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Attention Les Gazelles

Attention Les Gazelles

In the blink of an eye, my two years in France have come and gone. Nice and I have had a classic romance: I was infatuated with the light and the color when I arrived and then reality set in and I had to work hard to learn the language and ingratiate myself in order … Continue reading

My French teacher thinks I’m a prude

My French teacher thinks I’m a prude

Madame Perruque was on fire this week. We were continuing our critiques of magazine ads and Juliet, an impossibly tall, thin, Cuban woman  – who looked like she had just breezed off the pages of Cosmopolitan herself – made her way to the front of the class. Her choice was a steamy, full page ad … Continue reading

What does an American wolf say?

What does an American wolf say?

I’m part way through my second semester of French classes and truth be told, I’m in over my head. Things have accelerated quickly and I have the distinct feeling that the students folded into the chairs around me understand a lot more than I do. I like being in school though and I figure even … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Les Distilleries Ideales, Nice

Top Travel Tip: Les Distilleries Ideales, Nice

Les Distilleries Ideales is my favorite bar in Nice.  It’s in the old city with prime real estate on a busy corner with delightful early evening sun. They have a full drinks menu complete with cocktails and whiskey, but most people come here for the beer.  There is a good selection of imported beers on draught … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: l’Opéra de Nice

Top Travel Tip: l’Opéra de Nice

Today’s Tip: Nice Opera House With the miles of beaches, dozens of museums and endless restaurants to offer, going to the opera isn’t the first thing you might think of when imagining a visit to Nice.  It should be. Located in Nice’s old city just steps from the sea front, the gorgeous opera house is … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Today’s Tip: Chez Palmyre – Nice, France If you only eat at one restaurant in Nice, it should be Chez Palmyre.  This place is the whole package; the atmosphere is perfect, the food is amazing, the service is great and the price is right. The tiny hole in the wall is absolutely adorable, and its … 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

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

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