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Exploring the Contemporary Art Scene in Arles


Exploring the Contemporary Art Scene in Arles Arles’s contemporary art scene is a new reason visitors flock to the city. One of my favorite Uzès-based British artists, Gilly Beal, visits Arles and shares her impressions of the artistic renaissance and the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Arles. Arles: Beyond Van Gogh Nestled amidst the inspiring […]

Carnaval in Nice: A Birthday Bash With History, Costumes, and Pizzazz!

There’s nothing like going to Nice for your birthday and finding out there’s a party going on! Welcome to the World of Carnaval in Nice Nice is where centuries-old architecture and traditions blend seamlessly with modern-day attractions to create an unforgettable French Riviera city. It has been one of my favorite places to visit since […]

Memories Tour “A List”: Antibes, Aix, and Arles

It’s not a coincidence that the South of France Memories Tour would visit Antibes, Aix, and Arles straight in a row. They are definitely A-list tourist spots in the south of France. A-List Tourist Spots South of France: Antibes You know by now that Antibes is one of my favorite places to visit on the […]

Hills of the Côte d’Azur: Memories Tour Day 4

hills of the côte d’Azur

When Nice was in its infancy, the hills of the Côte d’Azur were where the poor people lived. The mountainous area with sharp cliffs was remote and without water. Today, judging by the opulence of the towns that have sprung up, we wish we could be so lucky to live there. Hills of the Côte […]

Côte d’Azur Shopping Spree: Memories Tour Day 3

Côte d’azur Shopping spree

When twenty ladies gather together, you know they’re going to shop. It’s only natural. That’s why the South of France Memories Tour, with best-selling author Patricia Sands and the Barefoot Blogger, planned a whole day for a Côte d’Azur shopping spree. Côte d’Azur Shopping Spree Grasse The “shop til you drop” agenda for Day 3 […]

Top Spots in Nice: Memories Tour Day 2

A visit to the most famous city on the Côte d’Azur is exciting enough for most travelers. To appreciate the top spots in Nice, you need a good guide. For the Memories Tour, our guide, Stephanie, Is one of the best. She’s lived in the city for more than 30 years, and she’s studied it […]

Memories Tour 2019: Welcome To Nice

Welcome to Nice

Arrival day for the Memories Tour was filled with excitement, anticipation, and busy last-minute preparations for a welcome to Nice for our 18 guests. Patricia Sands, tour co-leader, and I were anxious to put names and faces together. Welcome to Nice! Our hotel for the tour is the Beau Rivage. It is set at the […]

Marseille is for Foodies

Marseille is for Foodies

Marseille wasn’t high on my list of places to visit. A weekend spent there celebrating the birthday of a dear friend from Uzès totally changed my mind. On top of being a wonderful city with lovely, welcoming people, Marseille is for foodies like me. I’ve been to Marseille on several occasions since living in Uzès. […]

What’s Cooking in Marseille? A Day with the Provence Gourmet

Cooking Class in Marseille

I love it for someone who has never spent much time in Marseille! I jumped to join a cooking class in Marseille with Gilles Conchy of Provence Gourmet. Read on, and you’ll see why … Marseille is a city of wide, busy streets and tight alleys. High-end fashions and ethnic robes. Elegant eateries and takeout […]

A Travel Pro’s Favorite Places in Provence


A visit to Provence – one of the most visited areas in France – is the second post in the Barefoot Blogger travel series by Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France. Nancy has lived in southern France for over 30 years, so she knows her way around. When asked, “What do you recommend when tourists want to […]