December 23: December in Nice

Joel eating a Tropezienne tart on the beach at Villefranche, early December.

Joel eating a Tropezienne tart on the beach at Villefranche, early December.

People having lunch on the beach. You can tell if it's going to be a warm day by how many of the beach restaurants set up in the morning.

People having lunch on the beach.

Not even a set-up! The driver of this car had parked on the Promenade because he was one of the guys selling Christmas trees there.

Not even a set-up! The driver of this classic 2CV had parked on the Promenade because he was one of the people selling Christmas trees there.

Christmas in France = oysters

Christmas in France = oysters

Christmas in France = sea urchins

Christmas in France = sea urchins

Charcuterie - you name it, they can stuff it in a sausage case.

Charcuterie – you name it, you can stuff into a sausage case.

Butchers can be a bit graphic...

Butchers can be a bit graphic…

Ravioli from Nice institution Maison Barelle.

Ravioli from Nice institution Maison Barelle.

Sugary brioche at a bakery on Rue Verdi.

Sugary brioche at a bakery on Rue Verdi.

A happy man with his mini tree. The sculpture behind is by Bernar Venet who...

A happy man with his mini tree. The sculpture behind is by Bernar Venet who by the way…

... opened the doors of his Venet Foundation in Le Muy this summer. We loved it!

… opened the doors of his Venet Foundation in Le Muy this summer, where I took this pic. We loved it!

In Senas, we went to a Christmas Fair with Joel's cousin, and ate Choucroute.

In Senas, we went to a Christmas Fair with Joel’s cousin, and ate Choucroute.

My old Sarah Lawrence friend Dianne and I on a quick trip to Paris.

My old Sarah Lawrence College friend Dianne and I on a quick trip to Paris.

We'll be spending Christmas Eve at the Negresco... with the charity Petits Freres des Pauvres.

We’ll be spending Christmas Eve at the Negresco… with the charity Petits Freres des Pauvres.

I "accompany" a woman who is in fairly dire straits and dire health. The charity takes them to nice places I wouldn't normally go myself! Here we're at Brasserie Georges.

I “accompany” a woman who is in fairly dire straits and dire health. The charity takes them to nice places I wouldn’t normally go myself. Here we’re at Brasserie Georges.

OK, this isn't actually December, it was November: we'd just finished a very rainy half-marathon. For me, huge achievement of the year:  running 13.2 miles without stopping!

OK, this isn’t actually December, it was November: we’d just finished a very rainy half-marathon. For me, huge achievement of the year: running 13.2 miles without stopping!

We shared the marathon: Joel from Nice to Antibes, me from Antibes to Cannes. The medals fit snugly into each other.... Awwww.

We shared the marathon: Joel from Nice to Antibes, me from Antibes to Cannes. The medals fit snugly into each other…. Awwww.

My friend Pollie's dog Frankie. I can't believe that we are friends with someone who actually dresses her dog up in a Santa suit, but that's what's become of us this year...

My friend Pollie’s dog Frankie. I can’t believe that we are friends with someone who actually dresses her dog up in a Santa suit, but that’s what’s happens if you spend too much time in Nice…

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About Suellen Grealy

In 2011, a series of coincidences led my husband Joel, our cat Ted and me away from London, where we lived quite happily for 30 years, to Nice, where Joel grew up. While he and his sister ran their restaurant, I wrote a novel. Family being family, Joel and his sister no longer work together. Writing being writing, the novel lingers on... Meanwhile, we've found ways of living a completely different life from the one we had in London, including running our own restaurant together, 7 Villermont. The only constants are our Ted, our now-battered Peugeot, and each other. Everything else is a complete surprise
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2 Responses to December 23: December in Nice

  1. Debra Brenner says:

    Photos! Wonderful. Thanks, Suellen and happy new year!

  2. Robin Morris says:

    Congratulations on your half-marathon! Christmas and New Year’s wishes to you and Joel!

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