My last vacation of the summer has taken me about 20 miles from Nice into the foothills of the Alps. It is still unconscionably hot–the third hottest summer on record–so I played lizard today and moved as little as possible, except in the pool. Yes, I have rented a charming apartment in a grand villa where I share the pool only with another couple. No air conditioning but it is paradise nonetheless. For Ellie as well.