To The Cote d'Azur
Friday 30th August 2019
Flew down to Nice, and then headed from the airport to St. Paul de Vence, where we'd be spending our first two nights.
Cote d'Azur August/September 2019
Not the Cote d'Azur obviously! Blackfriars station as we were passing through on the way to Gatwick.
Erika on the train, I forget why she asked me to take this picture.
A light lunch in the lounge at Gatwick.
Me in the lounge.
The Champagne on offer in the BA lounge. I think I have concluded I just really don't like Nicola Feuillatte.
On the bus to the plane.
Waiting to get on the plane. We were the last passengers on board.
Lunch number two on the plane.
The on board Champagne was also Nicolas Feuillatte, unfortunately. Was really craving some ESW by this point.
Views from the plane.
Coming in to land at Nice now I think.
On French time now! ...and here's the view from our hotel for the first two nights, on the outskirts of St. Paul de Vence.
The gardens of the hotel had all sorts of fruit trees and grape vines.
Lovely to walk through this corridor of vines to get to the hotel.
More grape vines here.
The door to our room.
Very pretty Provencal sort of building I thought.
Erika didn't want to waste any time and get straight into the hotel swimming pool!
Me and Erika swimming.
Chie and Erika by the pool.
Looks like an old fruit (possibly grape?) press.
More pictures of grapes.
The view again.
Me amongst the vines.
On the way into St. Paul de Vence.
It was a pleasant walk into the village, including passing under what seemed to be an aquaduct.
St. Paul de Vence seen through some foliage.
The cafe by the gate into the village.
Inside St. Paul de Vence.
The views from the ramparts of St. Paul de Vence.
Chie and Erika on the ramparts.
Me having my traditional first pastis to mark our arrival to the Cote d'Azur.
Chie and Erika also having a drink by the ramparts.
I chose the restaurant for tonight's dinner - "Un Couer en Provence" on the basis I got the impression they did some Provencal type dishes plus pizza (because Chie would want to eat something local, but pizza was a safe bet given the trials of finding vegetarian food in France). As it turned out the menu was almost entirely pizza, but Chie was moderately happy with a Salade Nicoise.
Also ordered this tomato salad on the side.
...and this was my pizza. Ended up over eating a bit.
Catching the tail end of the sunset back at the ramparts after dinner.
Chie and Erika with the lights behind them.
Erika oddly lit.
The gelateria where we went for dessert.
After that we went for an evening wander around St. Paul de Vence.
I thought this place looked nice.
Night views out over the surrounding countryside.
Heading back to our hotel now, back under the aquaduct.
Good night St. Paul de Vence!