Photo: Plage de Buse, Roquebrune Cap Martin

Summer essentials for a luxury travel Diva. Summer is all about having fun, chilling out and not worrying too much about anything.  Do you agree? So, when Amara Living invited me to choose some gifts from their online website my first choice was an inflatable swan!

Photo: Inflatable Swan from Amara Living

We are enjoying it so much here in the South of France it was a perfect choice for the beach and at home in the Swimming Pool.  My little Pomeranians love floating about on it too.

The swan does not weigh very much so I can pack it up in my suitcase and take it travelling!

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A summer hike and a picnic anyone? Of course, just great to enjoy the outdoor woods in sunny weather.  My hammock is light and easy to carry on a picnic, a nice little nap after all that walking is an excellent idea!

Photo: Amazonas Hammock from Amara

I’m going to use my hammock at home, out hiking and on the beach for a little afternoon siesta.  Super comfy and made from natural cotton fabric, it is light and easy to carry.

The hammock is made by Amazons, a company that donates 20,000 euros to a Brazilian street children product called “Der Kleine Nazarene e.V.”  If you buy a hammock like this you will be contributing towards their donation.

This hammock from http://www.amara.com 

Lastly but by no means least I chose a super chic cotton beach bag by Elizabeth Scarlett, London

Photo: Beach Bag from Amara

My Summer beach essentials include: Cashmere Rebel Scarf, Boostoxygen, Chanel, Vitage Factor 30 face protection, Caudalie Grape water.

Photo: Summer Essentials in my Amara Beach Bag

However, the most important summer essential is …. remember you are beautiful just the way you are!  Get out and enjoy the summer, do not worry about losing weight, cellulite, looking less than svelt.  YOU ARE PERFECT.

 

 

Photo: Summertime in the South of France

Shop online at http://www.amara.com

 

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Yape Yape at Pampellone Beach

Well, Saint Tropez is a fabulous place to visit!  BUT, nightmarishly busy in summer.  Personally, I would not go there in July and August.  Here are 5 of my favourite things to do and I hope you enjoy them.

Top Tip 1:  Visit The Market

Saint Tropez Market

Saint Tropez 5 top tips. Who doesn’t love a weekly market right?  It is always fun to browse around this eclectic mix.  Some stall holders have been at the market for many a long year and are great characters.

I know, you will find a lot of the usual tourist tat but there are some gems here.  I always like to buy the local fresh fruit and vegetable in season.  The Cherry season is always a special treat, plus local wines, olives and Provencal goodies.

St Tropez Market

How about a hat to keep the sun off? My top tip is to get there early! Arrive and have a coffee and breakfast and then browse the market.

Saint Tropez Market

Top Tip 2:  Then I like to have breakfast at Senequier on the port and then head to the market.  Yes, I know!  It is outrageously expensive ….. but it is an occasional treat.

Senequier on the Port, Saint Tropez

It is always buzzing and has some good things to eat and drink.  My favourite is a Piscine, 15 euros but HUGE.

A Piscine at Senequier, Saint Tropez Port

Top Tip 3: Lunch at La Bouillabaisse Beach, Saint Tropez

http://www.labouillabaisse-plage.com

You will see this on the left as you drive into Saint Tropez, by the roundabout.  A lovely spot for lunch on the most perfect beach with great views and good food.  A laid back and chilled out atmosphere just makes it a memorable lunch.

Le Bouillabaisse Beach and Restaurant

There is a great beach here too.

Tip No. 4: Yape Yape Restaurant, Pampellone Beaches, Route des Tamaris, Ramatuelle

I love this cute little beach restaurant, the people who run it a very friendly too!  It is slap bang on the naturist beach, which is my favourite beach needless to say.  Gorgeous beach, laid back vibe and decent food.  What is not to like?  Give it a try and tell me if you don’t prefer it to spending absurd amounts of money with a load of wannabes on Nikki Beach.

Pampellone Beach, by Yape Yape Restaurant

Enjoying the beach life.

Me on the beach at Ramatuelle

Yape Yape Restaurant

Tip No.5:  Wine Tasting

I love a glass, or two or …. well, maybe three! Chilled Provencal Rose wine, particularly served as a Piscine is heavenly.  Here, you can go on a little wine tasting tour and sample and buy a case or two.  My favourite tour is to continue on the road to the little village or Ramatuelle, after you leave the Pampellone beaches.  Basically turn left instead of turning right back to Saint Tropez.

Inland from Saint Tropez

You could stop off for a little look around the village and then continue along the road and stop off at the wineries en route.  There are several and all are well sign posted, including the famous Minuty vineyard.

 

The famous Port of Saint Tropez

Tourist Information: http://www.sainttropeztourisme.com

 

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Photo: Pegasus painting of Naomi Campbell

I absolutely love these paintings by Pegasus.   He is so talented!  I loved my What’s App chat with him and we will definitely have cocktails together when we are both in London at the same time!  He told me he wants to convey a message of love and acceptance in his work.

Pegasus is a North London Street artist well known for painting popular culture’s most recognisable icons to produce great pieces of stencilled art. His work is innovative and, and sometimes controversial. He uses bright, bold colours in his pop-art style stencils, which often include shades of blue, pink and red.

Originally from California, he is heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, Daren West the Neon Artist and of course Banksy.

Pegasus is on Camden Council’s “Do not remove” list, which means his work is protected and you don’t need to walk far in London to discover artwork produced by this talented street artist. St Giles Hotel have chosen to form a creative partnership with Pegasus.

Pegasus spent three months working on the bespoke pieces and two months creating outlandish outfits for the front of house staff. The artist chose to immortalise The Queen, Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell and David Bowie in artwork which will be available for tourists and Londoners to see in the  Tottenham Court Road property.

Photo: Pegasus’ painting of The Queen

Each work features a portrait of a London legend holding a dripping paintbrush with a neon, graffiti-style heart behind them, giving the illusion that the subject has painted the portrait.. The heart theme was developed in line with the St Giles Hotels charity, Hotels with Heart*. St Giles has also commissioned Pegasus to create a unique pin badge, scarf and tie as part of the uniforms, which will be available to purchase with 100% of proceeds going to the charity.

The Pegasus takeover of St Giles London is part of a brand-wide upgrade across all St Giles Hotels in the UK. The group has 11 properties worldwide including a hotel at Heathrow Airport and will soon be breaking ground on a second Central London property on a 1.8-acre site in Blackfrairs. The Tottenham Court Road property is the first to begin redevelopment with renovations of the lobby and guest lounge areas that was completed with the new works of art last month.

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Travel to Santorini

Travel to Santorini, where to go and what to do – Reminiscing about my short trip to Santorini.  A few days sunshine, blue skies and crystal clear water would be great, right now!

To be honest four days was enough time to spend on such a small island.  Ideal for a short break or island hopping, it is easy to understand why my yacht owning friends enjoy a summer trip island hopping.  My advice is to stay on a few different islands rather than just one.

I stayed in the quiet, Northern part of the island, Akrotiri was the nearest town, on the coast facing Thera and Oia, which are the white blobs on my photo below.

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The North is by far the nicest part of the island, away from the tourist hub of Thera.  The sunsets in this part of the island are spectacular and every evening there would be quad bikes making there way to watch the sunset.  I stayed in a boutique hotel, in a villa with private pool.  I’m not going to recommend this Hotel because it was very, very expensive and not really worth the money.  Admittedly, this was in June and tourist season, but even so ….  Santorini in general is very overpriced.

One of the highlights was visiting Akrotiri and the archaelogical site, the most important Minoan site outside Crete.  Santorini is one of the Cycades Islands hit by volcanic eruption with dreadful consequences for the people of the island.

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Akrotiri has charming little coves, beaches and restaurants.  If I visit another time I wouldn’t bother going to Thera – except for the iconic photographic opportunities!  I hated the crowds of cruise trip visitors filling up the streets, go early or late in the season and it is probably very different.  However, if you enjoy a buzzing nightlife, this is the place for you!

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Oia –  would be lovely without the cruise trippers.  I read recently that plans are in place to limit the numbers, which is an excellent idea. It is a picture perfect, idyllic white village clinging to the hillside.  Definitely visit but only stay if you enjoy crowds and hustle and bustle.

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Southern Santorini – I shot this in the far South, just stunning isn’t it?  The blue skies and sea are unbeatable.

Wine tasting – You must visit some of the vineyards and sample some of the local and surprisingly good wines.  Wine growing started in Roman times in Santorini and the vines are still grown in the same style, allowed to trail on the ground with the leaves covering the precious grapes.

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I discovered santo winery, Pirgos whilst driving back to Akrotiri.  What a delightful place, probably the best view of any winery I have every visited – and I have visited many wineries! http://www.santowines.gr A little wine tasting with cheese, looking at the stunning view above – not a bad way to pass the afternoon!  This reminds me, I bought a pack of local FAVA beans here – still wondering what I am supposed to do with them!

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Yes, that is 6 glasses of wine you can see on the tasting tray!

The Santorini sunsets are magical and you will see scores of quad bikes heading up to Akrotiri to catch the best sunset.  Everyone gets about on Quadbikes here and they are great fun!

Definitely take a boat trip to other islands or just simply cruise around the island visiting little coves.

My Top Tip

Santorini Airport is horrendous in high season, I mean really disorganised and crowded.  Readers have told me of their horror at the airport conditions.  I must say, it is not good for a European airport! I recommend heading up to the roof after check in, this is the best spot to avoid the Sardine in a tin conditions!  You can admire the view and might actually grab a seat.  Be aware, there isn’t a Club Class lounge – British Airways really need to do something about this, and soon! However, it is very convenient having a British Airways flight out of London City Airport.

http://www.britishairways.com

Useful Addresses:

Santorini boat tours and boat rental  http://www.santorinitours.com

Quad bikes: http://www.motorinn.gr

Tourist info: http://www.visit-santorini.com

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A day in Saint Tropez – Saint Tropez Port

Visit Saint Tropez. Are you spending the summer in the South of France?  Take a day out in Saint Tropez or take a few days out to explore the area. Although the glamorous heyday of Saint Tropez is over, it is still a cool and fun place to spend a few days during your holiday.  I am writing about my ideal day out.

 

Arrive early and beat the crowds.  Park in the new Port car park and walk around to the Port, stay by the sea and you can’t go wrong.

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Saint Tropez Port

The port is always entertaining with enormous yachts somehow squashed like Sardines in a tin into the small port.  It is definitely a paradise for show off’s and to parade their enormous boat to the world! Artists with an array of varying talent display their artworks sit on the harbour front.  Take time out for a coffee and then visit the l’Annonciade Museum which is on the right hand side as you walk into the Port.  Definitely worth popping in with its collection of 20th century art much of it from the Saint Tropez area.  Matisse, Vlaminck, Bonnard are among the many artists represented at the museum.

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L’Annonciade Museum, Port Saint Tropez

Right next door is one of my favourite shops, Hermes.  Time for a little retail therapy.  You will love the gorgeous little boutiques with one off pieces and things you will not see anywhere else.  There aren’t any boring high Street stores.  One of my favourite boutiques is called Marie (very appropriate!) for one of summer dresses.

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Sentiers Saint tropez is a wonderful place to pick up delicious scents

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Marie is in Rue de la Citadelle and Sentiers Saint Tropez is in a little arcade almost next door which has a sweet little coffee shop too!

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Dior also in Rue de la Citadelle, Saint Tropez

There are all the top designer stores here but I like to shop in the little boutiques and find unusual pieces.  Of course, you must buy a pair of Les Tropeziennes sandals at their little shop.

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Don’t forget to buy a Tarte Tropezienne available in all the Boulangeries, yummy cream and strawberries in a light sponge – delicious.

Lunch at the Beach:

Time for lunch on the beach, drive to the beach for lunch.  The beaches are my favourite place to have lunch in Saint Tropez and you are really spoiled for choice from expensive places such as Club 55 http://www.club55.fr on Tahiti Beach in Saint Tropez, to little beach shacks.  Actually, this is one of the most interesting things about Saint Tropez.  It is the most egalitarian place!  Multimillion pounds yachts and just up the road caravan parks so there is something for everyone.

I like to drive out of Saint Tropez and turn first left towards Baie de Pampellone and the beaches of Ramatuelle.  Keep going until you start seeing beach road turns on the left and take your pick!  I have to find dog friendly beaches, for my two pooches and this rules out all the Saint Tropez beaches.  If you keep driving along the road, the beaches get quieter with less people.

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I much prefer the beaches here, rather than in St Tropez, mostly because they are beautiful, relaxed and laid back and also you take take your dogsPhoto: Looking back at the Pampellone Beaches at Ramatuelle

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Lunch, swim and a little nap in the sun!

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Wine Tasting:

Revived and rested you will be ready to try some of the famous Rose Provencal wine!  Again , spoiled for choice by the many little wineries you will spot as you drive along the roads.

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If you keep going along this road you will come to the picture perfect village of Ramatuelle

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Worth stopping off for a little potter about and then continue along the road heading back to Saint Tropez in a circle and you can stop at some more vineyards including Chateau Minuty,

Time for an evening out in Saint Tropez.  I hope you enjoyed our day out!

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l’Opera Restaurant on the port Saint Tropez with a live show while you eat dinner http://www.opera-saint-tropez.com

Tips:

If you are visiting St Tropez just for the day, get here very early if you are driving! The road to St Tropez is grid locked all summer long starting from about 9.30 in the morning and this last most of the morning.  On the return journeyout of St Tropez the road is one long traffic jam from 5 pm approximately until 8.30pm.

It is much better to arrive by boat if you are coming from Nice just for a day, there are regular boats from Nice Port and it is a very nice view all the way and takes about 2 hours.  You can also leave your car in St Maxim or Frejus and take a boat to Saint Tropez.

However, if you are staying here, just arrive outside that morning rush (in the afternoon or very early in the morning).

Helpful information

http://www.sainttropeztourisme.com

Hire a bike to get around http://www.rolling-bikes.com

Hire a yacht http://www.sainttropez-yachtcharter.com

Market days: Tuesday and Saturday

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Photo:  Cannes Film Festival 2017

Have you visited Cannes Film Festival? No, well, it is great fun and well worth a visit.  I find it is like entering a parallel universe for a few days!  It is super busy, the town packed with film crews, movie executives, directors, actors and everyone you can possibly think working in the film industry.  Throw, hundreds of film enthusiasts into the mix and it is jam packed.

If you don’t work in the film industry, you will feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole!  The film industry is all consuming for those connected with the industry and the whole point of a film festival is to sell your film! Everywhere you go people are doing deals, discussing movies and it is all quite extraordinary.

Photo: Crowds waiting outside Martinez Hotel Cannes for movie stars

I thoroughly enjoyed my time and fun events ranging from a fabulous face treatment at L Raphael Luxury Spa at the Martinez hotel to watching movies, parties and even a private viewing in a gorgeous villa.  I always enjoy meeting young and enthusiastic professionals and so it was a delight to meet the Film Director J P Mandarino and star, Drew Lipson of the new movie The Kaos Brief.  

Photo: JP Mandarino, Drew Lipson and me

They kindly invited me to their gorgeous villa in Cannes and were the best fun.  We enjoyed a private viewing of the movie and a lovely chat afterwards.  The film is and exciting SciFi/horror movie and you will be drawn into the plot and be left wanting more when the movie ends! The young star, Drew Lipson is surely one to watch for the future and I look forward to seeing him in more movies soon.  Handsome and talented, always a great combination.

Photo: Director and Star of The Kaos Brief

This is Drew’s first lead role in a movie and his first time in Cannes.  He was delighted to be “living the dream!”, he told us that the small cast of 4 major characters lived together during filming.  The film took only 2 weeks to make and the cast were firm friends by the end of the movie.

The Kaos Brief is available for worldwide distribution.  JP Mandarin is looking for funding for his next two projects. http://www.thekaosbrief.com

Video: The Kaos Brief

Snippet from Drew Jepson interview

Tips for Cannes Film Festival:

A few tips for you, if you plan to attend next year.

  • The big stars do not stay in Cannes.  The ones who don’t want or need the publicity stay in Monaco.
  • Go early, security really hots up going into hotels etc after Saturday so go for the first few days.
  • Make sure people know you plan to attend and you will receive invitations to screenings, use the cannes hashtags on social media.

Prices shoot up in Cannes so it is a good idea to stay nearby rather than pay inflated price, unless you want to be immersed in the experience totally and pay for it!

Photo: Freddie and me enjoying drinks at The Carlton Hotel Cannes during the Festival

Contact: http:jpmandarino.com

 

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L Raphael Beauty Spa Martinez Hotel Cannes

How about a wonderful morning at L Raphael Beauty Spa in the fabulous Martinez Hotel in Cannes? Well, who could resist!  I experienced a very effective treatment called Oxy-Peel Anti-Age Treatment.  I am now Red Carpet ready for my busy week at Cannes Film Festival 2017 with the help of L Raphael revolutionary technology and advanced anti ageing skincare products.

L Raphael Beauty Spa Treatments

The treatment lasted over an hour and was so relaxing in a super luxe treatment room with dimmed lights to make me relax and is a multi step treatment using oxygen as well as L Raphael complex LEC-40 to rejuvenate my skin and reverse the visible signs of ageing.

LEFT: After my treatment and hair styling and RIGHT: My Treatment session

The results of my Anti-Age treatment were immediately visible and I’ms sure my skin looked refreshed, smooth and visibly younger!  Infact, I was so pleased that I am seriously considering going to Geneva to L Raphael Geneva to investigate the full 4D Soft Facelift Treatment!

4D Soft Facelift combines 4 different treatments to lift and rejuvenate the skin with an exclusive non-invasive treatment.

The Cannes Film Festival is an action packed couple of weeks, hectic and busy with lots of parties, films, events and crowds!  It was wonderful to enter the peaceful haven of L Raphael and experience the luxury Spa.  I was lucky enough to have a hairstyling with Patrick Nicolieri, who was such a professional and gave me very helpful advice about my hair.

Thank you L Raphael Beauty Spa for a wonderful day and I will be back!

The Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel Cannes is a magnet for Film Festival crowds, with movie fans waiting for a glimpse of their favourite movie stars as they leave the hotel!  I was greeted by hundreds of people outside the hotel waiting to see their favourite move stars.

Photo: The crowds of Film Fans waiting outside Martinez Hotel, Cannes

Useful information:

Website: http://www.l-raphael.com Telephone: +33 (0)492987490 email: cannes@l-raphael.com

Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel Cannes http://www.cannesmartinez.com

Travel is great fun and a wonderful lifestyle but it is important to stay healthy and learn how to re-calibrate your body and relax after a trip.  Long haul flights and long days travelling can take their toll.

I love to chill out by my pool in the South of France as a way of distressing.  Also, tea is very important to me, especially as I’m English and we consume lots of tea!  Every day starts with a cup of tea in bed and every afternoon we have afternoon tea!

The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

My latest tea discovery is from The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.  Their speciality teas are delicious and just the way to relax and chill out after a long journey.  The Madecasse chocolate was crummy too, sometimes 70% Coca chocolate can be bitter but this was creamy and just perfect!

Teatime at my house

Tea is a wonderful drink to rehydrate the body too!  So relax and sit down with a nice cup of tea right now.  You will immediately take a deep breathe and unwind.  Why not take a pack of tea along with you on your next trip too!

Caudalie for stressed and tired skin:

Drinking tea is an excellent diuretic and will help with bloating caused by long haul flights.  My skin needs extra special care before, during and after a long trip and so my favourite Caudalie products are always on standby.  I rehydrate my skin with Caudalie Grape Water I just used a spritz of it right now and my skin feels soft and beautiful.

Caudalie Grape Water

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream

My eyes are also dehydrated and so my trusty Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream is perfect to combat stressed skin.  Click on my link on the right hand side of this page to buy.

Relaxing with Freddie and a cup of Tea

Thanks to http://www.destination2.co.uk for providing the relaxing teas to promote the importance of relaxing after travelling.

 

 

Photo: Agadir to Essaouira Road, most pics of me taken by @lemanieg

Diva Self Drive Morocco Road Trip.  Your very own Diva shares her tips for a successful, enjoyable and fun trip around Morocco.

First of all, hire a car!  I know this seems obvious but you will be surprised at how easy and carefree driving around is in Morocco!  I hired the car at the airport along with my friend Melanie and we drove straight to Marrakesh, parked up in a secure car park right outside the Medina for 6 euros a night.

Diva Road Trip, the start of our trip in Marrakesh

Marrakesh to Agadir:

Next day, hopped in the car and drove to Agadir for lunch.  The road was a new motorway with hardly any traffic and views of the countryside along the way.

Photo: Stop and chat to some donkeys along the way!

An easy 3 hour drive from Marrakesh to Agadir, a large part on a motorway and we arrived at the seafront of Agadir just in time for lunch.

Delicious Seafood Salad for lunch in Agadir

Another 20 minutes and we arrived at our hotel resort Paradis Plage.  This is set on a fabulous beach and we enjoyed a relaxing couple of days chilling doing Yoga, riding along the beach, Melanie enjoyed surfing.  This is the perfect location for surfing and surfers flock to this part of Morocco to enjoy the waves!

Delighted with my choice of a self-drive hire car!  The best way to see the country in my opinion, I love the freedom to choose where to go and what to do!

On the Road from Agadir to Essaouira

Agadir to Essaouira:

This road is just a joy to drive along.  You will enjoy spectacular sea views and literally step back in time in rural Morocco.  Again the roads are good with very few cars.  As a farmers wife, I particularly enjoyed the rural life and found the old fashioned farming methods and machinery fascinating.

Fun to stop at little market towns along the way

Then you can stop off and explore the markets along the way.  Nearly every little town had something interesting going on.  We felt totally relaxed and safe at all times and everyone was really nice along the way!  The people of Morocco are a delight.

Stocking up on some fruit for the journey

I have never seen Argan trees or Argan oil being produced before and this is the only area of morocco in which you will find these unusual trees.

Spot the Goats clambering in the trees

There are lots of little roadside stalls selling Argan oil as you approach Essouaira but you might be better to wait and buy the oil from a respected producer in Essouaira.

Spot the Camel under the heap of Straw?

Beware speed cameras though!  I confess to receiving a Speeding fine along this road.  Unfortunately the sun was in my eyes and I mistook the policeman for a potential roadside bandit!  I speeded up when I spotted him which was not the best idea to be honest.  All ended well and he saw the funny side in the end and we continued on our way.

Arrived safely in Essouaira!

A few days in fabulous Essaouira,  read my Essouaira blog to find out more, and we continued on to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains.

View of the High Atlas Mountains

Essouaira to Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains:

This was quite a trek and involved driving through Marrakesh again!  It would have taken us around 4 hours if we hadn’t got lost trying to find the Kasbah.  I think we put the wrong co-ordinates into the Sat-Nav maybe, not really sure what went wrong! We arrived on market day too….

This was the only time we went off road along some tracks but it was well worth the clic and we loved our stay in the mountains!

Atlas Mountains near Kasbah Bab Ourika 

The views were amazing as was the hiking, Hamman and lunch in a Berber Village.  A thoroughly enjoyable stay in the mountains!

The views from Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains

Some of our videos!  We managed to keep our sense of humour along the way!

And the Kasbah kindly rescued us in the end!

Hotsquash Top

Happy May!  What to Wear in May? It can be a tricky month with weather ranging from hot, cold, rainy and everything in between.  I am sharing my latest discoveries here.

I have a little insider tip for you …. one of my favourite British clothing brands, Hotsquash is having a flash sale.  Sign up for their newsletter on http://www.hotsquash.com and receive advance notice of bargains from £5 for a £130 dress and many more offers coming up this month!

Sherpa Adventure Gear:

My Sherpa Adventure Gear Scarf

Do you love my Sherpa Adventure Gear Scarf?  I just love it when a combination of great clothes and a really good Charity come together.  Sherpa Adventure Gear was set up in 2004 by Tasha Sherpa, it is a cool outdoor brand with great outdoor clothes.

The company also helps the Sherpa families in Nepal 85% of the product manufactured in Nepal employing 500 people in production centres and 1000 local women hand knitting caps and sweaters.  How great is that!

Sherpa Adventure Gear

Check out their website: http://www.sherpaadventuregear.co.uk

BOOST OXYGEN:

My new beauty secret! I’m going to share it with you……. Boost Oxygen Beauty. I am a fan of Boost Oxygen products, so was delighted to try Boost Oxygen Beauty which contains 98% Pure Oxygen.  Supplementing your body with Boost Oxygen helps to reduce stress, relax muscles, oxygenate the skin and boost skin renewal.

I noticed a positive change in my skin almost immediately.  My skin looks refreshed and definitely younger.  Give it a go!  Take a look at their website. http://www.boostoxygen.life

PAIN DE SUCRE:

PAIN DE SUCRE Cover-up

Pain de Sucre is my go-to swimwear brand on every trip!  I’m wearing their gorgeous cover-up above and I really love it, along with Jimmy Choo Sandals and a local Moroccan Straw bag.

http://www.paindesucre.com

Kasbah Bab Ourika

What a way to end my Diva Road Trip around Morocco! I loved a short stay at Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains, overlooking the Ourika Valley and will be back.  We drove from Essaouira to the Kasbah enjoying the sights and sounds of rural Morocco along the way.

The Kasbah has a magical setting in breathtaking mountain scenery.  It is a joy to relax, unwind and breath in the mountain air.  The perfect retreat after a hectic stay in the Medina of Essouaira.

Gardens at Kasbah Bab Ourika

The setting and the gardens are a highlight here.  What a treat to find such beautiful gardens high up in the mountains!  Enjoy the outdoor swimming Pool and Hammam.  I stayed in a suite decorated in a simple Berber style, making good use of local materials and fabric.  Simple but chic.

Enjoy a mountain view from the bed in the morning, open the doors and step out into a sweet little private garden to enjoy your morning tea!

Private little Garden outside the suite at Kasbah Bab Ourika

We asked for twin beds but there was the option of a larger bed. The bathroom with a shower was simple but functional.

Bedroom at Kasbah Bab Ourika

Enjoy meals in the charming Courtyard restaurant.

Charming Restaurant setting

We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace and tried a Berber Omelette, which was delicious and you should try when you visit.

Terrace for Breakfast

Hiking:

I would definitely recommend a hike with a local guide arranged by the Kasbah.  Hassan was a wonderful guide for our two hour hike followed by lunch in a Berber house cooked by a Berber family which was delicious and a very unique experience.

Views of the Atlas Mountains on my hike

The food was delicious and vegetarian as we requested.  Definitely a terrific experience!

Walking through Berber Village

Lunch with a Berber family

My drive back to Marrakesh airport was very easy and straight forward and it took me 45 minutes.  Kasbah Bab Ourika is a lovely mountain retreat but within easy access of Marrakesh.  I would recommend hiring a car and driving yourself around in Morocco, we were 2 women and felt safe and happy for the entire trip.  The people of Morocco are a delight.

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Information:

Kasbah Hab Ourika, Ourika Valley, Tnin Ourika, Morocco tel: +212668749547

http://www.kasbahbabourika.com

 

Camel Trek in Essaouira

My Diva Road trip around Morocco with honorary Diva Melanie, photographer for the trip! We loved Essaouira and this is my favourite place to visit in Morocco.  I loved the laid back beach vibe, the beautiful Old Town Medina, friendly people, stunning location ….. can you tell I loved it?  I will be back for sure!  If you go to one place in Morocco, this would be my recommendation.

Essaouira Medina – A cultural and shopping delight! All photos of me taken by @lemanieg

I stayed in a Riad located within the Medina which was a unique and fun experience and something you should do at least once during a trip to Morocco to get a different experience.  The local people were so friendly and I felt like a local after a 3 day stay! However, if you want a more relaxed vibe there are plenty of nice hotels and villas to choose from and you will be spoilt for choice.

Shopping in the Souk at Essaouira

The Souk is a delight, stay away from the main streets and you will find a treasure trove of Spices, delicious Moroccan pastries, just about everything you could wish for!

Pots Galore at Essaouira

I bought some pots, dates, spice mixes to bring home to France.

Camel trekking

Regular readers know I love Camels, so this was heaven for me!  Choose to go on a short trek or overnight and camp.  My Camel trek was a highlight of my trip and I recommend the company I used, see the information section at the bottom of the page.

James, my Camel and me

It was such a treat exploring on James the Camel with just my guide for company.

Then, the next day I used the same company to arrange a horse ride which was just as fun as the Camels but a lot faster!  They have beautiful horses, well looked after and cared for which is essential.

My view between the ears of Aziz

To be honest, for me it just doesn’t get better than this!  Cantering along on a pristine, unspoilt beach on a cracking little horse with a good guide for company.  The perfect morning.

Exploring the Essaouira coastline on a horse

The Old Port:

The Port is a fascinating place to explore and take photos of the iconic blue fishing boats.  Just around the corner are the little fish shack restaurants, where you choose a fish and they cook it immediately.  Delicious, clean and simple food but beware make sure you barter because prices are high.

Old Port of Essouaira

The Old port of Essouaira is charming and iconic for photographers on Instagram!  It is impossible to take a bad photo and the fisherman don’t seem to mind.  The history of the port stretches back into time to 1770.  This was the most important trading port between Europe, Africa and the Americas, originally named Mogador.

Free trade policies were encouraged by Sultan Ben Abdellah who encouraged the settlement of rich merchants and Jews to settle and work in Mogador. This was an important trading port.

Iconic Blue fishing boats

I enjoyed a delicious Lobster lunch at one of the little shacks around the port.  It was the best ever, but very expensive and I should have bartered really!

Delicious Lobster lunch at the Port

Beautiful old ruin in Essaouira

Above is a stunning old building, owned by Jewish traders and abandoned in the 1960’s.  Moroccan law dictates that abandoned properties are left for 100 years incase the descendants owners decide to return and claim the property.

A perfect end to a perfect day

Above is a photo taken admiring the view from one of the bars serving alcohol in Essaouira.  These are obviously popular with visitors to the town!

Definitely put Essaouira on your Morocco itinerary.  We hired a car at Marrakesh Airport and happily and safely drove all around the country from Marrakesh to Agadir to Essaouira to the Atlas mountains to Marrakesh.  The roads are perfectly safe, fellow drivers very well behaved, and the people of Morocco delightful and helpful.  Get out and explore!

The Souk at Essaouira

Information:

Essaouira information: Arrange a Camel, Horse, Quad adventure with: http://www.rando-dunes.com

Book a hotel or Riad by clicking on my Booking.com link on the right hand side of this page

http://www.essaouira.nu

Beach at Paradis Plage Resort

My second stop on our Diva Road Trip around Morocco was at Paradis Plage Surf Yoga and Spa.  Set on a stunning beach, popular with surfers and holiday makers looking for a chilled out relaxation break, it has stunning views of the coastline.

Paradis Plage, view from my hotel suite

A lovely welcome at Paradis Plage!

Enjoying a welcome drink!

The resort is a 20 minute drive from Agadir and I enjoyed a two night stay here.  I spent my time walking on the beach, riding, exploring the area, practicing Yoga and chilling out!  There was a mix of guests from couples, to young families.  There were a lot of children staying and they have a Creche to enjoy.

View from my Premium Suite

My suite was very comfortable and enjoyed a terrace with spectacular views, pictured above.  It was comfortable, modern and clean with a little sitting room, looking out over the sea.

My living Room in the Premium Suite

The bedroom was small but the bed very comfortable and quiet.  I would recommend more wardrobe space!  My usual Diva problem of living out of a suitcase.

My bedroom at Paradis Plage

The bathroom was large with a big shower.  A little kitchen area was a very useful addition too.  You can enjoy the gorgeous Yoga Studio overlooking the beach, a good Surf Centre with instructors, The Spa is very luxurious with a Hammam, Sauna, massages and all the usual Spa treatments.

The Gym at Paradis Plage

I enjoyed the gym at Paradis Plage and a training session with the excellent trainer and a wonderful Yoga session.

Stunning, endless beach at Paradis Plage

For me, the setting of the resort was just so special.  The coastline is unspoilt with unrivalled views and crystal clear sea water.  Enjoy horsehides along the beach on well cared for horses or even a Camel ride!  Relax and unwind in this eco friendly resort.

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Breakfast at Paradis Plage

Then you can enjoy the restaurants here, breakfast pictured above in the Ocean Restaurant was a good selection and choice. We enjoyed a nice evening meal  by the beach at Chiringuito.  There is a good selection of restaurants to enjoy or visit the local restaurants in the nearby villages if you have a car.

 

Information:

http://www.paradisplage.com   Tel: +212 (0)528200382

26 km from Agadir on the route d’Essaouira, Imi Ouaddar

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Go to Italy!

A visit to the markets of Liguria, Italy is a very popular activity especially for food lovers and bargain hunters.  Ventimiglia is just a short train ride from France and people flock over the border on market days, particularly on Friday when hundreds of stalls have something for everyone.  My friends and I love going to Italy – as soon as you leave the french border and (some of, most are nice)  grumpy french people behind you will find a happy, smiling and friendly Italian!  I know, I know it is a huge generalisation but it is TRUE!

Well pop over the border to Italy for some happy people!

The change in the temperament of the people is quite unbelievable!The Italian joie de vivre is infectious and you will soon be smiling too!  Loud and gregarious but quite mad behind a steering wheel, so take care on the roads.  They can be very excitable too and are not as keen on dogs as the french, which is annoying for my pooches Freddie and Zarya .  Although in general the dogs are welcome everywhere they are not doted on quite as much as in France.

I’m not keen on market tat and fake handbags but I do love to buy all my fruit vegetables, pasta Parmegiano cheese and all sorts of delicious foodie delights.  If you go to Ventimiglia there are some wonderful little seafood restaurants for lunch right on the beach.  Turn right before the river and drive into the lovely old town and you have 3 good seaside restaurants by the beach.

San Remo, Italy

I prefer the market in San Remo.  The town is much prettier with beautiful gardens and little restaurants along the seafront.  My favourite food shops are here too!  I go to the Tuesday market.  Catch a train or drive from France.

PicMonkey Collage-2My favourite deli in San Remo – you can’t miss it near the market

There are many plant growers in this part of Italy too and I buy some fabulous things for the garden.

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Old town in San Remo

You will love all the little clothes shops in San Remo and rummaging around in the old town before indulging in a delicious real Italian food lunch at any of the countless family run restaurants.  My favourite market day lunch is lobster spaghetti – yum!

And now over to my collaborators Paolo and Amalia, who are a little further south in Genoa, a wonderful city and if you are there make sure not to miss the red and white museums.  They are Italian and so can give us a real Italian perspective, which is great. Hang around the World:

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The markets are really interesting places where you can learn about different aspects of the city, such as: traditions, history and the smells of the city but also everyday life. It is an opportunity to get inside the city and meld with it.
Every city has its own market and Italy is full of typical markets but today we’re going to know one in particular… Mercato Orientale located in Genova.
The market is in via XX Settembre and it is housed in a large and historic structure. Entering you can already immerse yourself in the flavors and in the smells of the city, thanks to the various street food stalls that sell typical products of the city.
We tasted the delicious pinolate (almonds and pine nut cookies). Continuing the tour you can find fruit and vegetable stalls. Looking through these, we knew the preboggion a mixture of wild herbs typical of Ligurian cuisine. There are also stalls with a wide assortment of meat and fish from the Ligurian sea (such as: triglia di scoglio, orate, acciughe, pesce spada… ). We also have spotted a bakery and a fresh pasta stall that had a really inviting look. Then we had a break in a cafè always inside the market.
After this we continued our tour and we headed to a colorful exposition of plants and flowers of all kinds. Continuing in that direction we came across other stalls that sold clothing, housewares, footwear and there was also a costume jewelry store. Finished our tour we can say that we have found lots of cordiality (in fact we chatted with a sweet old lady who was at the fruit stall with us and she has revealed that what is not in the market, doesn’t exist that means that there you can find everything you need) and also organization and cheapness of the products.
If you were there we hope we have made you relive those moments, if you haven’t been there you just have to visit it and watch the market with your own eyes.
We hope you enjoyed this tour in the Genova market and we hope that it has been helpful. Bye and a big kiss to everyone – Hang Around The World

Insider London

Insider London by Rachel Felder

Published by Harper Collins http://www.hc.com

“A man who is tired of London is Tired of Life” So said Dr Samuel Johnson.  These are very wise words indeed!  I have lived in London and visited all my life and still cannot wait to visit again to explore some of the hidden gems in this book! This is my review of an excellent and useful book that I recommend you buy before a visit to London.

It is eclectic and diverse with everything from old favourites to small and quirky museums, shops, Cafes, restaurants and hotels.  The best Parks, gardens and open Spaces also feature in the book.

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Art Galleries, live music venues.  There is literally everything possible for a fun and interesting trip to London all neatly divided into different categories.  Every cool, insider shop address and some small new discoveries.  I want to visit James Smith and buy a Parasol!  Who knew where to buy the best umbrellas and Parasols?  Where would you find the best markets to visit?  Read the book and find out.

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I cannot wait to try some of the new restaurant recommendations that feature along side some old favourites.  The best bars? Well, an old favourite of mine is The Connaught Champagne Bar but I also want to try some of the new bars featured in the book.

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I like some of the hotels, some I have never heard of before.  Read the book and find out which ones you like.  Then you can find some small museums in another chapter.  Who knew you could see the skeleton of  a British Monarch and his wife? Read the museum section!

Insider London is a very good guide to the most stylish shops, Restaurants and Cultural Experiences.  You can buy it online at http://www.amazon.com or in bookshops Stateside now and in the UK from May.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Congratulations to Rachel Felder for writing such a great book!

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5 Things to do on the Cote d’Azur  People always think we live impossibly glamorous lives on the Cote d’Azur and we do!  They visit and want to experience a little of this lifestyle and often return home a bit disillusioned.  It is a mistake to get onto a ‘tourist treadmill’ and visit the tourist traps.

I am going to show you where we go on the Cote d’Azur, follow my itinerary and you will have a wonderful day, living like one of us!  I hate Nice, it is crowded, full of depressed looking tourists and to be avoided.  I’m going to give you a day on the Cote, east of Nice.  This is the best bit and a lot of my friends agree (the ones who don’t live in Nice, of course!  They are probably gnashing their teeth right now).

Start the day at:

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

http://www.villa-ephrussi.com   The stunning villa is now owned by les academie des beaux-arts http://www.les-academie-des-beaux-arts.fr .  The original owner Beatrice de Rothschild created  a villa inspired by the Italian Renaissance.  Visit the villa and the exceptional gardens.  If you are a gardener, like me, you will love to explore the grounds.  Events are held here throughout the summer months, so check out the website.  You might be lucky enough to get tickets!

Fete des Roses is an annual event in early May

Stop for a reviving coffee down by the sea and then take a walk.

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat – Morning Walk

We all like to exercise here, it is very easy when the weather is sunny and it is wonderful to be by the sea in the great outdoors.  Also essential for all the eating, drinking and partying!  Enjoy the wonderful views and work up an appetite by walking the coastal walk from Saint Jean Cap Ferrat to the port in Beaulieu for lunch,  You can’t get lost, just keep going until you arrive in the port!  On the way you will walk along a stunning coastal path, passing by some beautiful villas, such as the Belle Epoque once owned by David Niven, look out for the plaque.

Lunch in Beaulieu

Then have lunch on the port in Beaulieu.  You are spoiled for choice with a row of nice portside restaurants.  I like The African Queen, it is open from 12 til 12 and you will never feel rushed.  Fresh fish, good food, fabulous view and impeccable service. http://www.africanqueen.fr

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Afternoon at Cap d’Ail Beach

Then Time for a little nap on a sun lounger, with a handsome waiter to bring you a cool reviving glass of something cold?  Drive along toward Monaco, or jump on a train http://www.horairetrain.net and head to the beach at Cap d’ail.  You will find a row of beach restaurants with sun loungers to hire for the afternoon.  This beach is never crowded and you can have a little rest and summon up some energy to hire a windsurfer, kayak or surf board right here on the beach.  They have really patient instructors if you need a lesson, if not jut hire whatever takes your fancy. Or, if you want a really small, quiet beach for a siesta and swim, either drive a little further or get off the train at the small Roquebrune Station and walk 2 minutes down the steps to Plage de Buse.

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This is my favourite little secret beach and there is a revamped beachside cafe for drinks or lunch there that is very good and my dogs were welcome.  The Larger Plage Bleu is just a few hundred yards to the right and the Corbusier sea path at the end of the car park.  This is one of my favourite sea walks and is wonderful after the first bit running alongside the railway.  Spot the Corbusier seaside house on the walk and enjoy gorgeous views.

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These are lovely family beaches with free parking. Say hello if you see us there!

Evening in Monte Carlo

You will be spoiled for choice with fabulous restaurants here, ranging from small family owned informal places to 3* Michelin restaurants.  This is one of the upsides of providing an enclave for rich tax dodgers, they have some lovely places to be entertained!  This week we enjoyed a lovely meal at Buddha Bar Monaco, so I shall tell you about it:

Buddha Bar Monte Carlo

http://www.buddhabarmontecarlo.com  Pop in for cocktails downstairs or treat yourself to dinner in this stunning old building that was originally a theatre and has retained all of the best architectural features. The fusion food is delicious, we tried a set menu for 85 euros,  and look forward to our next visit.  I’ll make do with some Buddha Bar compilations until the next time!

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There is always something exciting and interesting going on.  Take  look at the website for up to date information. http://www.visitmonaco.com

IMG_2900Pit Stop Bar and Lounge

There is a new Ferrari themed bar at the Sporting Club in Monaco for summer to check out http://www.pitstopbarandlounge.com

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Iconic Monte Carlo Casino

There are so many terrific things going on at the moment in Monaco.  http://www.montecarlosbm.com

I love going to the ballet and Philharmonic Orchestra http://www.balletsdemontecarlo.com

Remember, this is a day out for whatever budget.  If you are splurging, choose the restaurants above but you are also spoiled for choice with countless other small, good inexpensive places.  A train ticket is so cheap and one of the prettiest railway journeys in France between Nice and Menton. http://www.ter.sncf.com

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Beautiful Abbaye de Lerins                http://www.abbayedelerins.com

My favourite things to do on Ile St Honorat

Visit Ile St Honnorat.  If you are staying anywhere near Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, I recommend a visit to Ile St Honorat.  Spend a day on this peaceful and beautiful island and you will have very special day.

Firstly, you have to get there and ferries run from the port of Cannes every hour on the hour in summer time and the trip is very short,just 15 minutes.  You can of course hire your own boat and moor off shore or in a tiny harbour on the island.  The waters between the two Iles de Lerin are really popular with yachts and there is a veritable traffic jam in the summer months as people all enjoy the crystal clear sea water and beautiful environment.

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The water between the two Iles Lerins is always popular in summer!

I like to take a stroll round the island taking a peek at the immaculate vineyards, growing a variety of grapes which are then turned into delicious wine by the monks living on the island.  The plants and flowers are wonderful and a lot of work must go into making everything look so perfect.

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Perfectly tended vineyards

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Lavender growing on the island

The olives from the trees, grapes from vines and lavender growing in the gardens are turned into wonderful products by the monks and you can buy these online if you aren’t lucky enough to visit the island.  The quality is superb and I recommend them all! http://www.excellencedelerins.com

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I adore the feeling of peace and tranquility on the island, as soon as I step ashore all stress seems to  miraculously vanish.  There is a very special atmosphere here, after Saint Honoratus founded a monestery in the year 410 and 16 centuries of monastic life on the island interrupted here and there.  The Cistercian monks have lived and worked on the island and living a life of prayer in the Abbaye since 1869.

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Dogs are welcome on the island, Freddie and Zarya enjoyed their day out.

After a walk, visit the Abbaye which is absolutely stunning with the most beautiful gardens.  I can’t honestly say I have ever considered becoming a monk but a visit to Ile St Honnarat makes me think that it is a very wonderful way of life.

IMG_3019-2The Abbaye organises retreats for people to go and stay on the island, which must be a perfect place for contemplation.

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Every plant is beautiful here

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A short stroll away teetering on the sea edge is a 15th century fortified monastery which you can also visit. Don’t forget to pop into the shop by the Abbaye and buy some products made on the island by the monks, including honey and olive oil.

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Then Time for lunch at Le Tonnelle Restaurant a short 5 minute stroll away.  The food is delicious, as is the wine.  The island and the restaurant allow dogs, so Freddie and Zarya were able to come along and enjoy the day too.

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You can buy some wine to take home at a pretty shop right by the restaurant.

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After lunch, time for a little nap and swim in one of the pretty coves that you find dotted around the island so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

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Beautiful little coves for swimming

 

You can wear a swimsuit for a little swim but dress respectfully everywhere on the island and don’t wander around scantily clad.

After a reviving cup of tea back at Le Tonnelle restaurant, head back to Cannes on the ferry.  The end of a perfect day!

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The view on the boat ride home to Cannes at the end of a lovely day!

Practical Info:

Ferry information: http://www.trans-cote-azur.com   Abbey: http://www.abbayedelerins.com  Restaurant La Tonnelle (reservation recommended: http://www.tonnelle-abbayedelerins.fr

 

 

Photo: I’m about to take a dip in the sea. 

Skinny Dipping in The South of France. I’ll tell you which are my favourite beaches.

IMG_3365Baie de Pampellone, Saint Tropez. View from the naturist beach

The best naturist beaches in the South of France. Who loves skinny dipping in the sea?  Is there any better feeling than being at one with nature and stripping off on a hot day?  I’m going to tell you about the best naturist beaches in the South of France and where to avoid.

You have to be careful which beaches to visit in the South of France.  There is a naturist beach in Eze but it is a beach mostly enjoyed by gay men.  I would avoid this beach unless this is the kind of beach you like.

Photo: Pampellone Bay, Ramatuelle

Let me know if you have any beaches to add to this list!  I would love to hear of new discoveries.

However, I love the naturist beach at Saint Tropez which is full of fellow naturists and you will not receive any unwelcome attention and it is not sleazy.  All different nationalities and ages happily enjoying the sunshine in a totally natural way.  This is my favourite beach and great restaurants too!

IMG_3366Saint Tropez Ramutuelle Beaches

Follow the Ramutuelle coast road out of Saint Tropez for a few kilometres until you see a sign on the left for the beaches, turn left.  Drive until you see the sign above and take the right turn.  You will come to a huge car park which costs 4.50 euros for the day.  Park your car and walk straight onto the beach, it is flat and just a few metres away.

Photo: Freddie and Zarya on the Naturist beach

The beach is allows dogs on leads, so Freddie and Zarya love to visit too!

IMG_3370Yachts mooring in Baie de Pamplona

They wonderful thing is that there is a lovely mix of naturists, families picnicking and clothed sunbathers so there is a lovely,  cool atmosphere and it is very laid back.  Take your pick from several little beach cafes and restaurants along this stretch of beach.  The water is sparkling, clean and very beautiful in the Baie.

Photo: Restaurant Yape

Then you can have lunch right on the beach at a sweet little beach shack restaurant called Yape.

Photo: Yape Restaurant, Ramatuelle Beaches

Might just see you there!

Plage Villa Dani

Another favourite spot is on the road between Theoule sur Mer and Agay.  This is the most stunning coastline with gorgeous little coves amongst the red rock of l’Esterel, drive along and take your pick of beaches that will not be crowded even in high season.  This is because of the accessibility.  You will need a car or get on a bus at Theoule sur Mer.

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L’Esterel red rock along the coastline

The beach is a little tricky to find.  It is Cap Roux Naturist Beach, Route de Trays, 83700 Saint Raphael – Agay.  Park at Cap Roux car park and walk along the road until Villa Dani bust and you will see the steps down to the beach.

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If you do not like the idea of a naturist beach, there are countless little beaches and coves all along this stretch of coast road.  Look out for the blue signs and steps down to the beaches.

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My Favourite Naturist Beach ever? The small island of Formentera near Ibiza has the best, most beautiful naturist beaches!

Helpful Information

Tourist Office Saint Tropez http://www.sainttropeztourisme.com

Saint Raphael Tourism: http://www.saint-raphael.com

Where to eat on the beach in Saint Tropez: There are lots of beach restaurants to choose on the beach, a slightly longer stroll towards Saint Tropez is  Club55, 43 Blvd Patch, Ramatuelle http://www.club55.fr

Where to stay: How about renting a villa or an apartment nearby http://www.abritel.fr