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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

Café Polyglot

I’ve written in quite a few posts about weekly Monday rendez-vous at Café Polyglot. Originally a language conversation event on Couchsurfing that my friend Maria and I found last October, Café Polyglot is located within the winding streets of centre ville, and quickly became overrun by assistants, expats, and newly re-located Frenchies by mid-November. There’s cheap wine and beer, free eats, and lots of different languages … Continue reading Café Polyglot

Cassis, Marseille, Bandol, La Seyne, Six-Fours, Sanary, France

I have been really busy enjoying this early spring weather and taking various day trips around Le Var during my vacations. Yesterday, a few of my friends and I went to Cassis, a beautiful seaside town, to visit Les Calanques. this is definitely a must-see in the Côte d’Azur.     Cassis Port Les Calanques Les Calanques Last weekend during the last few days of … Continue reading Cassis, Marseille, Bandol, La Seyne, Six-Fours, Sanary, France

Parfumeries à Grasse, France

Before leaving Nice on Monday, Maria and I decided to take a day trip to Grasse, aka the Perfume Capital of the World. Since it is a lot easier to reach from Nice than from Toulon, we just decided to add it to our weekend trip. We took bus 500 on the Lignes d’Azur for a mere 1€50 each way and arrived within the hour. Grasse … Continue reading Parfumeries à Grasse, France