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Spring fling in St Paul de Vence

Spring has taken her time to settle in here in Nice. Despite the psychotic periods of grey-then blue-then grey skies, I have been working hard at maintaining my sanity. D and I are working on a huge renovation project — we bought our first apartment in January — and most of my free time is […]

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Picture this: Pont du Gard

A sunny weekend chez les parents included a day trip to the beach. Before hitting the waves D and I stopped to visit the Pont du Gard.

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Miami Firsts

While many Canadians celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday yesterday I was thinking about Miami.  Why Miami instead of this woman, a monarch, who reigned for almost 64 years?  (I wasn’t even thinking about Charles and Camilla who were both in town for the holiday.) Well, this first long weekend of the summer reminds me of another set […]

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Three places in three nights, a Christmas market, and counting down to Christmas

I called it a crazy road trip.  After all, we’re talking 3 stops in one weekend.  How often does that happen? First stop:  Coustellet (Thursday night). Things should feel like they’re winding down for the end of the year.  They should feel that way but they don’t…at least, not yet.  For D and me, it […]

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France, Germany, and the Holy Grêle

Since meeting D I’ve learned a lot about France and the French.  Understandable.  The best part of this learning is that I also get to visit the towns, cities, departments, and regions.  Of specific interest to me are the following two regions of France:  Alsace and Franche-Comté.  (Of course, the foods of both regions interest […]

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Quick road trip to Marseille

I have to tell you, this is one of the things I love about being in France.  It’s so easy to experience a different side to this country without having to drive huge distances.  Let me also add here that D tells me that French people migrate to Canada because they believe the same of […]

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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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