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Dog Style: Yoko Heads to a French Groomer

Contributor blog post by Jemma: “Isn’t that incredible??” Philippe called out of the family room last week. “These are DOGS. I can get a hair appointment for myself tomorrow!” He’d just rung the two salons de toilettage recommended by a friend in nearby Cannes. They were full up. The first …

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Grab Bag: Bizarre Summer in the Côte d’Azur

Contributor blog post by Jemma: It has been a bizarre summer. Security problems, and all their cultural complications, have meant that the Summer of 2016 in the Cote d’Azur has been more than a little off. Bookings and revenues have plunged 10-15% across the region since the Nice attacks in …

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Unexpected Email: Bellevue’s Earliest Residents

Contributor blog post by Jemma: In the final days before my family and I shifted our luggage and lives to France this summer – at the very time our Toronto home was a packing pigsty, and as we trod heartily into our 10-day, do-or-die window for Yoko’s persnickety paperwork – …

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Poodle on the French Riviera #PetTravel @FrenchLessonsBlog
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Côte d’Azur Homecoming for a Poodle

Contributor blog post by Jemma: “Just borrow a dog for a few hours,” a Toronto friend once told me as I contemplated future stories for this blog. It was a sure-fire way to dig more deeply here, as I do for this site (which – bonjour, New Subscribers! – aims …

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Midsummer Grab Bag: Security in the Spotlight

Contributor blog post by Jemma: This Saturday the roads in France are meant to be black. That’s what Bison Futé forecasts, anyway, in its annual summer traffic forecast, Le Panorama de l’été 2016. Saturday, July 30 – Saturday, August 6, too – are the summits of a French summer season …

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The European Union Laid Bare by a Spare Part

Contributor blog post by Jemma: If it’s not the WIFI, it’s la climatisation. This summer when we arrived at Bellevue, our home in Antibes, I clicked my heels when the little green checkmark appeared on my iPhone beside the name of our WIFI network. It worked! The WIFI actually worked …

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Nice: Paradise Lost

Contributor blog post by Jemma: The cover of our local newspaper tells the story of Paradise Lost: The artist Mesia puts it even more touchingly: Such a bleu-blanc-rouge waves outside Bellevue, too. The flag is an ever-present sentry at the tip of a quay jutting into the Mediterranean bay. …Continue reading …

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Profile: Tania Laveder, World War II Survivor

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Tania Laveder had hoped to write her own story, but over the years she has lost some of her Russian. She learned German only for the purposes of survival. The Italian of her in-laws remains fairly non-existent. And the French that has governed her life …

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Bellevue: A Tale of Two 10-Year Olds

Contributor blog post by Jemma: Il y avait très peu à manger, Arlette says, her voice bearing the gentle crackle of a woman in her mid-80s. There was very little to eat back then. Each day my parents put little tickets on the bread with our names on them – …

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French Collège: Increasing the Fun Factor

Contributor blog post shared by Jemma: Last winter Antibes came to us in Toronto. Lolo’s friend – a former classmate from her preschool days in Juan-les-Pins – passed through town with her family. One snowy day in early March, Lolo brought Anaë to school for show-and-tell. Anaë was a superstar …

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