Month: June 2012

Tomorrow morning, I will say goodbye to Nice, and the French Riviera, or as we, French people, like to call it, la Côte d’Azur. It has been quite the vacation. Tonight, as I am packing my bag, enjoying one last evening in my cozy apartment in the heart of le Vieux Nice (Nice’s old town,) I…

 Bonjour les amis, Les vacances are going smoothly here in my little corner of the French Riviera. The weather is ideal, around 85F during the day, and a balmy 70F at night. I could not ask for more. Nice is a gift that keeps giving. The city itself has enough to keep anyone busy and entertained,…

Chère Nice (Dear Nice,) Do you remember what I said to you when I left and flew back to Seattle last summer? This is what I wrote to wrap up that last story after the wonderful week you gave me: “{Nice}, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.“ Nice, I like you, I really like you.…

Bonjour les amis, We arrived in Paris a few days ago. Most of our time has been spent catching up with relatives. Fortunately for us, some live in areas where photo opportunities abound. Take my brother for example. He is based in Rueil Malmaison, a green suburb west of Paris where I used to work…

This story was written a few years ago. I share it every year on June 6.  France will never forget. – FGIS. On June 6, 1944, American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. The liberation of France and Western Europe had started, leading to the defeat of Nazi Germany a few…