Why the French Riviera?
After 16 years in Provence (Grillon 84) and after running a “Guesthouse & Dinner” for many years, we thought it was time for a change. We went on vacation to greet an old couple who have a small house in the small village of Olivetta san Michele, above Ventimiglia.
We had been there before, it’s a little paradise on earth. When we got there, the couple, 85 and 90 years old, told us that they could not stay because of their age and just put the house up for sale …. Bingo!
This was the moment we were waiting for and two days later we signed the pre-contract. Lucky, I say afterwards, that we didn’t know what we were getting into … An old stone house to renovate became a challenge that almost ruined us and put the relationship to the test.
Now, 7 years later, everything is almost finished. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world! And with a job at Wretman Estate! Who would have thought that!
The best ski station in the area?
I love the hiking and cross-country skiing paradise of Casterino, in the Roya Valley, above St Dalmas de Tende. Here you can hike in the summertime and discover the Parc de Merveille nature reserve with its prehistoric rock engravings.
In winter time you can go fantastic skiing trails, ski skiing, snowshoeing or even dog sledding! You think you have come to Canada! A pearl. And almost untouched by tourism …