The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.

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Christmas on the Côte d'Azur

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Christmas on the Côte d’Azur is full of fun, often full of good weather and probably a great deal more festive than you might think.

I’ve put together a round up of christmassy things to do and places to go on the French Riviera and nearby based purely on my family's experience and interests. It’s far from exhaustive, just my ideas, so please feel free to add any events I’ve missed in the comments below.

Christmas on Côte dAzur

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Silent Sunday - 22 November 2015

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glasses in the rubbish bin

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Colourful autumn garden

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We are experiencing the most wonderful autumn in the South of France.  For several weeks now the mercury has been hitting the 20s, with a high of 28°c last week!  November is often lovely on the French Riviera but these temperatures are even higher than normal.  The garden is still full of colour, with a mix of autumnal berries, second bloomings, fungi and pretty leaves.  This is what it looked like yesterday, 18 November 2015.  Come take a walk with me.

Lou Messugo November garden 06

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A night at the ballet

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Last week JF and I spent the evening at Covent Garden, along with Darcey Bussell, Fiona Bruce and Carlos Acosta but this didn't involve flights, hotels and expensive tickets; we didn't leave France, in fact we didn't even leave our own local area. In the somewhat shabby 1970s surrounds of the Alma Cinema at the CIV lycée in Sophia-Antipolis/Valbonne, a place where I'm more used to watching student plays and attending parents' meetings, we were transported to the glamour and excitement of a live ballet performance from the Royal Opera House in London.

Arts Alliance ballerinas poster

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