And at last, I get to tell you about the last leg of our trip to France – The Côte d’Azur. As sad I was to leave Paris, I was happy to go from cold, damp and rainy weather to the warm and happy sunshine of the French Riviera. Our hotel was in the city of Nice and accessible to the other coastal cities by trains and buses. The trip was a mix of sightseeing, idle beach time (you could never keep me too far away from a beach) and endless ice cream eating. (Lavender ice cream is my favorite)
I’m struggling to write this post – there was so much I loved and remember fondly about this part of our trip. I think I am going to let my pictures speak for me. Words seem to elude me as I sit down and force myself to hammer out this post. Warning – This post is picture heavy!
Away we go:
A view of Nice from Castle Hill – The first of many scrumptious (for lack of a better word) views that we were treated to on this trip.
Nice’s Cours Saleya Market – The cherries & strawberries seem to mock me in this picture for not buying them! And the macaron shaped soaps! We didn’t walk away empty handed though – We bought some lavender & olive scented soaps, some gifts for friends and had a makeshift lunch of raspberries, watermelon (PK is a watermelon fanatic!) and socca (a local Nicoise crepe made of chickpea flour). In the evenings, the fruits and veggies give way to vendors selling jewelry and other trinkets. How I didn’t buy any jewelry despite all this temptation is a divine miracle!
Cap d’Antibes – I went into this experience completely devoid of expectations (since I don’t do any travel research – thanks to my husband) and came back spell bound. This 2 hour coastal hike I think was the shining crown jewel of our trip (pardon the hyperbole, I am coming off a marathon binge watch of Game of Thrones). I think the pictures say more than I ever can.
St. Paul-de-Vence – Our second medieval town (after Bruges) of the trip. The town is at an elevation and surrounded by ramparts (high walls, basically). The city inside is so charming and pretty that I think I was going nuts with the camera. Have you seen a water fountain this cute?
Village of Eze – The cactus garden at the village of Eze has a jaw dropping view of the Mediterranean coastline. After some incessant picture taking I just gave up and decided to just stare into the distance instead. What a view!
Once again, thank you for allowing me to reminisce!