Tagged with france

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

Ask Katie: Solo, Summer Travel in Europe?

Ask Katie: Solo, Summer Travel in Europe?

This week’s question is about affordable, Europe, solo travel ideas for June: Hi Katie I need some travel advice, have 10 days in june that I’m taking off.  I want somewhere in Europe that’s quick, cheap and warm. I don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I do want a new, interesting, fun place where … Continue reading

Subtle is good too

Subtle is good too

Spring is slowly emerging here, but there is not much springing taking place yet.  My local friends tell me it will be another month or so before the warm weather is here to stay. I’ve been longing for summer with its sultry heat, rich, saturated colors and seemingly endless hot, still, nights. Spring is more fleeting, … 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

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: Arlequin Gelati

Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Today’s Tip: Arlequin Gelati – Nice, France One could be forgiven for mistaking gelato as a local delicacy in Nice. While there are no Starbucks to be found here, It’s hard to walk a block without passing a gelato spot. I am of the firm belief that Arlequin is the best in town.  Roberto, the proud proprietor of the shop, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica

Top Travel Tip: A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s Tip: Restaurant A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica Restaurant A. Rotta is understated, casual, and welcoming with outrageously beautiful views just like the Ile de Beaute itself. All the way at the far end of Algajola’s powdery white sand beach there is a no frills sign alerting passers by of something called “Snack A. Rotta” Truth be told, it … Continue reading

Bastia’s beautiful signs

Bastia’s beautiful signs

The Englishman and I are planning a trip to Corsica this summer, and I have been getting excited thinking about another visit to what has become one of my absolute favorite places in the world. On our first trip to the gorgeous French island a couple of years ago, we spent a few of days … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Sidi Bou Said

Top Travel Tip: Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said – Nice, France This seemingly ordinary storefront in one of Nice’s grittier neighborhoods is a diamond in the rough.  Save for the delicate blue and green Middle Eastern tiles around the door frame, this place blends in with the discount clothing and light bulb shops around it , but the humble doorway … Continue reading

3 months of travel in 3 minutes

3 months of travel in 3 minutes

Last year I was lucky enough to spend three whole months traveling.  I nearly made it all the way around the world from Europe, to the Middle East, through the US and around South East Asia. I saw some wonderful places, met fascinating people, and got to celebrate a few milestones with good friends. I … Continue reading

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

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