20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Ventimiglia, Italy

The last full day of our Nice housesit was made all the more special when Katherine and Paul suggested we all go to Italy for lunch. So we did - by train!

L to R: Katherine, Paul, Dianne & John

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Mont Boron, La Turbie & Monaco Revisited

Not far from Le Port and a short distance to the east is Mont Boron. We've visited the area numerous times and in May 2019 walked there. This time around I was determined to repeat that walk and did so with far less (dare I say no) huffing and puffing. 👍

Sunday, 1 December 2019


We've been to Villefranche-sur-Mer a number of times, but have always taken the bus from Nice. On this visit I felt comfortable walking the 5 kms (one way) and I'm ever so happy we did as the scenery along the Princess Grace de Monaco Blvd is stunning.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Back to Nice!

John and I first became smitten with Nice in January 2016 and as with all great relationships it was love at first sight. If not for Katherine and Paul who offered us a return house and parrot sit after they relocated to Nice from Jacou, we may never have experienced the wonders of this amazing city and certainly not in such depth as this marks our fifth housesit in Nice. We're ever so grateful for the opportunity both then and now and simply cannot imagine life without their friendship or the opportunity to care for Petra and "the girls" while we savour the incredible splendours of Nice.
 🤗🤗 Merci beaucoup, guys! 🤗🤗 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


On Saturday, October 26 we returned to France for a 2.5-week repeat housesit in Nice. We were delighted to be able to take public transit and especially eager to travel on Ottawa's new LRT (Light Rail Transit) system. Combining the O-Train with the #7 bus eliminated at least 20 minutes off the journey from our condo to the Via Rail Station. We're impressed!

O-Train, Tremblay Station