Archive | May, 2010

Trout, I know

D and I sat down for lunch in the summer kitchen with les parents yesterday afternoon.  While still warm outside, we have quite a few clouds hovering overhead.  (Piglet, do you have the sun there?)  Lunch was very good as usual; la mamie is a very good cook and even the simple meals are a […]

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FFF – Rosé wine

I came.  I saw.  I drank rosé wine.     Ah, rosé — so girly, so youthful.  When I was younger I recall that most of my girlfriends were all agog for White Zinfandel.  It was the wine and the boyfriends would woo their girlfriends with this pale pink, sweet wine from California.  I wasn’t a big fan […]

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Overture, curtains, lights…

Those who know me well know that I have a song for everything.  Today is no exception.  I’m channeling Loony Tunes right now so if you know the tune you can sing along.  (And yes, I know all the words.)    It’s all about openings and beginnings here in Coustellet.  I’m talking about no greater occasion […]

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Coup de coeur – revisited

Here’s a simplified version of our apartment hunting in Nice. Step 1:  find an apartment. Step 2:  provide the estate agent with paperwork. Step 3:  move in. Simple, right?  Sure.  During our 5 days on the coast D and I visited 11 different apartments.  We actually were scheduled to visit 13 but in one case, […]

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FFF – Coffee

Coffee.  Joe.  Java.  Liquid Energy. Here in France we simply call it café. Now, before you get ahead of yourself and order yourself a cup of coffee, you first need to know what you’re ordering.  You seriously didn’t think you were going to jump off that transatlantic flight, jet-lagged and weary, and walk into the nearest […]

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Coup de coeur

Tuesday was the day where everything changed. On our agency tour on Tuesday, we met with Mme D who works at a real estate agency in Cagnes-sur-Mer.  After explaining our requirements, Mme D first told us that she only had one apartment but that it was currently being renovated.  (The last tenants left their mark it […]

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The search continues: Days 2 and 3

Tuesday.  Apartment search in Nice.  Maps and listings in hand, D and I left our hotel and headed straight to downtown Nice.  After parking our car, we had a list of several agencies we wanted to visit and we wasted no time.  The agencies in Nice seem to be the ones cornering the market in […]

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Welcome to the Côte d’Azur!

Now, this is more like it.  D and I left les parents on Monday morning.  We left a little later than planned as D had some work to do before we hit the road.  Les parents were sad to see us go but are happier that we’ll be two hours away by car than 8 […]

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Tanya – fighting crime in Nice…Seriously!

What a day!  D and I met with one of several agents today in our search for our new home.  (More on the apartment search in a separate post but suffice it to say that this apartment definitely did not have that coup de coeur!)  We stopped at the train station in Nice where two […]

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Nice, watch out ’cause here we come!

The bags are packed…well, my bags are packed.  We have our route mapped out and a list of agencies in hand.  At this point, we haven’t really settled on where we want to plant roots for this stage of the game.  Do we want to be in Nice proper or do we want more bang […]

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