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Celebrating Life on the Riviera

The color of the sea, from the Promenade des Anglais in Nice


On my way to the Cours Saleya Sunday morning, as is my usual routine to visit the market, have a coffee and then land at Le Safari for lunch, all the other pedestrians and I had to gingerly cross through the runners along avenue Félix Faure who were partaking in the 32nd Nice International Half Marathon. The race is made up of more than 10,500 runners from all over the world. The distance for the run is 21.1 kilometers, but there were several different runs for a variety of participants—a family run, a teen’s run and even one for kids.

Poster for the Nice semi-marathon

The route for the Nice semi-marathon

The runners were everywhere to be found in Nice, under blue-blue skies, but gusty winds, sporting their jerseys and number tags…adding lots of additional color to the already colorful landscape. The sea was so blue, that everyone was out taking photos along the Promenade des Anglais, in spite of the winds. Meanwhile the sky couldn’t have been bluer.

Finish line for the Nice semi-marathon

The blue blue sky of Nice

Yes, Nice is nice.


Have you ever written a eulogy about someone you loved? It can be a very cathartic experience that helps with the the raw emotions of grief.

I did that on Saturday in advance of the memorial we planned for Sunday afternoon in Nice to celebrate the life of my niece, Shari, who died this past January of a very aggressive unstoppable cancer. It had all begun in Nice, on Bastille Day, when a tumor of massive proportions was discovered, the likes of which were inconceivable.

No one should have to bury their child. I have always believed it would be the worst thing that could happen to me. This was a close second, as we were personally very attached, as both family and friends.

This kind of a loss was the catalyst for my discovery of Eckhart Tolle and The Power of Now about 20 years ago. A friend told me his story of having lost one of his 16 year old twin boys in a motorcycle accident. In order to deal with the loss, he subscribed to Tolle’s philosophy of acceptance: “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”

What choice do have anyway?

There were about a dozen people in attendance, upstairs at Oscar Restaurant in Nice. It was hosted by Shari’s widower, George. I had prepared a rotating slide show filled with fun pictures of Shari that we technically never got to work, so instead I went through them manually, but only after I delivered the eulogy. It was difficult to get through it as I couldn’t help but get teared up at almost every sentence or thought and I could see George was tearing up, too.

Adrian Leeds delivering the eulogy for her niece Shari's memorial

After the slides, with comments about each one, I showed an FYI TV episode in which Shari, my daughter and myself played ourselves visiting three tiny apartments, one of which Shari purchased. The apartment was a studio in Le Marais that I had owned and she had purchased from me. It was fun and funny, so that helped lighten the mood, but then others wanted to say a few words, so they did.

It was all recorded for the family to see, but it’s not for public viewing. Sorry.

By the end of the event, I was quite drained. It was bitter sweet in that it was both sad, yet cathartic and cleansing…a way of saying goodbye that was meaningful. Everyone appreciated the opportunity.

FILMING IN THE PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

This morning a driver picked me up to head to the Jardin René Cassin in Antibes where our filming begins of our 56th House Hunters International episode. The garden was named in honor of René Cassin’s work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It features some thirty exotic, Mediterranean and special species, including the albizia or silk tree, the catalpa with its atypical bean-pod-shaped fruit, and a camphor tree dating from the 1912 Antibes World’s Fair, when the garden was created as a classified wooded area.

Jardin René Cassin in Antibes

Our four-day filming adventure will take us to the villages of Biot, Valbonne and Antibes. The contributors are a mother-daughter team who are here so that the daughter can attend the prestigious Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Biot. It’s a big deal to be accepted there. Patrick Jean André Mouratoglou is a French tennis coach, sports commentator, and businessman who founded the Academy in 1996. Since he’s coached many up-and-coming players, including such tennis luminaries as Serena Williams, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezaï, and Yanina Wickmayer, as well as Laura Robson, Jérémy Chardy, Grigor Dimitrov and others of international renown.

The Mouratoglou International Academy

Biot (pronounced “Biotte”) is a tiny village northwest of Nice. Its inhabitants are known as the Biotois. Although the town is highly urbanized and increasingly integrated into the urban agglomeration along the Côte d’Azur coastline, it has retained its historic hilltop village almost intact. New districts have been built below it since the second half of the 20th-century, at the expense of agricultural land that was used for greenhouse horticulture. The Sophia Antipolis Technology Park occupies around a third of the commune’s territory.

The village of Biot, France

The Musée National Fernand Léger is located in Biot, the only museum in the world dedicated to Fernand Léger, a major artist of the 20th-century, who lived and worked in Biot. I visited Biot, the museum, as well as Valbonne and Antibes during a “A Four-Day Adventure on the Riviera” last September. You can read all about that in a past Nouvellettre®. I am looking forward to revisiting this very beautiful part of France.

The Musée National Fernand Léger

The Musée National Fernand Léger

You’ll be hearing more about it this week as I discover even more.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds with niece, Shari, in 2012Adrian Leeds
The Adrian Leeds Group®

Adrian with Shari in 2012

P.S. We have now filmed over 55 episodes of House Hunters International?! Newer episodes frequently re-air, so we work to keep you informed when they’ll air. You can also review all the episodes and see if they’ll be shown again by going to our HHI page.



  1. Mark DeCastro on April 22, 2024 at 9:00 am

    So very sorry for your loss Adrian.

  2. Tamara on April 22, 2024 at 9:21 am

    I’m saddened to read this news. Not much is as it “should be” right now. 😢May your sweet memories of Shari and her name be forever a blessing.

  3. Carolyn Canville Kundiger on April 22, 2024 at 9:24 am

    Adrian ,

    My heart breaks for you, and for all who knew and still love Shari. May her memory be a blessing. 💕


  4. Patricia Sands on April 22, 2024 at 10:24 am

    Dear Adrian ~ I’m so sorry to read about the passing of your dear niece. May her memory be a blessing. It’s so painful to so goodbye to those we love.

    I hope I’ll see you while I’m in Nice in September.

    P xo

  5. Arlene Presser on April 22, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    May your dear niece (Shari’) memory be as a blessing.

  6. Patricia Riedy on April 22, 2024 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Adrian,
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Via the written word you bring so much to my life (knowledge, chuckles and your unique way of satisfying my desire for everything francais) … I hate the thought of you being in pain.
    May your many memories of and with Shari carry you through this difficult time.
    Thinking of you.
    Patricia R

    • Adrian Leeds Group on April 26, 2024 at 4:49 am

      Thank you!

  7. Laurie Van Zant on April 24, 2024 at 8:48 am

    Adrian, my sincerest sympathies to you regarding the loss of your niece, Shari. You do not know me; I am simply a subscriber who cares; if I could send a knowing hug through this email, I would. I have been receiving your nouvellettres for some time now, long enough to feel a sense of connection. Combined with your YouTube videos, these very informative and personal articles have nurtured a sense of belonging to a greater community. Through your voice, I have learned so much already, and I just needed to tell you that I appreciate and value your thoughtful, insightful, creative words of wisdom. Know that there are subscribers out there in the electronic abyss who genuinely care. Kind Regards, Laurie V

    • Adrian Leeds Group on April 26, 2024 at 4:48 am

      Thank you so much!

  8. Mary Russell on April 27, 2024 at 5:56 pm

    HI Adrian,
    I join everyone to express how sorry I am sorry for your loss of your special niece, Shari. I was one of many who saw that episode and it was so delightful. Shari was so delightful and her warmth and sense of humor came through in that short 30 minutes. You have a special gift of bringing us along in the journey and including us in the process with your sense of humor and deep love for France. Thank you for sharing your very difficult story and I’m glad to hear how Eckhart Tolle helped with his guidance.
    Best Wishes during your recovery too,

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