Friday, 5 August 2011


Got my PC back today, what a relief, collecting e-mails on the Blackberry is all very well and laptops are OK but I still prefer my trusty desktop machine. Anyway, amomgst other things I can get caught up with is "Edward Stalking"

Son and hier has been and gone from Barcelona and is now in Villefranche. Apparently the steeply terraced streets of this pretty centuries-old fishing village set against a densely wooded backdrop create a delightfully timeless picture. Despite its increasing popularity with tourists, Villefranche remains a small, relatively uncrowded resort with plenty of Gallic charm.

The centre is just behind Villefranche cruise terminal, across the road and up a series of steps. Along a maze of narrow cobbled streets, you will find chic boutiques and a choice of both cheap and expensive caf├ęs and restaurants. Alternatively, walk along the seafront to a long narrow beach which curls around the bay. Up some steps is the way to the neighbouring, almost Victorian-style resort of Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Villefranche is a convenient base from which to explore the French Riviera and Cote dAzur and the medieval villages of Eze and St Paul-de-Vence.

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