Following Rick Steves on the French Riviera

LOCATION:  Beaulieu sur Mer, France.  Near Nice
WEATHER:  Very pleasant and mostly sunny.  High 75

We started the day with a quick trip to our little outdoor market and an boulangerie, both just about a block from us.  We bought a baguette, some fruit for breakfast, and some vegetables for dinner tonight.  Then, we enjoyed baguette slices, cheese, and fresh figs out on our terrace for breakfast.  Nice!

Today’s plan was to follow in Rick Steves’ footsteps when he visits this part of Europe.  He likes to stay in and visit Villefranche sur Mer while checking out the French Riviera.  It is quite close to our town, so we walked there, about 1 mile.  The only problem……It was straight up!

From high above, we enjoyed lovely views of the sea below.  We could see people snorkeling in the clear Mediterranean below.

We walked past beautiful villas that overlook the sea.  Unfortunately, they have big gates to keep their privacy.  I did peek through one gate and saw a manicured lawn, beautiful gardens, swimming pool,  and luxury villa.

Once we were in Villefranche sur Mer, we meandered through the old part of town.  Unfortunately, there is a cruise ship docked in the town’s harbor, so there were a lot of tourists shopping.

We found a restaurant that Rick had recommended, and had a really good lunch.  I had a salad and George had one of their specials – grilled sea bass.  The French really know how to dress a salad – just the right amount of a very light dressing.  I wonder how we came up with “French dressing” in the USA?  It is nothing like they eat here.

We explored the Citadel from the 14th century, high up on a hill.

Then, down to the harbor searching for the bus stop.  Looking up,, you can see where we started the descent…

We were lucky to find the right bus, and took the short ride home.  (Our legs couldn’t take another hike back after 14,000 steps).  We stopped at the supermarket to buy shrimp for dinner. 

We relaxed with pate’, baguettes, wine, and beer on our terrace. 

DINNER:  I sauteed shrimp, green onions, garlic, and mushrooms in a wine and butter sauce.  Side was a lettuce and tomato salad, fresh from this morning’s market, with a light oil and vinegar dressing. And it was a very economical meal – $5 for the shrimp, $3 for a bottle of wine, $4 for the vegetables.

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