• Crete
  • Hiking Samaria Gorge

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    Crete has a lot of gorgeous gorges, but Samaria Gorge is the most popular one to hike. Hiking Samaria Gorge is a great alternative to a beach day. The start of the hike offers vistas of surrounding mountains and is very steep. It is beautifully scenic, but that also makes it a common tourist attraction (even in the shoulder seasons). […]

  • Italy
  • Camping in Italy

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    From Menton it was about a 5 hour drive to our campsite in Italy. Camping Village San Giusto was quite rural, which we loved. It was situated between Pisa and Florence, and directly above Sienna. We chose this location as a central base from which to explore those areas. The campsite was quiet and had good and clean facilities, including electricity. […]

  • France
  • The Pearl of France

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    Nicknamed the Pearl of France, Menton is well-situated between mountains and the Med. The city was ruled by the Princes of Monaco until the French Revolution. It rejoined Monaco in 1814 and then separated from Monaco again about 40 years later. Apparently this was partly due to the tax that was being imposed on lemon […]

  • France
  • Menton Beachfront

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    The sunny south of France obviously has a sense of charm, attracting tourists and socialites from near and far to crowd beaches and flood cities. We avoided Nice and Antibes because of the crowds, parking and general tourist madness in June/July, but Menton was pretty laid-back at this time of year. I really loved the architecture, pastel buildings and warm colours […]