Photo and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I’m waving hello from the South of France. The delayed road trip I mentioned was successfully rescheduled! Yesterday we explored Marseilles — such a pretty town, and the home of the famed French soap. Today we’re renting a boat and exploring the Calanques, one of France’s national parks (stunning photos here).

And this weekend we’re going to explore more of the French Riviera — St. Tropez, Nice, Cannes, and a visit to Monaco too. This is our first visit to the French part of the Mediterranean Sea and we are getting a big kick out of how different it feels than other parts of France. It’s very close to both Italy and Spain and it’s easy to see the region has been heavily influenced by both.

It feels really good to soak up the sun, and soak up the family time, and get time at the beach every day. A great way to spend the last days of July! I’m off to slather on more sunscreen, but before I head out, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– I LOVED this interview about what the future might be like if whole cities turn to driver-less cars.

– The ultimate U.S. road trip, with the help of science.

– History was made this week when a woman was nominated as an official candidate for president. I was personally very moved, but not everyone was — see these varied thoughts of 9 prominent feminists on the news.

– How we teach our kids that women are liars.

– Just saw this kickstarter for a device to help you sleep while traveling. I’m kind of fascinated.

– Severe drought threatens southern Africa.

Useful online tool to measure how much men are talking compared to everyone else.

Autism as an adult — lots of hard things, but some hope too.

– Hah! Non-threatening leadership strategies for women.

– Breathtaking winners of a National Geographic photo contest.

– I first learned about fistula on a trip to Ethiopia and I’ve followed news about it ever since. Here’s a story about an all-female medical clinic in Kabul who treats women for the devastating, but solvable, medical condition.

– This is ‘by far the best time in human history’ — despite what you might read on Facebook.

– Thinking about moving abroad? I just found out La Cressonnière will be available at the end of August! (For those who don’t know, it’s the amazing house in France we lived in.)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.