Think warm, please!

If it’s Friday, it must be France …

I’m hearing from my friends in Nice that it is ch-ch-chilly and une vague de froid, a cold wave, is in the weather forecast. The annual Carnaval de Nice is well under way and it’s not nearly as much fun having to be bundled up to brave the elements.  So let’s think warm for everyone there!

To read about all the colourful craziness of this festival, which began in 1830, click on the following link. Margo Lestz shares the history and entertaining details in “Carnival Kings, Silly Strings, and Blooming Things”.

Even if we can’t be in Nice now, just reading about it will make you laugh. An air of warm hospitality fills the town … and, of course, temptations abound ~ such as the traditional treats les bugnes or beignets de carnaval. Deep fried pastry flavoured with orange flower water, they are simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Today’s post sends out vibes of warm moments in Nice, in the hopes Mother Nature will change her plans for all the eager celebrants. Surely this year’s Roi de l’Espace, King of Space, seen in this short video, must have some influence on the elements.

And even though the beach umbrellas are all stored away until summer arrives, I hope these sunny memories help stir a little warmth.

Are you having a cold wave in your neighbourhood too? Whatever you are doing, I hope you enjoy a bon weekend


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  1. I could do with a bit of warmth right about now. This would make a wonderful holiday.

  2. Iy is a bit cool in Spain, was 4C this morning when we woke up but the sun shone and it went to 18C this afternoon. So we can’t complain!

    • Patricia Sands says:

      The temperature ranges there have been quite dramatic this winter! But when that Spanish sun shines, it’s beautiful even when it’s cold.

  3. We’ve been consistently cold. Until last week when we have 4 days in the high 80’s. Now we’re back to the low 60’s. It’s no wonder everyone is getting sick. Wackyness for sure. It’s especially hard for me right now because I’m so sensitive to temperatures. Freezing one minute, blazing hot the next.

    I’m loving the photos of Nice. Looks warm and inviting.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Patricia Sands says:

      Patricia, I’m sure those temperature fluctuations make things difficult for you. I’m thinking of you and hoping a balance returns to life there in every way very soon. Let’s hope for an early spring! It did snow in Nice today … in spite of all our efforts!

  4. We just had a 60-degree day in Chicago yesterday, a teaser of the spring to come. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

    A friend of mine is in Nice right now. I’ve been enjoying her Carnaval photos on Facebook. 🙂

  5. Stunning photos! And, we had a cold spell in December that was freaky, too.

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