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Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Today’s tip: La Part des Anges, Nice France Finding a good place to eat in Nice can be a challenge.  While there are an incredible number of cafe’s, brasseries and restaurants in this city it’s hard to separate the tourist traps and rip offs from the gems. This cosy wine bar is definitely the latter. … Continue reading

Don’t forget to look up

Don’t forget to look up

After living somewhere for a while, even a place as beautiful as the south of France, its easy to start to takes things for granted. I’ve been in Nice long enough now to finally have my own little routines and rituals but along with the comfort of knowing a place, I realized I was starting to … Continue reading

The French Honor System?

The French Honor System?

Since arriving in France, I have been riding the trains, trams and busses with abandon.  I love good public transportation, and Nice has it in spades.  But shortly after getting here I started to wonder if anyone was ever going to ask to see my ticket, and if not, why did anyone bother to buy … Continue reading

Les Étourneaux de Nice

Les Étourneaux de Nice

It’s Christmas in Nice and the French Rivera doesn’t do things on a small scale.  The decorations are in place and there are so many lights twinkling here every night it feels like the sun never sets. But the most impressive spectacle I’ve seen so far, are Les Étorneaux – or the Starlings – that fly … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Merci, Paris

Top Travel Tip: Merci, Paris

Today’s Tip: Merci, Paris This shop / cafe/ restaurant in Paris’ 3rd Arrondissement is the pinnacle of Parisian chic.  There are three floors, with the bulk of the clothing, smaller items, and adorable cafe on the main floor, larger furniture up top, and the restaurant is downstairs. Merci stocks a wide variety of things, from … Continue reading

Step away from the door

Step away from the door

It’s taken me more time than it should have to get to where I am with my French.  I am still struggling with the basics, but I am finally starting to be able to have simple conversations with people.  And my newly minted French voice is opening all kinds of doors for me both figuratively … Continue reading

The last day for flip-flops in Nice.

The last day for flip-flops in Nice.

After my discouraging first day at school, things have been looking up considerably.  I am loving my class so far and miraculously I feel like my French is finally starting to improve. I never did find the elusive “U” bus but I managed to find the 22, which works just as well. I started off … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: French flea markets

Top Travel Tip: French flea markets

Top Travel Tip: treasure hunting in the côte d’azur The French Riviera is famous for its sultry, hot summers but Autumn here is spectacular too – especially if you love second hand shopping. Fall is vide grenier season in Provence, when the area becomes a treasure hunter’s paradise. The phrase vide grenier translates to clearing … Continue reading

The mysterious curse of room 235b

The mysterious curse of room 235b

I felt optimistic as I climbed the steep hill leading up to campus for my first day of school. I am attending the Corlone campus – one “e” away from being Nice’s mob school- which houses the languages department of Nice University. The Faculty of Lettres, or le fac as it is called, consists of … Continue reading

A rolling stone

A rolling stone

It has been just over one year since I decided I’d had enough of Washington, DC and set off on this adventure.  Since then I have been to seven countries and countless cities.  I have traveled by plane, train, subway, boat, motor scooter, bike, car, bus, and on foot.  I’ve lounged poolside, hiked up volcanoes, … Continue reading

Zipping up the suitcase again

Zipping up the suitcase again

No matter how long a visit, I have with the Englishman, I never seem to realize it will come to and end, until its time to say goodbye. This time we had a full month in each other’s company. Something of a record for the past few years. We certainly crammed a lot into the … 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

To coffee, with love

To coffee, with love

Coffee is an integral part of travel. It is for me anyway. From the first piping hot cup in the morning, to the afternoon pick me up, or the punctuation after a particularly wine infused lunch or dinner, coffee is a daily ritual I love to partake in.

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