Bonjour, Nice! So good to see you again!

If it’s Friday, it must be France …

And I am thrilled to say that it IS Friday and this IS coming to you directly from beautiful Nice. We arrived here on Sunday after our fabulous two weeks in the Swiss Alps and, as much as we would have been happy to stay in that peaceful setting longer, we are thrilled to be back here in Nice La Belle. It feels like home.


It’s been a busy week and we have just returned from a little soirée for people to chat with me about writing and publishing, organized by Ida Young-Bondi of E-French Café It was so nice to meet everyone, have a great chat and enjoy that spectacular setting on the Med. In particular, it was great fun to meet blogger extraordinaire, Margo Lestz, in person, after getting to know each other online as we both contribute to The Good Life France website. I love that part of belonging to the writing community where we connect and meet with others from all over the planet, online and in person.

I’ve switched my “office” high up in the Alps for one overlooking the Med, and I’m finding it equally inspiring!IMG_2331

Tomorrow my DH and I are going to hop on the train for 20 minutes and go to Antibes (be still my heart) where I will stop by to visit with my friend, Heidi Lee, at her Antibes Book Shop.

There’s never a moment in this part of the world where we have to stop and figure out what to do … the list goes on and on.

A truly delightful surprise this year is spending time in the new park, La Coulée Verte or Promenade du Paillon, which runs from the Promenade des Anglais in the centre of town through Place Massena to  Vieux Nice near Place Garibaldi. The last two years we have been here, an enormous area was under construction and we missed the grand opening by a week last fall. It was worth waiting for!

There’s much to compliment about the people-friendly design of the space and the water feature is outstanding. Each stage of the pattern lasts for too long a time for me to make a video, but I think you will get the picture from these shots. Watching people of all ages delight in this area was so much fun. I can see we’ll be visiting there often when we go for daily walks.







Doesn’t that look like good fun? Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I wish you a fine one!

Bon weekend, tout le monde!

About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!


  1. WOW. That is beautiful. And the view from your laptop is awesome.

    • I’m loving that view too, Patricia! The entire Côte d’Azur is truly beautiful! Of course there are always complaints about tourists and traffic but those issues can be avoided. No wonder everyone wants to visit here … can’t blame them!

  2. Bienvenue dans ma France natale, Patricia. A plus tard pour la suite de vos aventures, avec photos si possible!

  3. I always loved Antibes in particular. Love the post and the pictures.

    • I so agree, Niamh. We’ve just returned from spending the afternoon in Antibes.It was a perfect day for strolling, visiting our favourite spots, and then I popped in for a good visit with my friend, Heidi, who owns the English Book Shop there. I always get a little thrill seeing my books for sale on her shelf!

  4. Lucky you!! Enjoy your time in Nice…and Antibes 🙂

  5. Ann Davey says

    Enjoy Patricia –give my love to Nice and Antiibes x:)

  6. Beautiful! I’d love to visit there one day.

  7. Lovely photos. Must visit Nice one day…….

  8. How delightful and what beautiful pictures Patricia!

  9. I wish I had your life! What amazing scenery to enjoy. Plus that view from your computer is off the charts!

  10. Looks great! Lovely photos, I love water.

  11. That is an enviable office indeed.

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