Category Archives: Riviera

September 14: The long perspective

Joel is genetically optimistic, and despite trying very hard for decades to mutate his cheery DNA in my empty half of the darker, more anxious glass, it simply doesn’t seem to be working. I find myself being happy and relaxed … Continue reading

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March 9: On a clear day

We are so close to the Italian border here that we go quite often. Usually, we go to the market in Ventimiglia and buy buffalo mozzarella, gorgonzola dolcelatte made with mascarpone, vegetables such as crunchy punterelle, which we never see … Continue reading

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October 5: A few pictures per week

It’s been about 20 weeks since I last updated this blog. How can I restart after all this time, I say to Joel, who is sitting next to me on his computer, sniffling about the Chelsea-Arsenal result (2-0). He says, … Continue reading

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May 27: Heading for the hills

  When I was a child in Ireland my father used to take us on Sunday Drives. I think we went to Kippure in the Wicklow mountains several times. This was a transmitter mast for RTE, the television station where … Continue reading

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August 2: Swimming and picnics

Part of Joel’s self-prescribed training for the Nice-Cannes marathon in November is a twice- or even thrice-weekly run to Villefranche, one of the prettiest places in the world. Joel figures it’s about 10km by his route, from our house through … Continue reading

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July 2: The Tour de France

Nice has been preparing itself for years for this past weekend, and especially today, because the Tour de France is in town! Despite the fact that Joel and I get most places by bike these days, and that we both … Continue reading

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June 28: The Chinese Solar Period Guide for Cats in Nice

Secondary school teachers in France are civil servants with what is considered a job for life. To become a teacher, you have to have at least a CAPES qualification – five years of study after receiving the BAC, then a … Continue reading

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