A historic walking tour of the Old Town of Nice, France…
Quirky Old Nice, France
A photo essay of the Old Town, the oldest and most colorful part of Nice.
What to Eat in Nice, France
If your holiday plans include a visit to Nice, France, I’m sure you’ll want to try some of the local specialties…
Cat Cafés and Why Cats Purr
Have you heard of cat cafés? No, they are not where cats go to have their morning coffee and read the newspaper…
The Virgin Project of Nice, France
Did you know that the city of Nice, almost had a giant Virgin statue on the hilltop?…
Two free e-books and other news…
Letter from Nice
Dear Readers, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during the terrorist attack on Nice…
Thinking of visiting Nice, France?
Nice is a nice place to visit. There are plenty of things to see and do here: sea, sun, history, art, music…
5 Riviera Cocteau Treasures
The artist, Jean Cocteau, spent his later years on the French Riviera, and the area still enjoys the beauty he left behind. There are five Cocteau sites between Nice and Menton just waiting to be discovered.
Margo’s Musings: Carnival & Revolution
Explore the theme of the Nice Carnival and see how my new book is coming along.
Mosaics on the Hill
Have a look around the “Colline du Chateau” overlooking Nice, France, and you can find some spectacular mosaics…
Homer’s Odyssey in 13 Easy Steps
If it’s been a while since you’ve read the Greek classics (or if you just never got around to it) no worries! There’s no need
A Home without a Gourd is like an Empty Nest
In Niçois tradition, the gourd brings good luck. There’s even an old proverb that says, “A home without a gourd is like an empty nest.”
A New Book and My Writing Journey
Whew! I’ve just finished my second book! It’s called, Curious Histories of Nice, France and as you might have guessed from the title…
5 Things I Love About Nice, France
I’ve been working around the clock for the last several weeks finishing up my latest book about my adopted city. It’s called: Curious Histories of
Carnival Music and Gourds in Nice, France
Every year, the Nice carnival has a different theme, but music is always important…
Who wants to be a Bank Robber?
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
The Ephrussis: Dog Weddings, Duels, and Stalin?
Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild loved her animals, but did she really host a formal wedding for her dog?
Cocteau, Picasso, and a Tale of two Breads
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….
The Artist who came to Dinner and never Left
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….
The Murphys, American Trendsetters on the Riviera
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….
Marketing in Old Town Nice: Cours Saleya and More
Cours Saleya is the heart of Old Town Nice and it’s always pulsating with life…
Blockhead Building gets a Thumbs Up
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….
French Expressions Pop Up in the Park
Some animal and plant related French sayings illustrated with photos from a day in the park….
Celebrating the Gourd in Nice, France
Nice, France has a strong and proud culture all its own and the people work hard to keep their Niçois traditions alive….
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?…
Three Russian Tsarinas Leave Their Mark on Nice, France
If you can’t make it to Russia, how about a trip to Nice, France? It’s warmer and you can see a lovely Russian cathedral.
Menton, France celebrates the Lemon
They say when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. But what if you are a town on the French Riviera and life gives you extraordinarily delicious lemons?…
Carnival Kings, Silly Strings, and Blooming Things
In Nice, France we are preparing for the carnival and that means another royal visit. Every year in February, a different king comes to town
Nice, France: Her Relationship with Italy and How She Became French
Normally, I write about the city of Nice, but in this article, when I mention Nice, I am speaking of the historic “County of Nice”
Living the Sweet Life in Nice, France
Do you need to add a little sweetness to your life? I know just where to go for that. One of my favourite places
A River runs through it – well under it Anyway
This weekend I went to the opening of the lovely new ribbon of a park that flows through Nice, France. It is called the “Promenade
Art in the City: The Tramway in Nice, France
A few years ago, I took a course that required me to get up early and catch a bus to another town. Sometimes I would
Liberated, Proud and Glorious
Last weekend, when we went for a walk after sunset, we were surprised to see ostriches strolling along the promenade. Well, they weren’t real ones.
Bay of Angels in Nice, France: Two Legends and a Fish Story
The Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) on the French Riviera has a romantic name, but where did it come from? These three stories give us some clues…
The English Promenade in Nice, France
The Promenade des Anglais, affectionately known as “the Prom”, is one of the most beautiful seaside boulevards to be found and lucky me, I live
Finding the Castle is a Walk in the Park
The news from Nice is… it’s hot! The app on my phone says 28° Celsius (83° Fahrenheit), but I don’t believe it – it feels
A Greek God Just Can’t Get Any Respect in Nice, France
When a powerful Greek deity arrives in Nice, he is ridiculed, humiliated, and banned from the city. If you visit Place Massena, in the very
Socca – A Niçois Superfood
What is this amazing food that has protected the city under siege, nourished the population during peacetime and inspired men to go to extraordinary lengths
Queen Victoria in Nice
Queen Victoria spent her winters on the French Riviera. While there, she could let her hair down and relax, often touring around in a little donkey cart.
The Old Town Knows How to Keep its Cool
Saturday we went to a crafts market in Old Nice. We were in an open plaza at midday and the sun was beating down on
May, a Month of Holidays and Festivals in Nice, France
< The month of May can be a frustrating time to be in France. There are 5 public holidays, which makes it difficult to conduct
Catherine Ségurane: Niçoise Laundress Saves the Day
A 16th century Niçoise laundress chased away the Turkish army and saved the city of Nice, France…
British Cannon Fire over the City of Nice
If you have ever visited Nice, France, you may have been startled by a very loud noon time boom. It occurs every day at precisely 12.00 and is a remnant from the Victorian times, when a British wife couldn’t remember to go home for lunch.