Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Friday, April 11, 2014

More "French bashing," the French say

I wrote a story in the Citizen a few months ago about how France's rebuttals to the English media are sometimes lost because they only argue back in French, through their own media. (It's in the post below this one.) There's another rebuttal today about whether the French are being FORCED to stop working after 6 pm.

The English story in The Guardian.
Another English story in NYMag, written with info from The Guardian one.

The French rebuttal in Le Figaro.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The perils of reporting from abroad

My op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen today about the "Fall of France," the price of milk, and reporting from overseas.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Landslides all around Nice

Here's the video I posted yesterday, but embedded -- in case my link called "video" wasn't enough to get you to look.



Friday, January 17, 2014

The roads are crumbling!


I was scolded by the French daycare yesterday because I was five minutes late dropping off my son. I hadn't realized that could happen! It had been raining and raining and getting him in and out of the car had been way more time consuming than usual -- it's not a big excuse, but it's a true one. They told me that if I were late again, they'd make me take my son back home!

So, this morning I set out with the goal of being not too early (I've had problems with that before, too :) or at all late. I was very, very lucky to make it on time... after having to drive through THIS in the rain:






And, my area got off lightly! Here's a video of some of the very impressive damage around the collines of Nice. The scary part, other than the obvious, immediate danger, is that there are houses perched on top of these hills -- some just above the landslides! (My photos are NOTHING compared to this!)