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The end of the journey

Yesterday I travelled back from Nice on Easyjet. It made me think how much air travel has changed in my lifetime. When I first took a plane in the 1960s there were no budget airlines and the choice was Air France or British European Airways. There was a first class and standard. Nice only had one [...]

April 29, 2023 // 0 Comments

Nice stay assessed

We are leaving on Friday and generally speaking it’s gone well. Inevitably there are hiccoughs. The boiler in the flat packed up this week, depriving of us of hot water for 24 hours until the grumpy concierge repaired it; the weather improved this week but the crowds mounting the staircase to the [...]

April 27, 2023 // 0 Comments

Cleaners of the world unite.

There is no doubt about it –  there is a universal cleaners’ mentality. Here in this flat the partner of the concierge cleans once a week. Yesterday she did so. After she left, there was much we could not find as cleaners tend to put stuff away in places they know, but not the user. [...]

April 18, 2023 // 0 Comments

French railways assessed

Yesterday I made a short journey from Nice to Cannes on French railways known as SNCF. It was not a customer friendly experience. So much so that I found myself praising Southern Fail. I arrived at Nice station in good time and my intention was to buy a ticket over the counter as I believed I was [...]

April 17, 2023 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Boccaccio and la Colombe d’Or

The past few days I have visited two of my favourite restaurants: Boccacio in the centre of Nice (rue Masséna) and la Colombe d’or in St. Paul de Vence, a 30 minute drive outside Nice. I walked straight past Boccacio because – as I remembered it – it never had an open air street [...]

April 14, 2023 // 0 Comments


Yes it’s good to be back in Nice. I was fortunate as my parents liked to travel and take me with them. They first came to the Côte d’Azur in the 1950s and apparently I nearly blinded my mother when I poked her in the eye. Fortunately they French had cortisone. We came back in the 60s. At that [...]

April 7, 2023 // 0 Comments

Nice in April

Once again the Rust Travel team are in Nice. The planning was not without its moments as Bob Tickler made it clear he did not like budget online airlines and I had booked us on Easyjet. He said every time he went online they tried to sell him something he neither wanted nor needed and the [...]

April 5, 2023 // 0 Comments

Eighteen months later: back behind the wheel again

As a senior citizen on the wrong side of 70 with – shall we say – an unfortunate propensity over the past fifty years for collecting “occupational hazard” speeding fines – I am often mocked by friends, family and acquaintances for the obvious reasons that since (generally) they are [...]

March 7, 2023 // 0 Comments

A Day in London (ugh)

When I moved some 9 years ago from Central London, where I had spent most of my life, to the south coast my closest friend – sadly no longer with us – took the view that I would be back in two years. Well, not only do I not regret my decision but I find London trips are highly-stressful [...]

March 2, 2023 // 0 Comments

The White Lotus

The White Lotus is now finished and the identity of body in the sea which opened episode one revealed. You could discern who it was in the last gripping 30 minutes but there were enough red herrings to keep you on the edge of the seat. That said, by general consent, the first series set in Hawaii [...]

December 15, 2022 // 0 Comments

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