In this blog I’ll be sharing observations about life in France, especially on the French Riviera. I enjoy searching out the history and folklore of the area – and writing about them as well. I hope they will interest you as much as they do me.

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Bob was a Woman of Many Talents

  In Paris in 1902, young Dr. Marcile was head-over-heels in love. The young lady who was the object of his affection loved him too, but her parents […]

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God Save the Royal Derriere

Queen Elizabeth II is now officially the longest reigning monarch in British history. The 89 year old Queen has broken the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen…

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. They are for us humans,…

Mistletoe and a Flying Donkey

Mistletoe in French is called gui (rhymes with the first part of geese). This ball of vegetation that grows high in the trees has been considered magical since ancient days […]

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History of the French Beret

The French beret, that little pancake of a hat, has become the recognized symbol of all things French – at least among those outside of France. The traditional […]

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Mosaics on the Hill

  In the last post we looked at Homer’s Odyssey mosaics in the park on the Colline du Chateau or “Castle Hill” in Nice, France. But have a look around the park […]

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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 to pull out […]

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The Ephrussis: Dog Weddings, Duels, and Stalin?

The elegant pink villa on the promontory of St. Jean Cap Ferrat was built for Charlotte Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild.  She was born into the European banking family […]

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Marie Antoinette’s Cats and an American Rescue Attempt

Did you know that Marie Antoinette almost escaped the guillotine and ended up in Maine, USA? Of course, we all know she didn’t make it – but some […]

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The King is no Match for the Women of Paris

It was three months after the storming of the Bastille, which signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, and there was still a rumbling in the streets of […]

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