Do you sometimes look back on your life and pinpoint a moment that changed your direction forever? A career choice? A change of family circumstances? A chance meeting with someone who would change your way of seeing the world? Or maybe a place?……
The city of Nice on the Cote d’Azur will always hold a special place in my heart. Nice was the first place I called home in France when as a student, very very many years ago, I spent a year here.
I’ll always remember that first morning in Nice. I arrived by train from the north of France, I had a suitcase and a bicycle in the train with me! Times have changed!! Once out of the train, I stored my bags in a luggage locker (remember those, before we were all paranoid about left luggage?!), jumped on my bike and cycled through the town and down to the Promenade des Anglais and the beach.
The light was incredible, and I sat for a while taking in the view along the Baie des Anges, with the pink domed roof of the Negresco behind me. I literally couldn’t believe my luck, that this place was going to be my home for the year to come.
As I sat there, I had no idea that actually that year would shape the rest of my life; that I’d fall in love, not only with France, with the light, the architecture, the landscapes , but also with a cute French boy who nearly 40 years later is still my partner in crime.
I think it is this love of France, and the fact that I came here as an adult, rather than a young child, which drives me to share so easily via the blog and of course my tours. As I type these words, I’m on an airplane, flying south for the start of my Provence tour. I am privileged to host a group of interesting, open minded guests, and hopefully show them stuff they’ve never seen before.
We’ll get off the beaten track, we’ll eat well, drink wine and champagne, be invited inside private homes and we will meet with skilled artisans. We’ll shop, we’ll chat, we’ll laugh and we may even shed a tear. Stories will be shared, experiences compared, and I know that at the end of the week we’ll all bid each other adieu a little richer from our shared enjoyment of France, authentic good living and good company.
I’ll be sharing images of the tour on my Instagram during the week, and I’ll post a gallery of pictures here too.
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