La Route Napoleon

On the second chase scene, Richard and Gabriela are in what is known as the Route Napoleon, between Grasse and St. Vallier de Thiey.The Route Napoleon is called such because, after Napoleon left Elba, he landed near Nice and marched, supposedly triumphant, via this road in 1815.  He, of course, was then defeated at Waterloo … Read more

More setting on the novel — Cagnes-sur-Mer

In the novel, Gabriela is driven home by Richard after learning something critical that will affect her life.  On her way there, she observes:  “… they zoomed by the walled city of Cagnes-sur-Mer, perched on the hill like an eagle’s nest on a telephone pole.”The city of Cagnes-sur-Mer looks like a eagle’s eyrie when traveling … Read more

More setting in the novel — Bories

In Chapter 20 of the novel, Gabriela describes the following:  “the forest abruptly ended at a small expanse of pasture.  A cone-shaped stone hut emerged incongruously from its center, the rickety, slab door hanging crookedly from decaying hinges.”She is referring to a borie–a dry-stone hut structure familiar to the landscape of the Alpes Maritimes and … Read more

Some Tourist Attractions in Nice

In my novel, Richard spends the first couple of days sight-seeing Nice.  I have posted the places he saw so that you can share his experiences.  Tomorrow I will be adding more places that Richard visited in Nice.Happy reading. This is the Negresco Hotel- a hotel whose architecture dates back to the Bell Epoque.  It … Read more