Shanghai has a lot of things that other big cities have: rush-hour traffic for kilometres at a stretch; blaring horns and flashing lights well past midnight; high-rise apartment buildings and ...
This post was originally published on 21 Aug 2012. I’m republishing it to coincide with the Tour de France’s return to Provence with a climb of the Mont Ventoux. I look forward to watching the climb on the TV although I wish I could be there in person to cheer the riders on. And for […]
I love having friends who live in cottage country. It gives me the chance to get away from city life and to take in a little of what Mother Nature has to offer. As I look out the patio doors over the deck, I hear birds singing and the hum of a lawn mower in […]
I remember it like it was yesterday. I had recently graduated from high school and should have been preparing for university. Instead, I was in Paris, as part of a European jaunt, for the first time. It was hot and steamy and I had fallen further in love with France.
There is something irresistible about pink flowers. They always remind me of my Mom who always seems to have bright pink begonias or Impatiens in her garden. Pink is so girly and when I saw them in Cours Saleya I couldn’t resist photographing them. These are for you Mom!
There are so many places to find pleasure in Paris. A patisserie selling a perfect lemon tart. Venturing to caviste to get that special bottle of 1921 Chateau d’Yquem (a girl can dream). Dining at a favourite restaurant, eavesdropping on conversations or chatting with the servers. Or meeting a new friend to sit a spell, […]
Spring has taken her time to settle in here in Nice. Despite the psychotic periods of grey-then blue-then grey skies, I have been working hard at maintaining my sanity. D and I are working on a huge renovation project — we bought our first apartment in January — and most of my free time is […]
Christmas is my favourite holiday. As an expat in France, it’s the only time of the year where I’m guaranteed to go ‘home’ to Toronto and spend part of the holidays with my family. Before I head to the Great White North* a trip downtown to Place Masséna is warranted. After all, ever since D […]
Ça fait un bail, même des lustres, que je n’ai pas écrit dans mon blog. (It’s been ages since I last posted to my blog.) I haven’t written in a while because I needed to take care of a few things. First among these things was/is my health. I won’t bore you with the details […]
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 […]