Bandol winery tour

When you say Bandol, you say rosé wine. Bandol is the capital of the most prestigious French wines and especially French rosé. The Bandol wineries region, La Cadière-d’Azur, is the only wine region in the world that is dominated by the Mourvèdre grapes. My vacation in Bandol therefore had to include a tour past different vineyards and wineries. In fact, it'll be hard to ignore them if you are driving around because they are literally everywhere. With my Sunny Cars rental car, packed … [Read more...]

Postcard pictures from île des Embiez

ile des Embiez

The island of Embiez, or île des Embiez in French, is one of those islands you don't want to leave. After visiting the French island Porquerolles last year, I was determined to find an equally blissful experience this year. I love the beaches on the Côte d'Azur, don't get me wrong, but I was looking for more natural surroundings and more intimate, smaller coves.  The French call them criques (pronounce as creeks). Thanks to a local wine farmer I visited the day before, I was directed to île des … [Read more...]

Côte d’Azur Travel Tip: Le Castellet

If you are one of my regular readers you must have noticed that I have a soft spot for small, quaint villages. Wherever I travel in Europe I try to discover these little gems that can satisfy my photography addiction and nurture my wanderlust. I just love to feed my curiosity as I roam the streets and meander into backstreets and hidden courtyards. So while staying in Bandol, a French seaside town, I also ventured into the backland to the medieval village Le Castellet. I had read and heard a lot … [Read more...]

5 Tips for visiting the ancient city Ephesus in Turkey

Ephesus

Visiting Ehpesus should be on everybody's bucket-list. For one because it's Europe's best preserved ancient city. But also because it enriches your view on history, on culture, on life, on humanity and on what is possible. I'm still in awe after seeing the remnants of this immense and spectacular built city. Ephesus was once the commercial center with a population of 33-56,000 people. Built in the 10th century BC in the Greek era, it really started flourishing under the Roman empire in 129 BC. … [Read more...]

Day trip from Kusadasi: Sirince

Sirince

Yesterday I shared my top 10 of things to do in Kusadasi. Today I would like to zoom in on one of the tips: a visit to Sirince village. Sirince, which means 'pretty' is a charming little village in the mountains. On a height of 600 meters, in the back-land of Izmir and Kusadasi it is a popular destination for tourists to get a taste of a traditional Turkish town. Its signature architecture of white Greek houses remind us that it was once an Ottoman Greek settlement. However after WWI there … [Read more...]

10 Things to do in Kusadasi

Dilek National Park

Kusadasi might be renowned for being a seaside resort town, but there is so much more to see and do in the area. Whether you opt for an organized, guided tour or explore the region individually, you will be amazed by the cultural heritage sites, quaint small villages and beautiful nature. 1. Visit the ancient city Ephesus A visit to Kusadasi would not be complete without visiting the ancient city Ephesus. Ephesus was in ancient times an ionic port city and trade center. Due to its … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Hôtel Le Delos on île de Bendor

Hotel Delos Ile de Bendor

During my latest trip to the Côte d'Azur I stayed in one of the most charming hotels I have ever stayed in. Hôtel Le Delos is located on the tiny island Bendor, 5 minutes ferry trip off the coast of Bandol's harbour. Bendor island, or île de Bendor, is owned by Paul Ricard, who is famous for his signature French liquor Pastis; an anise flavoured spirit. The small island has five restaurants, a beach, an artist village with shops, an art gallery and two museums. It's a traffic free island, … [Read more...]