Going to Nice

Nice is a city that glitters. Maybe it?s the light reflected off the Mediterranean, maybe it?s the colour of the buildings themselves, but it almost hurts the eyes it is so dazzling. It is one of the most gorgeous cities I?ve ever been in.? To get...

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In France #4

I went to Italy to shop for groceries the other day. It?s not quite as daunting as it sounds. Our town is only 30 minutes by train from the Italian border and Ventimiglia is a town with a great marche. Several years ago I noticed that...

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In France #3

We have now been coming to the same area in France for almost 20 years. It?s a matter of nesting, finding comforting rituals and loving what could easily be mistaken for paradise. I asked my friend Marie what it was like to live in paradise...

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In France #2

Weather is just as much front and centre here as it is in Canada. We left before 15cm of snow fell in Toronto, ?and arrived to stormy weather here. It bucketed down rain today and there was nothing to do but go to our favourite...

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In France #1

I have been practically drowning in details trying to get out of town and on the way to France for the last three weeks. We left late Thursday night on what has to be one of the weirder trips we?ve had getting here. We traveled Air...

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The Italian trip

Last night I had the best time. Dinner at Grano with a group organized by the inimitable Roberto Martello (recent winnter of the Jane Jacobs Award for his contributions to our city). This group heavy on people who had or will be speaking at the...

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Ottawa

Well so much for blogging on the road. I went to Ottawa on Sunday thinking I'd tippy tap away each day but I was busy every single minute I was gone. What an incredible place for a gardener to land. I love Ottawa: lived there as...

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