out of this world: the freaky fun of Carnaval de Nice, 2018

My parents came to visit for 10 days for my winter teaching vacances. For a home base, we picked Nice, as it’s close to my home of Cannes but considerably more lively. We were greeted with the perfect illustration of “rain on the parade,” as miserable weather threatened to cancel the last few days of the carnaval, the grand Niçois celebration intended to usher in spring … Continue reading out of this world: the freaky fun of Carnaval de Nice, 2018

eye candy: a guide to Menton (a South-of-France staycation, i)

As much as I would love to run away every weekend, this year I am going to be motivated by money. And money is telling me (to borrow from an internet meme I saw this week): “girl, you can afford to walk downstairs.” What luck, then, that my home base of Cannes can easily satisfy the travel bug in its proximity to a wide range … Continue reading eye candy: a guide to Menton (a South-of-France staycation, i)

bad & bougie: our ill-fated vacation turned writing retreat

According to some estimates, Menton, France experiences merely thirty-four sunless days a year. I have been here for all of them.  That’s an exaggeration. I have learned, though, that even the “sunniest place in France” isn’t always the beach oasis you expect. Not in February, when I visited the first time with my mom, and not now.  I’m here again, this time with Mary, in our … Continue reading bad & bougie: our ill-fated vacation turned writing retreat

en vacances

Our first two-week vacation period has started. So far, vacation looks like sleeping ’til ten, lingering over chocolat chaud topped with clouds of chantilly, and exploring the medieval city. Have we earned it? Maybe not, but I’m certainly not complaining. The students are enjoying their first vacances scolaires, thus, so are we. My first weeks at the schools have gone really well. The kids are sweet and clever, and quite … Continue reading en vacances