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French Lessons
French Lessons traces real life in the Côte d'Azur, focusing on Antibes, the seaside city of ramparts between Nice and Cannes. Having resurrected a ruined villa on the Cap d'Antibes, we have lived here full- or part-time for 15 years.
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  • FRENCH IMMERSION IN ANTIBES: A TEEN'S EVOLUTION 3 weeks ago As French Lessons bids readers au revoir from its 2021 edition, we review Lolo’s choice to immerse herself in real French life over the summer. Certainly our teen found the option more palatable than the alternative, an online French class, but with what results?
  • Why is the Riviera razing its beach restaurants? 2 months ago The Côte d’Azur has been bulldozing its beach restaurants. The demolition began a few years ago, wiping out celebrated haunts and their too-permanent installations. The image is shocking – but as ever, this coin has two sides. As the upheaval moves closer to home, French Lessons tries to...
  • Domotique: Small firms light up French life 2 months ago Returning home from dinner late one night, French Lessons found our home worryingly dark. Somehow Bellevue’s electricity had been cut. An improvised gadget, a can-do spirit, and neighbourly ties eradicate our latest gremlin and cast light on the ongoing dilemma of local business owners.
  • Luck in Antibes: It's not for the birds 3 months ago When Philippe got plastered by a well-fortified seagull, we laughed over his dumb luck. After Lolo’s and my near-misses – and a couple four-leaf clovers in the garden – we wondered: Did these things mean bonne chance in France? And why did we need so much of it? We soon found out.
  • Rebonjour: From my eclectic pandemic muse 3 months ago We’re late, we’re late, for a very important date! The date? The first edition of French Lessons, version 2021, of course. We’re excités to say rebonjour – and have a good excuse for our tardiness: an all-consuming, slow-burn, pandemic passion.

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