Off the beaten track in Provence

Something happened here yesterday that made nature turn off the freeze button. I don’t know what made it flick the switch, but whatever it was, it made it a very pleasant day. The last few weeks have been bitterly cold, with snow, ice, hail and even ice rain, that hideous weather event that literally turns … More Off the beaten track in Provence

Epiphany Queen – Brioche des Rois

It’s only 6th January, but already feels, with everything that has happened, as if we are months into this year. It’s been a stressful few days trying to  establish what is happening, following the latest announcement about lockdown in England, but yesterday everything became clearer, when Tom’s University confirmedthat as his course is considered to … More Epiphany Queen – Brioche des Rois

February Fun on the Cote D’Azur – Part 2 – The Fete du Citron at Menton

Last year we visited the Fete du Citron for the first time, 40 years after I’d first seen postcards of the incredible structures when I’d visited the town as a child. It was well worth the wait and the event exceeded my expectations and we had a fantastic time. Bollywood in France -Incredible Fête Du … More February Fun on the Cote D’Azur – Part 2 – The Fete du Citron at Menton

February Fun on the Cote D’Azur Part 1 – Nice Carnaval

Last year, for the first time we found ourselves at Nice Carnaval – it probably sounds really awful, but we hadn’t really planned to go, only noticing it was on whilst we were planning a trip to the Fete du Citron at Menton for our wedding anniversary so thought we’d extend our stay to watch … More February Fun on the Cote D’Azur Part 1 – Nice Carnaval

Flowers, Lights & The King of Space – it’s Carnaval in Nice

In February there is an explosion of colour along the Cote D’Azur when the hillsides are fringed with yellow from the bright flowers of the Mimosa trees and the citrus fruits glow orange and yellow against the dark green leaves – it’s as if the plants are reminding us of the sun that is to … More Flowers, Lights & The King of Space – it’s Carnaval in Nice