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In a complete contrast to last week's beach which was wild, fairly empty and reasonably isolated today I'm taking you to a city beach, la Réserve - it's actually in the port area of Nice - which is always crowded and absolutely tiny!  The only similarity is that it's also very rocky.  So what's the charm?  

la Réserve turquoise water

La Réserve beach

People and port watching are two of the reasons I like this miniscule beach.  And the view of the grandiose villas on Mt Boron isn't bad either.  There's just something about this place that appeals, not for every day but occasionally it hits the mark.  You make a camp in a crack in the rocks and watch the Corsica ferries come and go; it's different.  

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Silent Sunday - 26 July 2015

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English beach


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A family adventure in French Guyana

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In this, the sixth post in my series on far-flung France we're going on a family holiday to South America, to a little-known location, French Guyana, France's only Dom-Tom which isn't an island. Taking us on this holiday is my lovely friend Liz who is not a blogger, just a very prolific traveller. It's not easy to find people who've been to this distant land so I was delighted when Liz agreed to write her first blog post for me.  

hammocks in Guyana

These are her words....

I’ll admit it, I’m a virgin blogger, this really is the very first time! But when a good friend asks for help, who am I to refuse ?

Phoebe’s currently blogging about France’s Doms and Toms (overseas départements and territories), as I’ve been to French Guyana, I’ve offered to help her out, so here goes.

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Summer has been in full force on the French Riviera for many weeks now, one of my boys has been on holiday for 5 weeks and the other 2 weeks but I’m only just beginning to find the time to make the most of it myself.  We’ve had scorching temperatures hovering around 40°c for several weeks and not a drop of rain for a very long time.  So yesterday when we went to the beach en famille it felt like heaven!  The water was a perfect 26° and sparkling deep blue, contrasting with the warm red rocks of the Estérel cliffs.

Calanques de Maupas Esterel Var France

I thought I’d write about one local beach each week for the rest of the summer season, showcasing some of our favourite places to cool off, swim, snorkel, rent boats, rent pedalos, jump off rocks, “bodysurf” (this is the Mediterranean not the Atlantic so don’t expect big waves!) laze around luxuriously and generally have fun.

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