Archive for the ‘Var villages’ Category

Tour de France comes to the Cote d’Azur.

The Tour de France 2013 will be visiting the Cote d’Azur this year. Tuesday 2nd July there will be the excitement of the time trial in Nice itself. A 25km sprint against the clock. Be sure to get here early to take your place on the route.

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Toulon like Bovril

Some love it, others hate it! Toulon has not had the best publicity machine – up until a few years ago the Wikipedia entry described it as the second major port for the French navy after Brest and that it was badly bombed by the Allies in the Second World War.  Not encouraging most would […]

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Not just Bordeaux for award-winning wines!

The Valley of the Sauvebonne The prestigious Concours Général  Agricole Paris each year awards gold, silver and bronze prizes to agricultural produce across the country, but most notably the wine.  Most well-known internationally for its rosé, the Cotes de Provence label has been increasing in popularity.  Now it is winning medals for both red, white & rosé […]

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Johnny Wilkinson kicks Toulon into European Final

RCT Toulon Rugby make Amlin Challenge Cup Final A thrilling drop-goal finish from our Johnny saw Toulon beat Stade Francais 32-29 at Stade Mayol to send them into an all-French Final against Biarritz at Twickenham’s The Stoop on 18 May.  Let’s get as many supporters France or England-based there on the day to cheer Toulon […]

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Things to do in Hyeres for free!

A look at another corner of the Provence Cote d’Azur Spring has properly broken in the south and the temperature has already risen to a sunny 18-19 degrees albeit with a bit of a westerly wind.  Nevertheless people have decided to benefit with early holidays and Hyeres is an attractive destination.  So what can you […]

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Christmas in PACA Part II

Ice rinks galore! One might be surprised to know that one of the festive traditions here is for the local town hall to create an ice rink in the town centre as part of the Christmas festivities – yes I know 15 degrees, sun & ice rinks!  Here is the Place des Lices in St Tropez […]

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Christmas in PACA Part 1

Just because the temperature is still over 15 degrees, doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate Christmas! As the festive season arrives, each village prepares it’s illuminations & prepares for the numerous Christmas fairs across the region. We start in the west in Bandol where they have gone for big & bright with an enormous Father Christmas […]

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Bandol

Bandol is situated at junction 12 of the A50 motorway between Toulon (10 miles east) and Marseille (32 miles west).  The nearest airports are at Toulon-Hyeres 35 minutes to the south-east and Marseille Marignane around an hour to the north-west.  The TGV is available at Toulon and Marseille. Bandol is a coastal village that lives […]

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