Exploring Nice – ❤️ of the Riviera

Exploring Nice

We explored the French and Italian Riviera in the summer of 2019. We based our travels from Nice, the largest city of the Riviera. It is a popular tourist destination in Southern France with a busy harbor, cruise port and international airport.

Yachts parked by the Port of Nice. This is a popular starting point for many private trips across the French Riviera.

We drove into the city from Southern France and parked by the Port. Parking is convenient and within walking distance of boat tours and bus stop near the harbor.

Supercars galore at the Parking garage by the Port of Nice! A Lamborghini parked near the Porsche and Mercedes supercars seen below.
A Porsche 918 Spyder next to a Mercedes Benz AMG GT S
The harbor is popular with sightseeing mini cruises
Glenda and Simone enjoying the harbor view

Most of the city center is easier to navigate on foot than driving through congested traffic. We had lunch by one of many affordable street side cafe and visited the museum district and some antique shops.

Lunch was Panini and fresh garden salad at a roadside cafe
Garibaldi square at the heart of old Nice
Shops and cafe across from the museum of Modern Art
At the museum of Modern Art
An underground archaeological crypt near the art museum
The girls found an antique shop near the harbor
Glenda shopping some antique posters of Dali and Picasso’s shows

We also took a guided tour by van around Nice learning about the history and landmarks. The tour then took us to the outskirts of Nice and to the beautiful Riviera coastline into Villafranche, Ezze and Monaco.

On the tour of Nice
One of several sculptures located through out Nice city center
View of the neighborhoods on the outskirts of Nice on the road to Villafranche

Check out the accompanying video clip below to learn more about our trip.

Video – Exploring Nice

Blue Ridge Mountains – Pisgah National Forest

A trip through Pisgah National Forest on Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway is America’s longest linear park.

It runs for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It runs mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountain, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains range.

In this video blog we travel through the scenic Pisgah National Forest in some of the highest points of the Parkway.

Smoky Mountains Tour – Chatuge Lake, Nantahala Forest & Blood Mountain

A video blog of scenic Western North Carolina Mountains

The smokey Mountain range is one of the most popular national park in North America, located in North Carolina and part of the Appalachian range. There are several access ways to the Smokey Mountain park from North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

One such scenic route is through the town of Hayesville, North Carolina at the Georgia-North Carolina border. Together with Hiawasee on the Georgia side, the towns enclose the beautiful Chatuge lake, dotted with lakeside villas and picturesque mountains of the Nantahala Forrest.

Enjoy the scenic tour of this magical place in the video blog below!

Zahara, an Andalusian village

Tour of a famous white village in Andalusia, Spain

Zahara de la Sierra is a picturesque village in the province of Cádiz in Andalusia, southern Spain. Perched on a mountain, overlooking a valley and a man-made lake formed by a dam, this beautiful village is conveniently located between Seville and Ronda. It is considered to be one of the pueblos blancos or “white towns” because the overwhelming majority of the buildings are white.

Below is a photo gallery of our brief tour to Zahara.

The White Village of Grazalema, Andalusia, Spain

A brief tour of the white village of Grazalema

Grazalema is a village located in the northeastern part of the province of Cádiz, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Pinar mountain range.
During Muslim rule in the 8th century, the area acquired the name of Raisa lami Suli, “town of the Banu al-Salim”, place which passed to Ben-salama, “Son of Zulema and later Grand Zulema”. With the Christian conquest in 1485, the name morphed into Zagrazalema. It became economically important as of the 17th century thanks to the drapery industry which produced the famous shawls of Grazalema.

Today it is a famous tourist attraction and voted one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Enjoy the video below for a brief tour of this picturesque white village in Andalusia.