Here are some other services, all run by good friends, that can help to make your stay in Europe even more enjoyable:
My good friends Matt and Gayle manage many apartments on the French Riviera, all with great locations and comfortable furnishings. You can count on them to make you feel at home during your stay in Nice or along the coast.
Several apartments are available in the Old Town, near where Les Petits Farcis cooking classes take place. Their websites also contain a wealth of useful information about the area. For apartments in Nice visit Nice Pebbles; for apartments on the Riviera see Riviera Pebbles.
So you’ve fallen in love with Nice and want to invest in your own apartment? You can count on the friendly English-speaking team at Nice Pebbles to guide you through the process, from visiting apartments to making sense of the paperwork.
You’ve done it: you own an apartment or villa on the French Riviera! This is where the wonderful Dorine and her team come in, helping with everything from renovations and repairs to meeting and greeting renters to watering the plants. You couldn’t be in better hands.
If you would like to stay in the Negresco area, Richard Huysers rents his lovely one-bedroom apartment year-round.
Erica Berman has impeccable taste and it shows in the selection of holiday apartments and villas her company offers in Paris, Provence and Tuscany. She also writes an entertaining and informative blog, hipparis.com.
If you like to travel in style, the City Apartment Book offers luxury accommodation in Paris and on the Côte d’Azur.
Walking the coastal paths is one of the best ways to appreciate the French Riviera. Carlo, the enthusiastic founder of The Blue Walk, offers self-guided itineraries and guided walking tours in this area. After a morning hike (no boots required), you’ll be free to explore the beautiful towns – and feel justified in enjoying the food!
This beautiful studio run by the lovely Céline offers classes in several different style of yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin and Ashtanga. Many of the classes are held in English, and you can also sign up for weekend workshops and a month-long teacher training in August.
My great friend Melanie writes this informative, entertaining and occasionally cheeky insider’s guide to Nice. From visiting an authentic hammam to going snowshoeing in the nearby mountains, she’ll introduce you to aspects of local life that you never knew existed.
Written by my dear friends Kathryn and Tristan, this is an entertaining, up-to-date guide to Provence and the Cote d’Azur.
The brainchild of Silke Wolf, this website is about inspiring discoveries all over the world, with sections on fashion, food and drink, lifestyle and travel. Silke focuses on small businesses that can help us save money even as we expand our horizons.
Canadian Ben Lam, a Paris resident, has decided to make sense of the often confusing French train system on his comprehensive website. You’ll find information on using the Paris Métro and the RER, and travelling between various French cities by train – which is my preferred method of getting from Nice to Paris, where I run the custom food itinerary company Edible Paris.
Thoroughly researched and entertainingly written, the Time Out guides will give you the confidence to tackle any major city. I currently write restaurant reviews for the Time Out Paris website, which is mostly in French but with some English content.
My good friend Paule Caillat takes small groups on market tours, followed by a hands-on cooking class in her home in the heart of Paris.
Paule is a warm and entertaining person who goes to great lengths to explain how her scrumptious French recipes can be reproduced at home.
Judy Witts Francini is truly a Diva of Tuscan cooking! In the spirit of Les Petits Farcis and Promenades Gourmandes, she offers market tours, hands-on cooking classes and gourmet tours in Florence and Chianti.
My friend Susan Loomis, author of several authoritative cookbooks on French cooking including The French Farmhouse Cookbook (Workman) and most recently Cooking at Home on Rue Tatin (Morrow Cookbooks), offers fascinating week-long programs at her gorgeous former convent in Louviers, Normandy.