About me


A little about me

In January 2010 I left my job of 12 years to find my bliss.  Two months later, after several discussions D, my fiancé, and I decided that this bliss included a transatlantic move.

The move meant selling my condo and leaving the city I grew up in — Toronto, Canada — leaving my family and friends for a city I knew little about:  Nice, France.

Are you wondering why we chose Nice?  Well, who can say no to the sunshine and the blue skies of the Côte d’Azur.  Besides, D had always wanted to live in Nice and I am a girl of the sun.

Tanya in Transition

I started this blog as a way to document the challenges and the rewards that were a part of our move.  And there have been a lot of both.  Of course, I’ve been able to get out and see other cities in the South of France.  My favourite reasons to be in Nice, however, are the change of pace and the food.  Oh yes, the food!  Nice has two great markets and lots of restaurants.

I also get to travel a fair bit, which also means that I get to try foods and markets in other cities in France and in Europe.  This feeds my other love: photography.

So, come along with me as I share with you my favourite tastes and sights!

32 Comments on “About me”

  1. March 4, 2010 at 4:44 AM #

    Welcome to blogland, Tanya! And soon, welcome to France, too! Good luck with the move. It will definitely be a journey…

  2. statusviatoris
    May 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM #

    Hello Tanya! I just wanted to wish you all the best with you move. I lived near Nice for over five years and had a ball. I’m sure you will too. I’m just over the border in Italy now. Bon voyage et bonne continuation!

    • May 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM #

      Thanks for your kind words. I have the best hubby-to-be and I know the future will be challenging but full of fun and laughter!

  3. June 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM #

    Welcome to Nice. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

    • June 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM #

      Hi Delorys! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the welcome. Nice seems like my kind of place and I’m looking forward to getting to know the city better.

  4. marguerite
    June 28, 2010 at 12:23 AM #

    awesome. this blog is great. i myself am obsessed with all things french and am looking to make the move by the end of this year.

    • June 28, 2010 at 3:32 PM #

      Hi Marguerite! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the compliment.
      I haven’t found anything truly French that I don’t love! 🙂
      Good luck with your move as well. We’re still in the midst of our move and I will continue to document as I go. Thanks again for reading!

  5. August 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM #

    I just found you via Le Petit France blog, and I’m so happy I did! Looking forward to reading about your adventures settling into life here 🙂

    • August 3, 2010 at 10:45 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by Sara! Yeah, I think I found you through Piglet; love your blog too! It’s been a crazy 4 months and we’re just under way. I, too, can’t wait for the next adventure! 🙂

  6. August 14, 2010 at 10:28 PM #

    I’m originally from Toronto too! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in Nice! ^_^

    • August 14, 2010 at 11:08 PM #

      I know! I was so happy to read from aother Torontonian! I’m looking forward to following you along on your move too! Good luck with the job interviews and all! And thanks for stopping by!

  7. August 22, 2010 at 8:37 PM #

    Ahhh!! Another J’can in Europe! 😉 Nice blog.

    • August 23, 2010 at 10:42 AM #

      Yes! Yet another J’can in Europe! Thanks for stopping by. I found your blog via Geeky ChiChi and have enjoyed the read. Congrats on the scholarship and all and good luck in the Netherlands!

  8. Oneika aka Nikita the Traveller
    October 24, 2010 at 2:32 AM #

    Hey! I’m another Canadian (of Jamaican extraction) who just stumbled across your blog. I used to live in Nice for a year so I am loving your writings about all my favourite haunts! Nice blog!


    • October 24, 2010 at 4:14 PM #

      Hey! Thanks for reading!
      I took a quick ‘boo’ at your blog too. Wow, I’m exhausted from all that travelling! And you have me laughing over here! Too funny!!!

  9. January 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM #

    awesome please enjoy your adventure. So happy to see a fellow Jamaican travelling and following her dreams.

    • January 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM #

      Thanks for the kind words! And I am enjoying life here in France!
      I’ve visited your blog on occasions and many times I found myself chuckling or nodding in agreement. Keep it going! All the best for 2011!

  10. January 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    HI Tanya,
    I ran across your blog and can’t wait to hear more! I left the USA three years ago and moved to Italy where I used my blog as a way to release! Culture shock was huge… Although looking back now, that was probably the prep course for now. I met a French man, fell in-love and then followed him to Burkina Faso! Write a lot about what I should expect in France because sooner or later we will be going to live there!!!

    • January 26, 2011 at 12:40 PM #

      Hi Carolaine!
      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the note. Yes, it’s been a bit of a culture shock but it’s all worth it! It’s the little experiences that make up the big adventure. I’ll keep you posted on my goings-on! Good luck to you in Burkina Faso!

  11. January 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM #

    You’re the second Jamaican in France I’ve ‘met’ in the last 4 days! Jamaica is such an amazing country – love it! Whereabouts in France are you?

    • January 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM #

      We seem to be everywhere! I’ve cyber met a few too since starting my blog.
      I’m in Nice. I think it’s as close to Jamaica as I can get while being in France.

  12. January 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM #

    Tanya! We have a few things in common! I am Jamaican too but grew up in the NY area! Both found ourselves a Frenchie. We live near Paris actually. How is your transition going? I know after 3+years here its still a work in progress!!! Let me know when u r in Paris! Let’s link up. Opal

    • January 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM #

      Hi Opal!
      Things are going well but it’s all a process, isn’t it? I’ll be in Paris on Tue/Wed. I’ll email you my number etc. If we don’t link up this visit we’ll link up in the near future!

    • April 13, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

      Opal.. you’re Jamaican too? Lots of us here. I would love to know more about your transition. My wife and I are looking to leave the US soon.

  13. April 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM #

    I really like your blog and we have similar backgrounds (Jamaican). Keep up the excellent job. Follow me on twitter @BelowRadar4Now. I have a site in planning that I would like you to take a look at.

  14. April 28, 2011 at 1:19 AM #

    I just came across the blog, I really like it, Enjoy France..

  15. May 17, 2011 at 12:34 AM #

    Found the place. Haven’t found the woman yet:-). I have just discovered blogging. I too am on a journey of self discovery. I like the fact that you reveal parts of yourself. It is inspiring. Wishing you, your husband and family the very best.

    • May 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM #

      All things in due time Wayne.
      Thanks for stopping by and for the generous words. All the best to you too!

  16. May 17, 2011 at 12:44 AM #

    Oh, my blog is http://blackinlatinamerica.wordpress.com/


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