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What to read: Grounded

What to read: Grounded

Today’s Tip: Grounded I read this book a few years ago and found it utterly inspiring. Seth Stevenson and his wife embarked on an epic journey – with a twist. Not only did they decide to cash in their 9-5 lives in exchange for an adventure that would take them around the world, but they … Continue reading

The view from the window seat

The view from the window seat

I always like to get a window seat if I can.  Not only so I can lean my head against the vibrating wall on long haul flights, but also for the view. A few years ago, I was flying somewhere from San Francisco, I forget where, and I happened to look out the window just … Continue reading

The best kanafeh in the world?

The best kanafeh in the world?

Nablus in the West Bank in Palestine is known for a sweet called Kanafeh.  I’d never tried it, and wanted to see more of the region, so the Englishman and I hopped in the car and made the 45 minute journey north to sample what is thought of as the best Kanafeh there is. In … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Top Travel Tip: U Castellu – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s tip: U Castellu Guest-rooms Algajola, Corsica is a tiny coastal town with a permanent population of around 300 people.  It embodies perfectly the combination of wild, rugged, natural, beauty and European culture that defines the French island of Corsica. Being such a tiny place, you won’t find many big hotels here, but there are … Continue reading

Overgrown eyebrows abroad

Overgrown eyebrows abroad

I don’t consider myself a particularly high maintenance person. The Englishman may disagree with me here, but relatively speaking, I think I keep my primping and preening time to a minimum. I do however have a couple – shall we say – up-keep regimens that I like to try to adhere to no matter where … Continue reading

Planes, trains, and ferryboats

Planes, trains, and ferryboats

Sitting on the pebbly beach in Nice, you can watch the huge yellow and blue Corsica Ferries coming and going from the port. For years the Englishman and I said we should go someday. So last summer, after I decided to embark on this crazy adventure, and had arrived in Nice, we finally went. It … Continue reading

Best laid plans…

Best laid plans…

Travel can be one of the most rewarding, exciting, and in some cases luxurious ways to spend one’s time. It can also be frustrating, difficult and downright miserable. And that switch from good to bad can happen in the blink of an eye. The mountain of travel plans I have stacked up for this summer … Continue reading

Setting sail for a summer of travel

Setting sail for a summer of travel

The only word to describe Nice at the moment is: glorious. The summer is in full Mediterranean bloom and the weather is beyond perfect. The deep aqua sea is putting on its best sparkle for the hordes of visitors who stare in awe and the magic golden sunshine saturates every corner of the city until … Continue reading

Paper-thin Walls

Paper-thin Walls

When I tell people I live in the south of France, I am met by jaws slack with envy and any number of variations on “must be nice” in reply. And to be sure, there are plenty of wonderful things about living here. It is indeed very nice. But I don’t live in the south … Continue reading

How to Make Long Distance Work: Move Closer.

How to Make Long Distance Work: Move Closer.

The Englishman and I said our last goodbye over two months ago at the airport in San Francisco.  Fittingly, we said hello again last week at the airport in Nice. The two of us have had countless rendezvous in airports all over the world: from Cairo, to Rome, to Tel Aviv, to London and Portland, … Continue reading

Facing My Fear… of the Post Office

Facing My Fear… of the Post Office

I am terrified of the post office.  There I said it.  Ridiculous, I know, but its true. Its not that it’s difficult to get to, there is one two blocks from the apartment.  I pass by it most days on my way to the beach or the grocery store or wherever.  But I’m afraid to … Continue reading

…And I’m back. In Nice.

…And I’m back. In Nice.

After 35 hours in transit I made it back to Nice and the city has welcomed me with glorious, bright, warm, sunny weather. Despite all of my traveling, I have yet to figure out how to pack light.   This is a cause of great consternation for the Englishman, who manages to never bring more than … Continue reading

The Adventure Continues

The Adventure Continues

More than four months after touching down in the US, I have finally booked my flight back to France. I have spent nearly as much time back here on the west coast as I have in France in the past months, which strictly speaking was not part of the plan. But it feels good to … Continue reading

Lost in Portland

Lost in Portland

When I planned my escape from Washington all those many months ago, I wasn’t thinking that far into the future. After all, it was only a matter of weeks between the day I hatched my plan to flee the confines of my desk, and the day I actually arrived in the French Riviera. I was … Continue reading

Back in the US

Back in the US

It feels like a long time since I’ve set foot on US soil. I have become used to stumbling through the little difficulties of living in a foreign country.  Having to try three different ways of saying something before being understood has become second nature.  I forgot how easy and comfortable it is to be … Continue reading

Coming Home to France

Coming Home to France

After a month of traveling in the West Bank and Israel with a couple of pit stops in Paris, I have returned to Nice and am surprised by how glad I am to be “home”. Everyone feels relived to return from a long trip; to be able to sleep in your own bed and do … Continue reading