La belle vie — 4 French Riviera travel tips

La belle vie — 4 French Riviera travel tips

The fragrant pines, golden sands and mellow Mediterranean waters of the French Riviera have proved magnetic for writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and artists like Pablo Picasso for generations.

Known by locals as the Cote d’Azur, this sublime strip stretches from uber-cool St. Tropez in the west to Menton near the Italian border in the east, and continues to trap film stars, culture vultures and traveling thrill seekers.

Although the Riviera is unmistakably French, its modern reputation as a hub for hedonism was founded by figures like the Fitzgeralds and their Jazz Age set in the 1920s — so in some ways, it’s an American invention.

If you’re planning a visit to this idyllic spot to sample la belle vie (the good life) here are four French Riviera travel tips.

  1. Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins

Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins are two separate towns that form one administrative area around the iconic Cap d’Antibes peninsula.

Visiting to the walled city of Antibes takes you through charming cobbled streets to cool cafes and chic boutiques and bars, then along the ramparts where high-end apartment balconies overlook the crystalline sea below.

Meanwhile, Juan-Les-Pins is a pretty party town that boasts Fitzgerald’s former home, the Hotel Belle Rives, as well as lively clubs, superb beaches and an annual international jazz festival.

  1. Cannes

Thanks largely to the cultural cachet of its international film festival, Cannes is where the film set gathers to swap notes with yacht-borne billionaires and exiled oligarchs.

But ordinary mortals can still afford to sip a cocktail at the Martinez or Carlton hotels and spot movie stars and super cars swooshing past on main drag La Croisette.

When you’re tired of the glitz, stroll up to Le Suquet — this is the town’s beautiful old district and it’s more laid back and less overtly ostentatious.

  1. Monaco

Strictly speaking, the tax haven of Monaco is an independent principality rather than a part of France, but it’s become an honorary part of the Riviera nonetheless.

If you want to see how the other half live, it’s well worth taking a day trip to Monaco to chill at the famous Casino de Monte Carlo, soak in the cool curves of the grand prix circuit and drool over the classic car collection of Prince Rainier III.

Monaco is a must-see location, so it’s worth stretching your budget for overpriced sandwiches and soft drinks for one day only.

  1. Getting there

Nice Cote d’Azur airport serves the entire region and if you’re sojourning from stateside, one stop flights are available from cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami and more.

Various carriers fly the route, so it’s best to browse a site like Kayak.com to compare prices and bag a bargain.

And whether you’re leaving from Seattle or Newark Liberty airport, leave your car stowed safely for the duration by finding airport parking at Looking4.com.

Follow our four tips for a French fancy vacation with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Do you have any French Riviera travel tips? Share them in the comments section.

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Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

Mount Abu – A Last-Minute Winter Getaway in Rajasthan

One & only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located in Aravalli Mountains that offers a gamut of surpassing scenic views, religious sites, and spots for people who’re looking for a romantic escape. Tourists head towards the destination for a pleasant weather to enjoy boating on Nakki Lake and to get rid of the scorching days at their locations or neighboring cities. Do go!

 

 

Some of you, dear readers, might be thinking that mostly I share my pleasurable experiences but if you look forward to a break over a period of time & planning to cover top hill stations in India, Mount Abu would comparatively be a mediocre choice. Winters are the best time to visit Mount Abu and highly advised if you really want to feel an arresting chill. Take a sweater along, and remember that nights might be quite cold.

Here, a list of must-go places from plethora of tourist spots in Mount Abu you shouldn’t miss –

  1. Dilwara Jain Temples –

Decorated with extraordinary carvings and hilly surroundings, this temple complex was built before 13th century which consists five Jain temples; Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple, Shri AdiNath Temple, Shri ParshavNath Temple, Shri Rishabdao Temple and Shri NemiNath Temple.

Opening Time: 12:00 PM
Closing Time: 06:00 PM
Open All Days with Free Entry

  1. Nakki Lake –

Associated with an interesting history, Nakki Lake is a major tourist attraction in Mount Abu or I can say the lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The center of attraction tops the list where some of the most photographed scenes include mesmerizing mountains and rocky formations that symbolize this quite cool place.

  1. Guru Shikhar –

A Hindu pilgrimage site located at the highest peak of Aravalli Range, Guru Shikhar is a tourist attraction in Mount Abu that leads them to the top of the mountain. A visit takes at least 2 hours and remember the timings; 9:00 AM to 5:00 in the evening. I recommend reaching early morning and witness the breathtaking sunrise.

  1. Achalgarh Village –

 A hamlet in Mount Abu has a beauty that’s enough to attract tourists. It is popular for a medieval monument – Achalgarh Fort and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple that is famous for having a Nandi which is said to be made of five metals, gold, silver, copper, zinc and brass.

  1. Adhar Devi Temple –

 A temple of Goddess Durga or Arbuda is another religious site situated in a cave and just 365 steep stairs away which offers a bird’s eye view of the town. The temple receives a gamut of tourists during the holy season of Navratri has been celebrated once a year and pilgrims from all over to witness this beautiful sight.

  1. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary –

 The oldest part of the hill station is also a home to a fantastic Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary not exclusively for nature lovers while for those who’re looking to make their experience in the forest a different one. The best thing about this untamed sanctuary remains its location – cut off from a level of bustle in Mount Abu.

Mount Abu is undoubtedly the best one in Rajasthan and on the list of best tourist attractions in India. Bordered by Gujarat, the town is easily reachable from any major city and Abu Road is the nearest railway station which is just 30km away. Tourists gave Mount Abu 4 out of 5 on Tripadvisor. A single click on LIKE button encourages us to serve you better while sharing the blog can motive a thousand of people for hitting the road because we all know that travel brings power and love back to your life.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Rajkot

Top 5 Things To Do In Rajkot

Rajkot is the 4th largest city and the heart of Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat. Mostly, vegetarians and foodie people live in the city, situated on the banks of the Aji River. If you are getting in touch with the city, you must consider these five things to experience in Rajkot.

Don’t miss the Gujarati Thali

If you are getting varieties of taste on your plate with butter milk and sweet daal or kadhi, you are in Gujarat and you must not miss these delicious things. Rajkot is a district comes under Kathiawar Region of Gujarat and one of the major spots for food and several types of dishes especially Kathiawari food.

The Grand Thakar (TGT) is a very famous multi-cuisine restaurant in Rajkot and well-known for its Gujarati Thali exclusively available at the time of lunch. Everyone should enjoy the unbeatable taste there with a price of Rs.270 lump sum.

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Enjoy Rides in Krishna Water Park

Not the only but one of the best picnic spots in Rajkot is Krishna Water Park which is located on NH 8-B, Kuvadva. It offers water playground for children, pendulum slide, wave pool, cyclone, octopus rides, multi lane water rides, and rain discotheque.

Do not forget to bring your Bermuda/Slack and T-shirt/Top as well as the towel otherwise you have to pay around Rs.200 to 240 with deposits. They charge Rs.120 (plus Rs.120 security deposit) for providing a locker. The entry fee is Rs.950 for adults and Rs.750 for children including food.

Take a Glimpse of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple

Rajkotians (citizens of Rajkot) are lucky because they have a magnificent temple called Swaminarayan Temple where they can find peace of mind. The temple is located on kalavad road in Rajkot and the most artistic & architectural temple you will ever see. A canteen named ‘Premvati Food Court’ provides a variety of dishes at reasonable prices in the temple premises.

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Varkala

Spend a Day in Pradhyuman Zoological Park

Here, you can spend your holiday well with your family because many rare species of animals and birds, and 35 thousand trees will be the center of attention so recharge your video camera’s battery if you don’t want to miss any activity there.

Visit Timings
9:00AM – 7:00PM
Closed on Fridays

Just take an autorickshaw or use Ola cab to get there from anywhere in the city. Entry fee is Rs.10 for adult and Rs.5 for children.

Have A Cup of Coffee in Café L.P.L

Love Peace Latte (LPL) Café is not so popular in the city but if you visit this food spot, neither you can avoid taking a cup of coffee nor you will skip a photography session there because the ambiance of the café is fiercely attractive. It is located on kalavad road near Sanjha Chulha in Rajkot. You can show some love through the link 

 

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I wanna make memories all over the world & would like to be richer in my life so I satisfy my strong desire to travel irresistibly & get some mind-boggling experiences because travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer. 

I am a health professional, traveler and content writer / blogger. I have completed my MBA from Rajasthan and currently working as a Regional Supply Chain Manager in Gujarat Medical Services Corporation.

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7 best places in the UK to enjoy a motorhome holiday

7 best places in the UK to enjoy a motorhome holiday

From the north to the south, there are lots of historic, scenic and lively places to visit in the UK in your motorhome. But what with so much choice around, where should you start? In this infographic, we have put together the best places you should visit for outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery and fascinating history.

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5 Nerve Tickling Road Trips in The Himalayas

5 Nerve Tickling Road Trips in The Himalayas

The words ‘Road Trip’ conjure images of fun and lifelong memories. The images of a long journey that stays intact in remembrance even after several years. Whether you are planning your next road trip with your friends or have decided to take the load on your shoulders alone, there is no denying that these journeys can often become life-altering experiences. Make not delay further if you need a road trip to calm your senses and refresh yourself.

Not only though road trips provide a medium to travel in style, they also let travellers find an escape from the pressures of everyday life in long rides across unknown yet calming destinations.

The Himalayan Road Trips are some of the most loved in the country. The scenery and the people found on the way contribute to the success of these travels as much as the traveller’s desire does. So pack your backpack and ask your friends to come along on your dream road trip as we make the process of choosing one easier with this list of five nerve tickling road trips in the Himalayas:

Manali – Leh

Manali - Leh

Manali – Leh

Photo by Silver Blue, CC BY 2.0

Moving through the world’s second highest motorable pass, Taglang-la, this will take you from the hill station of Manali in the Kullu valley to Leh, the dry city in the Himalayan landscape. The Leh-Manali road is a 479-kilometer long highway that is one of the most dangerous to travel on. Truly for adventure seekers, this trip can be even more rewarding if you take little detours and visit nearby towns on the way. The trip starts with mesmerizing views of the Rohtang Pass and the Chandra River, located around 50 kilometers away from Manali. Then you are led to Keylong’s quiet valleys and lush forests, and later to Jispa, the camper’s paradise. Jispa has stunning views of the Chandra River that you must see on your road trip. Zingzing Bar and Baralacha La in the Zanskar region are the next stops. The Gata Loops at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet and Karu are after that, with their views of the spectacular Himalayas. These places are well worth the time and effort spent on the road trip.

Shimla – Manali

Shimla - Manali

Shimla – Manali

Photo by _paVan_, CC BY 2.0

This trip via Lahul Spiti through the old Hindustan-Tibet road is well-loved among motorists who take up road trips in the area. This trip can we covered in 16 days and is best taken from July to September. Through lush pine forests and deep valleys, these trips will transport you to lands unimagined. Take your journey through Narkanda, Sarahan, Sangla, and Kalpa. See the village of Chitkul near Sangla and stay in an outdoor camp or guesthouse. Visit Kabo and the Ki monastery of Kaza; see the highest enduringly occupied village in the world- Kibber village at a height of 4200 meters. It is recommended to end this trip to Manali, spending a relaxing day after moving through Rohtang Pass.

Sach Pass- Pangi valley

Saach pass - Pangi valley

Saach pass – Pangi valley

Photo by Rupak Sarkar, CC BY-SA 4.0

A seven to eight-day trip to the Sach Pass can be started from Delhi. Ride or drive to Pathankot, Chamba, Killar, and Purti. In the Pangi valley, you can visit the beautiful villages of Mindhal, Parmar, Hundan, and Sural. End this trip via Rohtang Pass to Manali. This road trip will take you through waterfalls, snow covered peaks and stunning vistas of lush greenery. If you are a nature lover make sure you take this amazing ride of a lifetime as soon as possible.

Srinagar – Leh

Srinagar - Leh

Srinagar – Leh

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With its beautiful Dal Lake and Jhelum River, Srinagar is the most enchanted place to start with on a road trip. The 434-kilometer long Srinagar-Leh highway, also called NH-1D, is the perfect road for this adventure. This road is usually operational from mid-May to mid-November as it is covered in snow for the rest of the year. Make a point of stopping at Kargil to spend a night. This trip to Leh, takes you through the spectacular but highly dangerous Zoji La Pass which is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Guwahati – Tawang

Guwahati - Tawang

Guwahati – Tawang

Photo by Itrajib, CC BY-SA 4.0

This 515-kilometer trip can take anywhere from five to ten days depending on how many detours you are willing to take. While visiting Guwahati, one must also visit Tezpur and then the small town of Bhalukpong. At Bhalukpong, the Arunachal Pradesh security forces check for an Inner Line Permit (an ILP), so make sure you get that in order before you start on this journey. Head to the Dairang valley and see the scenic lakes and mountains. From here you can either take a little detour and visit the nearby villages on the way to Tawang or ride straight to your destination. An adventure of a lifetime, a road trip through the majestic Himalayan mountain range will make you realize how beautiful and pristine some parts of this world still are. Just make sure you pack well for the cold weather and stay safe on these sometimes-dangerous roads.

Author’s Bio:

Rohit Agarwal is a travel junkie and an adventure lover. He finds happiness when he is on the road and in search of new vistas. Tired of day jobs and city life, he now lives and works as a travel writer wandering in previously unexplored destinations. He has been published across several platforms and pens his journey and experiences on TransIndiaTravels.com.

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