Great Escape to île de Bendor in the Côte d’Azur

ile de Bendor

I'm a real island girl so whenever I get a chance to escape to one, I do. This summer I discovered the most adorable little island just 5 minutes off the coast of Bandol in France. Ile de Bendor, or Bendor island, is also called ' the island of arts'. It was bought by Paul Ricard in the 1950s when it was nothing more than rocks, barren and wild greenery. Paul Ricard transformed the island into a Mediterranean garden with peaceful seaside walking routes, lush gardens and colourful … [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: a day trip to Île de Porquerolles

Ile de Porquerolles

The highlight of my holiday in the Côte d'Azur was my day trip to the island Porquerolles - in French: Île de Porquerolles. I found it so beautiful and peaceful that I literally teared up while I was there. The unspoilt island is boasting with deserted coves, and white sandy beaches with the clearest water you have ever seen. It is like a little piece of Paradise on earth. But that's not all. Île de Porquerolles is besides a tropical beach destination also a haven for nature lovers, bikers and … [Read more...]

Unique dining experience on Vuurtoren Eiland (Lighthouse island)

Last week I had the most unique dining experience ever. I had a sunset dinner on Vuurtoren Eiland, which translates Lighthouse island. The deserted island is a one-hour boat ride from the Amsterdam shore, and exclusively for guests who booked this experience. There are limited spots available so it does take endurance and patience to score a ticket for this much coveted restaurant. The restaurant is only open in summer and organizes weekday dinners and Sunday lunches. The only way to get to the … [Read more...]