10 Cheap (and free) Things to do in Nice

“Cote d’Azur”. “The South of France”. “The French Riviera.” These descriptions of my new neighborhood just SOUND expensive and conjure up images of movie stars and fast cars. But since I’m not a movie star and live on a budget, I’ve found ways to cope with prices slightly higher than what I left behind in Taiwan. Last […]

A Day Trip from Nice – Exploring Colorful Menton, France

The train from Nice into neighboring Italy speeds through Menton and I notice huge lemons trees and a postcard-perfect Old Town stretching toward the sea. So, after quite a few trips speeding right through Menton en route to Italy, one cold winter day I decide to make Menton my final destination and am pleasantly surprised. […]

European Airline Customer Service – a Chicken vs Egg Thing?

This is a tale of three airlines with three different airline customer service nightmares: delays, cancellations, and missed connections. One occurred in the US while the other two happened in Europe. Looking back on each situation it makes me wonder which came first – horrible European airline customer service or extremely low expectations by European […]