Vacation à la Française: 10 Days on the French Riviera

If there is one French stereotype that rings true, I’d say it is that the French are very serious about their vacations. They are so serious, in fact, that there are two words in the French language to describe the two types of holiday makers (vacationers) in France: les juilletistes (“July-ers”, or those who vacation in July), and les aoûtiens (“August-ers”, or those who vacation in August). … Continue reading Vacation à la Française: 10 Days on the French Riviera

Nice is Nice (along with Monaco)

Since I still had a week of vacation before starting work, and the weather is still in the high 70’s and low 80’s, and I was all by my lonesome in Toulon, I decided to spend four days in the city in France I have most wanted to see but to which I had never been, Nice (pronounced like niece). One of the reasons I … Continue reading Nice is Nice (along with Monaco)

Euro Is Beautiful!

Voilà European currency, aka the Euro, aka EUR, aka €. Isn’t it beautiful!? I exchanged a bit of currency in downtown Milwaukee before I left, and I was lucky to get some of every bill! (My amazing grandmother also gave me some of her extra change!) A bit about the Euro: they are different sizes depending on the bills in order to cater to the … Continue reading Euro Is Beautiful!