I am StrateGigi, an Assistant Professor of Strategy. I recently returned to my everyday life in the French Riviera. Today I will share my thoughts on Mougins, the old village where I live.
On the heights of Cannes and surrounded by the Valmasque forest, Mougins is a medieval burg of ruinous ramparts and narrow streets intermitted with pine, olive, and Cyprus trees. During the day, its natural beauty is irradiated by the most luminous light cutting through the clear atmosphere of the French Riviera. It is a landscape of serenity and liveliness which appealed to the creative minds of celebrated artists, most notably Pablo Picasso.
In the twilight of the evening, I habitually take walks to the old village. It’s the time of the day when I ponder the progress of my research and conjecture about the future. I frequently compare these nocturnal excursions to the ones I had in Michigan, where the winter snow leveled the surroundings in a vast lunar scenery. Oh, how different! Meandering in Mougins stimulates all my senses and makes my life rich with inspiration. With its pines, crepuscular birds, and starring sky, Mougins really is a lovely place. After all, it was good enough for Picasso. Should it not be good enough for me too?