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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

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

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

The French Flea Market I Almost Missed

The French Flea Market I Almost Missed

I was excited to read that there was a rummage sale in Nice this weekend – actually the French call it a Vide Grenier, which literally means to empty the attic – but whatever you call it, any scenario where people set up tables with mounds of cool, cheap, used, stuff is a dream come true … Continue reading

Insomnia

Insomnia

The worst has happened: I can’t sleep. What’s the big deal? You might ask. While insomnia may seem like no big thing, especially in the recent wake of a nine-hour time change, it is a huge deal for me. I can sleep anywhere, anytime. On a bus or a plane, or at a party… It’s … Continue reading

Settling In

Settling In

I arrived here in Nice on Tuesday and have been spending the past few days getting formally acquainted with the city. I’ve been to this part of France on a few holidays over the years, but the packed restaurants and bars and the stretches of eerily blue water feel a bit different now that I’m … Continue reading

The plan takes shape

The plan takes shape

“For rent: Beautiful 1 bedroom in Foggy Bottom.” I decided to move to The French Riviera on Tuesday June 28th and rented my apartment on Saturday July 2nd. The next call was to my boss: “I’m sorry to bother you on a Saturday, but I’ve decided to move to France.” I heard the words escaping … Continue reading