Yearly Archives: 2013

December Adventures

December Adventures

Dead Renault in the middle of the road

On a Saturday in early December, late in the afternoon, we were driving through downtown Nice.  Earlier that day, just after lunch, we drove up from La Garde, and made good time – we were in Nice in less than two hours. It was a sunny, blue day, but cool. We were trying to find our AirBnB rental, which on the map was in an ideal location near the Place Garibaldi, but the street was obscure and hard to find, even by French standards. After our third pass through the neighborhood, I waited at a traffic light and looked around for where we ought to go. Continue Reading

Road Trip 2013

Road Trip 2013

Back Then Growing up my family’s vacations were not road trips with multiple destinations, but instead simply a drive to one place, where we remained for the entire time. From Alexandria we usually drove three hours east to the Atlantic beaches of Delaware, where my parents had rented a house for a week in Rehobeth… Continue Reading

The old village

The old village

We live in the vieille ville of La Garde, the old village. The village is built on a rocky hill, which rises from the surrounding plain. At the top of the hill, also called the roche, or rock,  are a church and the ruins of an old castle – a single stone tower, which looks like… Continue Reading

Late summer round up

Late summer round up

There have been festivals, fetes, trips to the beach, and a trip to Barcelona. The school year ended, there’s been a circus camp, bike rides to the pool in Hyeres, and trips across the Atlantic for everyone except me. Below are a few pictures to capture only a fraction of it all. Continue Reading

Adieu Marseille Travel Journal

Adieu Marseille Travel Journal

In the same way that you wonder what the hell you did with your time before you got married and had kids, the rise of the machines has put into history yet another before and after.   Previous before-afters include the telephone, television, rail travel, air travel, vaccines, Elvis, and Nixon. Continue Reading

La Garde – Small Town Living

La Garde – Small Town Living

We live on rue Doumet, or rue Paul Doumet as the street sign says,  almost half way up the hill in the old part of La Garde. On the French geographic organizational chart, La Garde is in the Department of Var, which sits in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The street further up the hill is rue… Continue Reading