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26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote D'Azur Paperback – Feb 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Beagle Bay Inc (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979279623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979279621
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.5 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,550,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4f3418c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0xa6cb5d80) out of 5 stars Where's MY Backpack? May 22 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western CÃ'te d'Azur is an illustrated guide that invites you to slow down, take a breath of fresh air and soak in the Western French Riviera's natural beauty. Author Chatzigianis is a long-time hiker who has spent many years scouting southern France for footpaths with stunning views, walks that lead to boat-accessible only inlets, and prehistoric sites rarely visited or seen.

This guide has stunning maps and photographs of the nature hikes. There is an introduction with points of interest for each hike. Hiking time, distance, difficulty level and elevation profile are included with each hike description as well as practical advice on when to go and what to take with you.

The descriptions of the hikes are vivid enough to make you want to go there, to see it for yourself.

You climb a short, steep hill behind the village of La Garde-Freinet. You cross a moat that is carved deep into the rock. Step back 800 years in time; you have entered the ruins of the ancient fortified stone settlement of Fort Freinet.

Whether you enjoy an evening walk through a chestnut grove to watch a monastery set aglow by the setting sun or a more vigorous hike up the red mountains to view the amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful guide of the Western Cote d'Azur.

The hikes range from an hour to half a day. I never knew some of these places even existed until I read this lovely guide. My interest has been peaked and I found myself daydreaming as I became absorbed in the photographs. My family may find themselves on a vacation soonâ"that only I have been dreaming of!

Armchair Interview says: Excellent book for hikers and dreamers
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa696e1bc) out of 5 stars Jus ok; March 18 2010
By Tired Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is more for the one hour stroller than for a more serious hiker. Glossy prints, heavy paper, beautiful photos all contribute to a nice book that is too heavy for serious hiking. This is more of a tourist guide than a hikers book
HASH(0xa5cde450) out of 5 stars Fabulous Guidebook Feb. 4 2008
By Rich & Sue Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My misperceptions of France have been corrected. Before reading "26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur" I thought of this region as an overpopulated playground of the rich and famous. I have now added hiking on the Cote d'Azur to my "must do" list.

Florence Chatzigianis has created a fabulous guidebook that lures you to the Mediterranean coast with color photos, color maps, and descriptions that paint a vivid picture in your mind's eye. In addition to listing route descriptions, distance, difficulty, and time required for each hike, she lists elevation change and even provides an elevation profile so you can see at a glance the changes in elevation you'll encounter.

Sidebars unravel the mysteries of cork harvesting, Roman mining operations, production of musical reeds, and other gems that provide a historical foundation for the walks. The walks themselves span from seaside strolls to mountain hikes. They provide you with views of the Mediterranean Sea, remains of Roman aqueducts, millstones left scattered across the countryside, sand beaches for clothing optional swims, and even a golden grass-filled lagoon. The walks are varied in terrain, scenery and cultural experiences. Florence proves you can escape from the crowded enclaves of the rich and famous and find solitude and an abundance of nature on the Cote d'Azur.

I can't wait to book a trip to France and use this book as my guide for day hiking across the beautiful Cote d'Azur.

Sue Freeman, avid hiker and author of 14 recreation guidebooks through Footprint Press, Inc.
HASH(0xa547de7c) out of 5 stars Twenty six half day hikes around France's beautiful coastline May 5 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An alternative tourist attraction could be found and would be well appreciated by nature lovers around the world - "26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur" is a compilation of guides for twenty six half day hikes around France's beautiful coastline along the Mediterranean Sea for any experience level. Packed with color photos and specifics of each trail such as its time, distance, difficulty and what you should bring in preparation, it is the flat out most comprehensive guide you can find on the subject, even covering the history of the area alongside information on the plantlife. "26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d'Azur" is highly recommended for armchair travelers and hiking enthusiasts destined to travel to southern France.
HASH(0xa519ce10) out of 5 stars I'm planning my next trip! April 15 2008
By S. Cofer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a connoisseur of hiking books and having spent a summer during college (many moons ago) exploring this region of France, I was drawn to this book about hiking the western Côte d' Azur. The book is lightweight, perfect for carrying or slipping into a backpack. The table summarizing hikes by difficulty, distance and terrain will prove particularly helpful. Other positive aspects in the book include the color photographs, the useful contact information and the interesting tidbits regarding history of the area, plants and the like. My only regret is that our vacation plans this year do not include the Côte d' Azur, so will have to postpone putting this book to use first-hand. Maybe next year . . .