Category Archives: Alpes Maritimes

Courmettes in April

What with UK family crises and winter, we haven’t been up at Courmettes for some months. Last weekend, however, it was the Conseil d’Administration (think Board of Trustees) of A Rocha France, a body which includes Chris. After unseasonably warm … Continue reading

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Courmettes Centenary Part 2

As we mentioned last week, we have just had the centenary celebrations for Courmettes. Last week we blogged on the many labours done for preparation. This week we want to give you some photos of events on the Saturday and … Continue reading

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Courmettes Centenary part 1

Almost exactly a century ago, as the appalling bloodbath of the First World War staggered wearily to its end,  the Domaine des Courmettes was bought by a local pastor (with a generous donation from America) for the Protestant Church of … Continue reading

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Courmettes encore

Last week we went up to Courmettes again for a couple of days. The occasion was the holiday of A Rocha UK. And, as everybody who comes to Courmettes seems to be, they were profoundly impressed by the site. It … Continue reading

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Cannes and the curse of the Image

There is a problem in being Cannes. Because Cannes’ very existence depends on being known as bright, glitzy and exclusive that image must, at all costs, be maintained. The mayor must lie awake at night worried that he will read … Continue reading

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Théoule sur Mer and a sombre reminder

As we’ve commented before, we have two ways back from church in Cannes. One is the fast motorway route that winds smoothly over the hills. The other is to take the spectacular, cliff-hugging  road along the coast (the Corniche d’Or), … Continue reading

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Snow

Given that the winter months down here are December, January and February there was something very appropriate about the first winter storms occurring on Saturday 2nd December. As regular readers will know everybody here has been desperately anxious for precipitation … Continue reading

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Cannes: the City of Promises

There are two high seasons in Cannes: the first is the brief manic intensity of the late spring film festival. The second is the much more protracted, but only marginally less insane, summer period. It seems that in the same … Continue reading

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Faraday-A Rocha course at Courmettes

This week we have been up at Courmettes. Chris was doing a lot of teaching on geology and the environment in a course jointly run by A Rocha France and the Cambridge-based Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, entitled “Creation, … Continue reading

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Nice and Courmettes

We had our elder son and family here for their half-term recently. It’s a good time to come with youngsters: the pool has warmed up to the point where you can spent a couple of hours in it – which … Continue reading

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