Bonne Nouvelle Année

It’s been a slow crawl to the end of 2021 and the start of 2022. We entered a medical crisis, and that took all our energy, time and focus. Once again, we are thankful for the high quality of French health care, in which the Carte Vitale pays for everything.

Thanks to Omicron (pronounced “O-micron” which means small O in Greek, as I have recently discovered, as opposed to “O-mega” which means large O), our holidays were spent without family visitors but with a good number of friends. The festivities were low key, and fewer, but still meaningful.

Nice was decked out as usual and made one list of best cities in Europe to see Christmas lights. For the most part, I skipped them and the risky (Omicron) crowds this year. I put up one decoration at home.

Vintage angel decoration

Earlier, in November, a fellow photographer friend and I gave ourselves a gallery show, one of the events of the year for us. We each sold two prints. As we sat in the gallery day after day for two weeks, we were able to enter into good conversations about art, culture, photography and more with visitors. I was happy to see that many people didn’t realize my seascapes were taken in Nice. Perhaps I did succeed in capturing a different — my — view of the sea and city.

From the gallery show

We are likely to stay put in Nice for most of the new year, as travel is out of the picture for now. I still find it a good place to live. The glorious weather in December was one reminder, and the rollout of impressive “grands projets” to make the city ever more appealing was another. So here we stay, unless we decide chateau living is more our style.

I wish you all a splendid 2021.

About kmazz

I spend as much time as possible pursuing my interests in global culture, photography, arts and politics.
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9 Responses to Bonne Nouvelle Année

  1. Ruth Miller says:

    Lovely photography!

    You spent 2 weeks at a gallery?

    The new grand projects in Nice are gorgeous and exciting. What is the purpose of the holes in the balcony. I realize they add to the view but why not just not have the surface outside the fences? That would provide an even better view. Just curious if you know.

    We wish you a wonderful 2022 too! 🙂❤

    Say Hi to Dave. Is he able to get up and about – go outside?

    You are amazing with all you do and are. As Dave told us shortly after we first met – you are definitely a go-go-getter!

    Love to you and Dave. 💕 💓

    Ruth and John

  2. Jim Young says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and David, Kathleen. I hope 2022 is filled with all that is good for you both. As usual, I love your photos. Looks like Nice to me! LOL. Tommy tells me you now have a new prime lens. Good going! I fully expect to see more portraits now… Stay well and happy.
    Hugs, Jim

  3. Karen McKay says:

    Thank you so much for the New Year greetings. We wish you a bright and healing 2022!

  4. Mel says:

    Happy New Year!

  5. carolkriebel says:

    Excellent. I can’t respond on word press or I would.

    Just took a two mile walk to curb my anxiety. Feel so good.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Kathy Avery says:

      always…gorgeous photography…….and the photographer too.
      our 3 daughters : Morgan, Regan and Devon are all lovers of their cameras. There styles are different ..but all so different.
      love to you and Your sweety . Happy New Year……and on forever .
      Kathy and Robert Avery

  6. Ian says:

    Nice is a magical city and I can almost imagine how lovely it would look all decked out in December. Congratulations re your artistic success; your upward trajectory in art circles is sure to continue. Sorry about the medical crisis but hope that you are now on top of this. Bonne année to you both!

  7. Diane says:

    Your post was incredibly welcome during this most nail-biting phase of the pandemic. I hope Dave is up and on the mend, and enjoying that wonderful Nice sun.
    How exciting that you had a exhibition! Keep it up, kid, and don’t stop the posts!
    Love,
    Diane

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