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In the forest, just down the road, I recently came across something pretty magical.  Something unique and intriguing but hidden and secret, and yet open to everyone.  You may be lucky and stumble upon this surprising place, but more likely than not, you won’t.  Deep in the woods in the small village of La Colle sur Loup on the French Riviera, an artist has been hard at work, creating a number of unusual, organic, mystical and ephemeral works of art.  For a year, from sometime in 2014 to 2015* British sculptor Spencer Byles spent all day every day producing around 40 amazing forest sculptures out of materials he found in the surroundings.  He called his project “A year in a French Forest”.  

forest art France Spencer Byles

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Free family fun in Nice

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I've recently had the pleasure of writing a guest post for one of my favourite travel blogs, The World is a Book all about free things to do in Nice with children as part of a series of free things to do in cities all over the world.
views from Castle Hill Nice

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Over the last couple of weeks we've been busy getting into the Christmas spirit "à la Riviera", going to Christmas markets in vineyards and villages, exploring medieval towns decked out with festive lights and enjoying the sunshine in Nice.  Here is a small selection of images from these visits.

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The Côte d'Azur is a great place to be for Christmas with plenty of fun, unusual and traditional events taking place throughout the festive period.  Blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, many of which fall over the Holidays, this is a lovely time to be in Nice and the surrounding area.  Here's a short list of 6 top things to do in and around Nice at Christmas suitable for families, couples and individuals of all ages.  And best of all my suggestions won't break the bank, most of them are absolutely free.

6 things to do at Christmas Nice France

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Sainte Agnès is a tiny little village located high on a ridge above Menton on the Côte d'Azur, only a couple of kilometres as the crow flies from both Italy and the coast.  It is known as the "highest coastal village in Europe" as it sits at just under 800m altitude while being practically on the sea. Owing to its strategic location it has some interesting fortifications including a medieval castle and more recent 20th century defences.  Naturally this all makes it a pretty spectacular place, both to look at and to look out of.

view of St Agnès near Menton Côte dAzur France

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