Paris-Nice: the Cycle Race to the Sun

Paris-Nice: the Cycle Race to the Sun

It's called the Race to the Sun and 7 years ago under a perfect spring sky the 72nd Paris-Nice cycle race came through Roquefort town. Wind and rain may buffet the riders at the beginning of the course in the north of France but no one can remember a time when it...

Déconfinement: End of Lockdown

Déconfinement: End of Lockdown

The great excitement this week has been déconfinement - the partial relaxing of lockdown. As of Monday 11 May in the green areas of France, (see my last post for explanation) we have been able to leave our homes without an attestation (permit), stay out for longer...

Roquefort Market

Roquefort Market

Our local market in Roquefort les Pins has opened again, albeit under rather different conditions.  There are only a handful of stalls and a strict one-way system in place with lots of barriers.  However, if it means we can get fresh local produce and get outside...

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur is full of fun, often full of good weather and probably a great deal more festive than you might think. I’ve put together a round-up of christmassy things to do and places to go on the French Riviera and nearby based purely on my family's...

Mid Summer Solstice and Fire!

Mid Summer Solstice and Fire!

I've written before about how June is the month of fêtes, full of festivities, festivals and fun. Once again it's sped by at breakneck speed and tomorrow it'll be July, with the "official" start of the summer season. But just before that happens let me show you what...

Expat Farewells

Expat Farewells

It's no secret, I love living where I live.  I've lived a nomadic life moving country 9 times though sometimes all those other countries seem a very long time ago as I've now been in France for nearly 18 years.  But even within France I've moved house 8 times, lived...

Easter in France: Chocolates at the Pâtisserie

Easter in France: Chocolates at the Pâtisserie

Easter in France is celebrated much like in other Christian countries – families gather for big festive meals and offer each other chocolates in the form of eggs, bunnies, fish and bells.  It is largely a secular holiday and chocolate is the star of the day.  However,...

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