Month: February 2020

Things about France that surprised me: French hypochondria

Now, what do I mean by this? The French exhibit abnormal, chronic anxiety about their health. I suppose that’s one of the reasons my beloved feels so at home here. Am I just making base accusations? Let’s look at the evidence. Any time you… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: French hypochondria”

Friday Photo Challenge – sea creatures

I love these challenges because it forces me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them. It also reminds me that I should try to better catalogue my photos (currently in chronological order)! Actually, once I started giving… Continue Reading “Friday Photo Challenge – sea creatures”

One from the Vaults: Five things we loved about Australia

I’ve decided that once a week I’ll re-post something from my extensive archives. Obviously many of my early posts 2009 – 2012 heavily feature cycling. I’ll try to keep these to a minimum as I know not everyone is a cycling fan. This one’s… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Five things we loved about Australia”

Thursday doors #56

Today we’re local with doors from nearby Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo. Luckily for me there’s never a shortage of doors to photograph. First up, two from Monte Carlo:- Two doors from Nice Old Town that are quite close to one another. Here are… Continue Reading “Thursday doors #56”

Trip to Valbonne

A few weekends ago, we decided to head to the old village of Valbonne, one of the many charming ones on the Côte d’Azur. It’s a village we regularly cycle through, particularly during the winter. Situated in a basin along the Braque River, its… Continue Reading “Trip to Valbonne”

Wordless Wednesday

For Carol Anne: It’s the verdant Adelaide Hills in 2017

Potted history of Saint-Paul de Vence

When we first moved to the Nice area, we regularly walked around Saint-Paul de Vence’s narrow cobbled streets and bastioned fortifications which hug the contours of the rocky spur on which the village stands, affording fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. In addition, the… Continue Reading “Potted history of Saint-Paul de Vence”

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #29

These photos were captured on my iPad mini while browsing The Orchid Festival in Menton (15 Feb – 3 March) at Palais de l’Europe. There is always an amazing variety on display but if any were to be left in my tender care………….they’d all… Continue Reading “Sunshine’s Macro Monday #29”

Sunshine Blogger Awards XVI and XVII

Back in December, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Shruti Dubhi who blogs over at Fantastic Reads. She’s a bit of a shy blogger but posts regularly about her life and beliefs. Joshua from Spread the Word also kindly nominated me.… Continue Reading “Sunshine Blogger Awards XVI and XVII”

The Musette: simple carrot cake

This is another of my cyclist-friendly cakes, something you might be happy to find in your own musette. When I watch the professional peloton go through the feed zone, I love how they sling their musettes casually over their shoulders before putting the contents… Continue Reading “The Musette: simple carrot cake”