“The temperature is all right sir? Too warm, a little too cold perhaps?”
The beautiful blonde flight attendant is clearly concerned with my well-being, and who am I to argue?
Thirty thousand feet below me, the green and brown Polish countryside is laid out in perfectly checkered summer patterns as far as I can see. The day is clear and sunny and I am the only person in the first class section of LOT Polish Airlines flight 341, Warsaw to Nice.
“Maybe it’s a bit warm for you?” her bottomless blue eyes yearn to please.
“Thank you no, really it’s perfect” I respond with, I hope, just the right amount of affected insouciance.
Smiling demurely, she disappears.
I lean back in my oversized chair, close jet-lagged eyes, and mentally applaud the decision to donate a substantial number of hard-earned frequent flyer miles to the rarefied, seldom breathed air of first class. This is not how I usually travel (OK, I never travel this way), but it’s obvious to me now that first class is exactly where I belong.
The lightest touch on my shoulder. “Sir, I was just wondering….
Something catches her attention and we both turn to see Continue reading
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Click here for information on the French Riviera Mini Cooper Driving Adventure!
From the celebrated corniche roads to the beautiful back country, the south of France offers intrepid drivers endless opportunities for motorized fun.
The crew at BBC’s Top Gear already knows this.
They began their search for the “World’s Best Driving Road” near Monaco on the renowned col de Turini.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s glamorous 1953 film, To Catch A Thief, driving plays a pivotal role during chase scenes through the beautiful villages of the back country and on the dramatic moyenne corniche (with Grace Kelly behind the wheel no less).
“Ronin”, starring Robert DeNiro and “GoldenEye”, starring Pierce Brosnan also feature Continue reading
PE.P is the unofficial savior of Le Bar sur Loup.
You’ll find him open most nights toiling away in his tiny, two-seater pizza joint tucked inconspicuously into a corner of Place Francis Paulet (the main square). A sole purveyor of affordable goodness, PE.P’s light shines like a beacon of hope to hungry souls in need of a quick and delicious fix.
Made to order in minutes using only the freshest ingredients, PE.P’s pizzas have saved me from certain starvation on many nights.
12 Place Francis Paulet
06620 Le Bar sur Loup, France
Tel. 04 93 60 19 82
“I Feel it Tonight”
Written by Charles Arndt
Performed by Bunny Austin
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At this point in my life I guess there’s a fairly good chance I’ll never be famous, rich, content, liked-by-many, sober, smart, handy around the house, well-dressed, desirable, a doctor, the third member of WHAM!, asked to a party for any reason other than to serve drinks and help clean-up, comfortable, or witty.
But hey, who’s perfect?
I feel like now is the right time for me to take a profound step on my journey of personal growth and acknowledge a few negligible imperfections.
Because I’m competing for my wife’s affections, that’s why, and in order to improve my chances of winning I think I should first recognize one or two minor shortcomings so that I can move forward and become a better man.
With whom am I competing (you may be asking yourself in perfectly irritating proper English)?
Benicio del Toro.
Ever since my wife and I spotted Benicio del Toro (what does that mean anyway, Benicio of the Bull?) at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year I know she’s been thinking about him.
She won’t acknowledge it but I know she knows I know.
I can feel it.
Of the Bull feels it too.
That’s why I’m taking this bullfight public.
Check out the video I took outside the Hotel Martinez in Cannes. Continue reading
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