1 Yes, you Cannes! The festival is nearly upon us (May 11) and the line up is looking good - here's how to get into the films for nowt.
2 Sweet smelling - a Grasse flower festival in the city of perfume - May 14-16.
3 Summer nights - a fantastic programme of FREE concerts throughout the Alpes-Maritimes - 2011 dates not yet issued but here is the link.
4 Asian Arts Museum- Nice - a real haven of peace - just opposite the airport. Free entry and year round fascinating exhibitions, plus a tea room.
5 Sail away - get to Saint Trop. before the glitterati and enjoy a feast of latin sails, at the end of May.
6 Walk the line anytime - or at least the Nice - Villefranche coastal path where you can rubber neck some of the most expensive real estate on the planet.
7 Volunteer - do something worthy - and join in schemes to clear up some of the mess that humans create, in the water on May 21st, or on land later in the season - Mountain Wilderness also organise clear-up weekends.
8 Correns Craic - the home of Brangelina but more importantly, a music festival every June.
9 Rocking in Roq - nearer to home - Denis has a weekend party in Sainte-Agnès at the end of April - music, yoga, fun....just take a picnic; plus free dances will take place again in Roquebillière, every Wednesday evening, in July/August. Get your dancing shoes on!
10 Getting around - use the €1 bus, the great bike or new shared car schemes, or hop on the train for £10 a day!!