It’s carnival time again and Nice is buzzing! Every year, the Nice carnival has a different theme, and this year it’s music. The Carnival King, His Majesty King of Music, who has the largest float and leads the parades, is depicted as the conductor of an orchestra – and he is rising out of a…
Even though some of the American/British folkloric characters don’t come to France, you’ll be happy to know that the jolly old man in the red suit does. Of course, he goes by a different name: in France he’s known as Père Noël, or Father Christmas.
Yay! It’s Live!
It looks like my book is finally live on Amazon – so let the orders begin! Just kidding. :-) But if you know of someone who loves all things French, maybe this would make a nice little Christmas gift.
Well, I think I’ve done it! No, I haven’t robbed a bank – I think I’ve finished my book! I still have to wait to see the proofs, which should be here next week, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It will be available on Amazon and I’ll be sure to let you know when…
I’m finally back to Nice after travelling for two months. I have basically been on the go since April and now, I just want to stay home. Travelling is nice, but sometimes it’s just good to get home and stay there for a while. So I am planning to stay home all winter long (or…
Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild loved her animals, but did she really host a formal wedding for her dog?
In Florence’s New Market (the same one where the bronze pig resides) you can find leather good and all kinds of souvenirs. But be careful about going there if you have any outstanding bills. This is where people were once punished for failing to settle their debts.
Il Porcellino, as the Italians call him, means “the little pig”. However the bronze porker fountain sitting at the side of the New Market, or Mercato Nuovo, is really a wild boar, or a cinghiale in Italian. He supposedly brings good luck when visitors rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth.
The French love their holidays. There are lots of them scattered throughout the year but July and August are the months of les grandes vacances when business almost comes to a halt….
When I recently toured Santo Sospir, the villa decorated by Cocteau, the guide pointed to a fougasse (a local bread) painted on the wall and said it was a reference by Cocteau to the hands painted by his friend, Picasso. I didn’t really understand the link because the bread looked nothing like a hand to me….
What would you do if you invited someone to spend a week at your holiday home and he decided to redecorate it and then he decided to stay – indefinitely? Francine Weisweiller was thrilled….
When the French Revolution started with the storming of the Bastille, one man saw his chance for fame and fortune….
French jazz developed under some interesting circumstances during the Nazi Occupation of World War II….
In summer, it’s hard to find an open space on the beach, so It’s hard to imagine that up until the 1920s there were no summer tourists here, no open hotels….
Cours Saleya is the heart of Old Town Nice and it’s always pulsating with life. Striped awnings….
Normally I’m not a fan of modern architecture. but there are a few modern structures that I really appreciate and one of them is in Nice, France….
I recently spent two weeks in Salamanca, Spain taking a beginner Spanish language class….
Some animal and plant related French sayings illustrated with photos from q day in the park….
There’s no Tooth Fairy in France so who collects the children’s teeth?…
May 1st, a day to take off work and give out flowers….
There is no Easter Bunny in France but fear not, the French have come up with another method to distribute those Easter eggs
Nice, France has a strong and proud culture all its own and the people work hard to keep their Niçois traditions alive….
In many countries, the first day of April is a day to play harmless jokes on family and friends. This usually consists of telling a farfetched story in such a way that it sounds like it could be true. When the other person falls for our joke, we exclaim…
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognised symbols of the United States. But did you know that Lady Liberty is an immigrant? It’s true, she’s a French woman by birth who has made New York her home. (No wonder she’s so elegant.)
Carnival celebrations take place around the world, but when we think of elegant masks and beautiful costumes, we think of Venice. So in 2014 my husband and I decided to go and see for ourselves what the Venice Carnival was like. We weren’t disappointed. People come from everywhere to see and be seen at the…
“A cup of coffee” – € 7.00 “A cup of coffee, please“ – € 4.25 “Hello, a cup of coffee, please“ – € 1.40 By Margo Lestz At this café in Nice, France, minding your manners can significantly reduce the price of your coffee. Of course, this was meant as a humorous way to remind…