By Mary Kay Seales According to the Nice Convention Bureau website, Nice is the number one tourist destination in France after Paris, with approximately 5 million visitors each year. And for 17 years, I have been one of them. And my observation of the masses that sit on the many beaches of the French Riviera… Continue reading The Magic Pill for Happiness?
By Mary Kay Seales It just dawned on me today, as I was lying on the beach in Nice in the south of France that many of the tourists walking along the Promenade, just above the beach, and most surely the young American males among them, were probably "scanning for boobs." It's true that on… Continue reading Hats Off to Liberté
By Mary Kay Seales I always knew there was a possibility. I heard tell. But for seventeen years, I have never been stung by a jellyfish on the Côte d'Azur. Until today. OUCH! I knew immediately what had happened because I had been stung once before in the Caribbean when I swam through a school… Continue reading Sting, Stang, Stung!
"Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy thing' in check." Edward Burns By Mary Kay Seales Growing up in the 1950's in the U.S., it was common to hear at any dinner table around the country, "Clean your plate! There are children starving in China!" I don't know… Continue reading How Can You Travel on the French Riviera When Children Are Starving in China?
By Mary Kay Seales I'm back in one of my favorite places on earth, the dreamy blue Côte d'Azur in southern France. It's summer and the tourist season is in full swing. The beaches are packed, and the little narrow streets in the ancient cities along the coast are alive with people sitting at outdoor cafes, sipping… Continue reading The French Riviera: It really is all it’s cracked up to be!
By Mary Kay Seales “The cool thing is that jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment. At our best, we’re non-judgmental.” Herbie Hancock… Continue reading Jazz: A Lingua Franca with Body & Soul
By Mary Kay Seales (previously published in France Today, June 29, 2016) Do you love travelling to France, but shy away from the French Riviera because you think it’s all glitz and glamour? Most people I talk to have the same reaction: Don’t I have to be a movie star or a millionaire to vacation… Continue reading Three Days on the French Riviera Without Breaking the Bank