Côte d’Azur Kaleidoscope

Patricia Sands

Ahhhh ~ The French Riviera! The Côte d’Azur!

150626-263-Edit-sm-CarmenBlike-R3Just the sound of those words stirs my heart. These days, it’s easy to conjure up images of crowds of selfie-taking tourists, traffic jams, and long line-ups at your favourite bistros. There’s some truth to that during the summer months but, even so, there are many things that make up for those inconveniences. Pack a good attitude and plenty of patience. Plan well and be flexible, and your visit will always be memorable. There’s nowhere else I would rather be.

Allow me to whet your appetite with just a few stops along this golden coast.

From Wikipedia : “The Côte d’Azur (French pronunciation: [kot da?zy?]; Occitan: Còsta d’Azur; literally: ‘Azure Coast’), often known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also including the sovereign state of Monaco. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from the Italian border (Italian Riviera) in the east to Saint-Tropez, Hyères, Toulon, or Cassis in the west.

The name La Côte d’Azur was first coined in 1887 by French novelist and playwright, Stephen Liégeard.

This sun-kissed area receives an annual average of 320 days of visits from Old Sol. It is part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, one of the 27 French administrative regions and the third economically most important.

Today we’re here to focus on the visual. This collection of color will take you along the coastline of La Côte d’Azur, beginning in Menton at the Italian border and ending in Cassis. Please enjoy.

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Menton

MONTE CARLO/MONACO

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EZE VILLAGE

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VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER

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NICE

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LOOKING EAST FROM ANTIBES ~ ACROSS BAIE DES ANGES TO NICE

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ANTIBES

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A SENTIER/HIKING TRAIL AROUND THE CAP D’ANTIBES

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Cap D'Antibes - Version 2

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CANNES

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LE MASSIF DE L’ESTEREL

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SAINT-TROPEZ

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LA ROUTE DES CRETES ~ FROM LA CIOTAT TO CASSIS

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The Riviera or la Côte d’Azur ~ so good they named it twice! I’m not certain who lays claim to that quote, but it’s a good one. Wouldn’t you say?

All photography in this post is the copyright of Patricia Sands.

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A confessed travel-addict, best-selling author Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else, and calls the south of France her second home. I Promise You This, Book 3 in her award-winning Love in Provence series, will be published May 17, 2016. Find Patricia at her Facebook or Amazon Author Page or her website.

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