You've probably noticed that I've been MIA on the blog for the past week. I'm still fairly active on Instagram (drop by and follow me there). I only have internet connection back at the apartment and opted not to pay the earth for a few measly megabytes on my cellphone. Lately, we've been hopping from town to town on Bus 100 which weaves along the coastal line of the French Riviera from Nice to Menton but stopping at Cap St Jean Ferrat, Villefranche sur mer, Beaulieu sur mer, Eze and Monaco. The bus fare is ridiculously cheap at 1.50€ per journey regardless of how far you travel. The view is insanely spectacular especially when the sun begins to dip below the horizon.
If you're an heir to a multi-billion organization, an oligarch, self made gazillionaire or have a license to print money, I suggest you buy one of these villas perched on the hilltop overlooking the sea. The apartment we rented would fit nicely into one of their bathrooms. I bet their closet is bigger than my bathroom.
Though I'm not much of a sunbather but a stroll down the Promenade to the old town to grab an ice cream from Fenucchio is a must. I gather the 30 minute walk back to the apartment will burn off the extra calories from the 2 scoops of gelato. After all, there are 90 flavors (my favorites are caramel and lychee) and the daily intake is part of my "research" for the blog. It's a tough job being an ice cream critic but someone's got to do it (says the lady who now has to hold her breath in order to button up her shorts and hoping she doesn't pass out from the lack of oxygen).
You know the book "French women don't get fat" ? Well, their pigeons are just as scrawny too compared to the
My friend, Tiphaine insisted that I must try socca, a Provencal dish which is essentially a pancake made from chickpea flour (photo above). We also tried farci or otherwise known as stuffed vegetables. We stumbled upon the busy Lou Pilha Leva on 10 rue Collet in Vieux Nice (old town). The sardine beignet and farci were tasty. I didn't mind the socca though I can't say I'm a fan. We had 3 dishes for 12€ which is a bargain considering how expensive eating out can be in Nice. I've been largely uninspired by the food there especially the mid priced restaurants. For those of you who've been to Nice before, feel free to recommend any restaurants in Nice.
If you're bored of the sand, beach and sun, there's always shopping. The big 3 - Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton can be fond along Avenue de Verdun. In fact, there are 2 Hermes stores if you're a fan of the brand. The second can be found at 9 rue de la Bufa (which is on the street parallel to Ave de Verdun). Head over to Monoprix, Nice Etoile and Galerie LaFayette for decent shopping that won't break the bank.
As a child growing up in Borneo, I used to devour Enid Blyton books. The stories of Famous Five or Secret Seven who spent their summer in incredible places filled my head with dreams of one day, perhaps.....someday, I might be able to see Europe. I can't help but feel a sense of wonder that we can nip over to Provence or any other places in Europe for that matter so easily and inexpensively. I hope Lil L will appreciate the privilege of traveling to so many places at a tender age of 7. An opportunity neither her parents nor her grandparents have.