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Top Travel Tip: Sunflower Restaurant, San Francisco

Top Travel Tip: Sunflower Restaurant, San Francisco

Today’s tip: Sunflower Restaurant Sunflower is a tiny hole-in-the-wall Vietmaese restaurant in San Francisco.  They actually have two locations, one in the Mission and one in Potreto Hill. You could easily pass this place by, writing off the shabby storefronts as any other run-of-the-mill place. There isn’t much ambiance- when I brought my mom here, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Pavilion, London

Top Travel Tip: The Pavilion, London

Today’s tip: The Pavilion London is full of fabulous parks. But Victoria Park in East London might be my favorite. Overshadowed by the more famous Hyde Park and others,VIctoria Park feels almost private a lot of the time. With vast, perfectly manicured green lawns, grand, towering trees of every texture, size and shape, walking and … 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

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.

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

Five Bakeries in Three Blocks

Five Bakeries in Three Blocks

This lovely little boulangerie has everything from baguettes to fruit-filled tarts, and two little tables out front that catch the afternoon sun. The woman behind the counter is always friendly, and at €1 for an espresso, it’s the best deal in town. I adore this bakery. Their pastries, sandwiches, pizzas and quiches are out of … 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

Getting to Know the Neighborhood

Getting to Know the Neighborhood

My neighborhood here in Nice feels like a little microcosm of modern France. From my balcony I can see the ethnic diversity and historical layers that make up the area.  I love the combination of cultures that come together here.  As I try to make this foreign city home, I am in good company with … 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

The Affair

The Affair

I could barely contain my excitement as I ran-walked to the train station to visit my newfound amour. I felt a little sheepish as I bid my French teacher au revoir, but as I boarded the train and settled in for the 40-minute journey, the guilt was immediately replaced by anticipation. Velvety rich cappuccinos, steaming … Continue reading

Learning to Budget

Learning to Budget

I have been in France for nearly a month now, and the Englishman has gone back to work, so I am on my own for the first time, and the vacation is over. I have vastly overblown my resources in the past few weeks, flitting around Nice and Corsica and Italy as if I am … Continue reading