Archives for the month of: May, 2013

It’s no secret that once you have a kid, those ‘relaxing weekends’ where you get to lie in as late as you want, and waste an entire day (or two) watching movies or bad TV are gone, gone, gone. Which is fine. Mostly.

So we make a point of having ‘Mummy, Daddy, buddy’ days every weekend since it’s the only time we aren’t tag-teaming Buddy, and we get to do something all together. It’s Buddy’s favourite time of the week, and mine too.

A good friend of ours is still continent hopping (until she gets her long stay visa) and she’ll be leaving soon to head back to the US for the required 3 months. So we invited her out on one of our “Mumma, Daddy, Buddy” days to take her to some of the smaller villages not easily accessible without a car.

Stop 1:  Mougins.  This is easily one of the most popular villages in the south of France, and yet, after 11 years, I’ve still never been. About 15 minutes inland from Cannes, Mougins is a stunning medieval villages surrounded by forests. The narrow pedestrian roads wind their way up to the squares and towers in the center, and it’s easy (and lovely) to lose your way! Mougins has a strong artistic and gastronomic history. Pablo Picasso lived his later years, and died in Mougins, and many other artists of note lived or frequented here at one time or another:  Cocteau, Man Rey, Edith Piaf to name a few. And not only has Mougins boasted a number of Michelen starred chefs, but it also hosts the annual International Gastronomy Festival every September. I think worth a follow up trip, non?

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We found a cute little cafe right up near the top of the village, and enjoyed a late morning round of milkshakes and smoothies before heading onwards.

 

Stop 2: Valbonne. Not the first time we’ve been here, but it’s so very different from all of the other villages in the area. Most villages are built on a hilltop, and they seem less structured in the architecture and layout.  But the old town of Valbonne is very gridlike (apparently from the influence of the Roman Military Camps), and in the center is a large town square, surrounded by arcades (most of which are restaurants, making the square a bustling place to be at lunchtime and dinner — and so we had to stop for lunch!)  The streets are twee, charmingly decorated with original wooden doorways and antique doorknockers, flower boxes and bric a brac. The village may have a strong anglo population, but it just oozes french charm. I’ve heard it’s a great place to go for Halloween, we may need to check that out this year!

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Stop 3: Biot.  We didn’t actually head into the villages of Biot (which is quite small), but we’ve been several times. Biot is world famous for producing hand-blown bubble glass… and that’s what we were here for this time. At the outskirts of the villages is the ‘Verrerie de Biot’, a large glassworks that is a museum, a boutique, and an opportunity to watch the glassblowers creating their masterpieces. It’s an amazing process, and often 2 or 3 glassblowers need to work together to piece together and form the perfect product.

As sturdy as these beauties are, hubs has managed to break 2 of my beloved wine glasses over the last 2 years, and this trip was to replace the most recent casualty. I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.

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And now it’s Monday. Back to work. Looking forward to the next ‘Mumma, Daddy and Buddy day’… where will we go??

 

 

 

 

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Are my eyes deceiving me?  I haven’t written anything since Jan 31!!??

SLACKER!

Okay, my ‘May resolution’ is to try to blog once a week. Wish me luck.

I’ll have to try to encapsulate the last 3 months in one brief post. Which essentially explains my brief absence. Kinda.

Work:  INSANELY busy for the months of Feb/March. I won’t name names (much as I am DYING to, because even I was impressed, and Im rarely impressed!), but I had a short term, time-intense client project in Monaco. It was a lot of hours, in a short period of time, unrealistic deadlines (which I managed to meet regardless) and tremendously successful results which ended up saving my client about 50,000 Euros. Or more. And as an extra ‘thank you’, the client gifted me their AMAZING Loewe television, which I now need to get 3D glasses for so I can try out the 3D feature!!  Hoorah for a job well done!

Health:  While I was intensely busy with work, I was also battling one cold after another. Literally sick for 8 weeks straight. I still have ringing in the ears, and my eyes are still pink from the infection. Buddy was also sick half that time.  So that made it even more challenging to keep on top of all the work. Fortunately Buddy could come with me a lot of the days, which made him happy.

So you can forgiveme for not having the time, or energy to do a post?  In all honesty, even though the workload and health have been so much more manageable for the month of April, I’ve just been in ‘low energy’ recovery mode. Not a profitable month for me!!

Weather:  Well, I hear that there have been a lot of late season cold and snow in Canada, but we are well into spring here. The jasmine is in full bloom, we’ve planted the seedlings for our veg and herb garden, and have been out on the terrace in shorts and tshirts. Just love spring in the cote d’azur.

Other than that, things are fab.  The season is just starting to get busy — weekends are getting booked up, friends and family are planning visits over the next few months, and we’re also looking forward to a week’s holiday in Corsica.  We’ll be hitting the beach soon… but sadly, summer passes in the blink of an eye. But we will enjoy every moment of it!!!

More to follow. Apologies!!