk (from the village of Coursegoules up to the “Col de Coursegoules”, from where you have a nice view on the Alps in the north, about 1 hour up hill); or for a picnic, or just to sit down, enjoy the views and warm October sunshine…