Bonjour et Bienvenue! I'm Jenny.
In 2021, I quit my career, got (rescued by) a dog, sold everything, and followed my dreams to live, learn, and write in the South of France. Along the way, I created hexagon home for sharing inspiration, hard truths, and helpful hints for anyone who's ever wondered what it takes to reinvent your life.
You can think of this site like a private French flea market, where you'll discover a trove of worn-velvet personal essays, tucked among pretty postcards of architectural remnants and "la vie quotidienne" in Provence. Browse our collection of bureaucratic flaming hoops, humor, fine whines, travel advice of questionable value, and other junk you never knew you needed.
Jenny, Sophie, & Vincent
Depending on who you ask, Corsica is either heaven on earth, or a dangerous cesspool. It's also the unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving story-- for anyone except me.
Today, Corsica (la Corse, in French), may be most famous as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the most powerful military leaders in European history. The island's flag, according to legend, features the severed head of a Moorish kidnapper from the 13th century. There is even a particular switchblade named the Corsican Vendetta, in reference to their tradition of vengeance.
Corsica's notoriety extends far beyond its storied shores. Ask anybody in Aix-en-Provence about the number of storefronts here closed due to "accidental" fires, and the response comes with a shrug and a 2-word whisper: "Mafia Corse."
If Corsica's reputation for violence precedes it, consider this: by the time the American Indians and the Pilgrims were supposedly making nice-nice over corn casserole in 1621, this little Mediterranean island had already been invaded, traded, and jaded by dozens of regimes in its 2000+ year history. Its battle for sovereignty continued, but France officially reclaimed ownership in 1796, just as the (16) United States were electing their second president.
Despite its stained history, Corsica is my happy place.
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