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An afternoon on the Cote d’Azur

Summer has come to end here on the French Riviera.  Not that you’d know it by the number of people sunning themselves on the beaches.  The true, tell-tale sign weather-wise that we’ve left summer behind us is the increased number of rainy days.  Still, the rain only last so long before the sky is blue […]

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Taking a risk: Gorges du Verdon

D turned to me and said, “I will if you will.” I knew he was kidding and he knew my answer would be negative. We stood there watching these young risk takers fill out forms and put on their harnesses and I wondered why on earth would you willingly throw yourself off a bridge, in […]

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Good times in Baden-Baden

D and I were recently told that there isn’t anything to see or do in Baden-Baden.  After less than 24 hours here we can’t confirm the accuracy of that statement.  Besides, what does that even mean? There’s always something to do wherever you go; it’s just whether or not that something is for you. If […]

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Ham it up

Sometimes what you really need is ham.  And I mean really good ham.  On a recent trip to Paris D and I did just that: we had ham for dinner. We left our hotel one evening unsure about where to go for dinner.  We were in Paris so we weren’t lacking in the choice department. […]

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Authentic style

It was on a recent trip downtown to run errands that I discovered Déco Authentique.  I oohed and ahhed outside the shop and brought new meaning to lèche-vitrine.  The pull from Déco Authentique was irresistible so I yielded, dragging D by the hand into the store. I immediately fell in love with the antique cinema […]

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Making waves

D and I decided that we would take the time to head to the beach as often as we can. This would be our treat after a day in the office.  We weren’t so diligent last year mainly because we were on the road a lot. This year on rattrappe; we’re making up for lost […]

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Rocking it with Johnny Hallyday

Summertime on the Côte d’Azur! Rosé wine.  Apéro on the terrace. Ice cream or gelato. And temperatures over 30°C.  So, what prompted me and D to wait (a really, really, really long time) with 9,000 other like-minded crazy Niçois in the AC-free Palais Nikaia? We were waiting for the one and only Johnny Hallyday. I don’t […]

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Tomato

I get a little adrenaline rush every time I get to the marché at Cours Saleya. I don’t know what it is and this time of year the buzz is more pronounced.  Cours Saleya hums with the sounds of French mixing in with English, German, and Italian.  Natives and tourists alike wander past stalls, stopping […]

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Picture this: Place Garibaldi

I pass through Place Garibaldi at least twice a week on my way to the market.  Smaller and less grand than Place Masséna, during the warmer months it is a bustling square where you can dine al fresco or people watch while sipping a cold drink.  On the weekends vendors invade the square with their antiques, […]

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Originally posted on Blissful Basil:
Patience is most often a virtue but once in a while it’s a lavender macaron.  A petite, pillow-like cookie that is typically so darn pretty one might believe that it couldn’t possibly taste good.  But it does.  It tastes like heaven all wrapped up into two bites.  Of course, tasting heaven is going to cost you. …

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