Ligurian treasury dying?

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On a sunday afternoon I'm invited for a tour in the Ligurian hills just behind the beaches and auto strada. This is the region od small farmers with olive yards and vegetable gardens a few hundred meters above sea level. The roads have the size of one car and a mirror in every curve. My inviter ask...

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Fireworks Montecarlo

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New Year's Eve is a family celebration in Liguria. Families come together in the homes of their parents and have delicious diners with wild meat, nuts, olives and salads. Mostly the weather is sunny and between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. In the afternoon everybody is on walk along the seaside. In...

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Claude Monet on the Riviera

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Old villages and cities on the Riviera like Antibes, Vence and Sanremo were a favorite living place of famous painters such as Picasso, Monet, Boudin, Matisse and Renoir during wintertime. There is a brochure ‘route des peintres’ at local tourist offices. With this map you can follow the places...

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The royalty hotels on the Riviera

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Dreams of the present, past and future are along the coastline from Cannes till Sanremo in the form of art deco hotels. Along the beach road La Croissette in Cannes, le promenade des Anglais in Nice and the Avenue d’Ostende in Monaco you pass many white art deco hotels from the early 20th...

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Surprising markets in Liguria

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You can buy excellent vegetables, nuts, fruits, bread etc on the open markets in Liguria. Especially the big friday market in Ventimiglia near the French border is famous. It’s only 20 minutes from Monte Carlo and offers you the great tastes of Italy and a wonderful chaotic but laidback...

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Where to find the best pizza?

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A pizzeria can be found on any street corner in Italy, but where to find the right quality for a good price, that is the question. My answer based on a recent experience: where you would not expect to find it. As I just left the Mercato, in Bordighera, an Italian man was waving at me to enter...

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A garden of Eden

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An almost hallucinating view on the snow-covered Alps. At the foot of a steep slope you will find the pittoresque Mediterranean harbour of Theoule, not far from the tempting and mundane Cannes. In this scenery an iconic new villa, drawn by architect Bracco, has been built on top of the rocks. At...

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