A “French Kiss” Location

If you remember the movie, French Kiss, starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, there is a scene where Luc’s brother drives under an archway into a medieval town square, where they get into a fist fight – that square is Place des Arcades in Valbonne, about a 45 minute drive from Nice.


I was having lunch at the Café des Arcades in this square (at the restaurant where they seemed to have sat) and couldn’t help but think about this movie scene.


(filmed in Valbonne)

The meal was delicious, as I lingered over dessert while a summer rain passed through and people watched. Afterwards, I browsed through some local bric-a-brac shops and stopped by the English Book Centre. A great day, topped off with a “French Kiss” moment!

What’s Your Authentic Life?

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  (Eleanor Roosevelt)

An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life – the golden ones and the coarse ones – and may you weave them into a brilliant and beautiful life. (Chinese proverb)


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Proposed Ban on Smoking

Health Minister Marisol Touraine has proposed banning smoking in public places, such as beaches, outside school gates and in parks.  Smoking kills 73,000 people each year, and she would like to see a general mobilisation against tobacco.Nice was the first city to ban smoking on a beach, last summer on Centenaire Plage in the town centre, and this year has added a second, Lenval. Offenders face a €11 fine.  Riviera neighbours Cannes, La Ciotat, and Menton are following suit this summer along with northern beaches such as Ouistreham and St Malo.
Credit/Source: Excerpt from The Connexion

Quitting Timeline:

After 20 minutes blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
After 24 hours lungs start to clear.
After 2 days body is nicotine free and sense of taste & smell return.
After 3 days breathing is easier and energy increases.
After 2 to 12 weeks circulation improves.
After 3 to 9 months coughs and wheezing lessen.
After 1 year risk of heart attack is half that of a smoker.
After 10 years risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker.
(Source: NHS)