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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.” If your home is currently “gourdless”, Morgan Barbier can help you remedy that situation. His stand in Nice’s Cours Saleya evening market is lined with luck-bringing gourds that have been…

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 Nice, France and, if all goes well, it should be out next week. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available. Nice is such a wonderful place and…

Societe-Generale

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 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…

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….

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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 in Nice is Maison Auer in the Old Town.  It is a “confiserie/chocolaterie” (sweet shop/chocolate shop) – can it get any better than that? Feast for the eyes For me…