LOCATION: Beaulieu sur Mer, on the French Riviera
WEATHER: Sunny. High 73
We started the day with one of our favorite breakfasts – leftover pizza with a “sunny side up” egg on top. And a few fig slices. Yum!
Then, we were off to Villefranche sur Mer, where we caught the Hop On/Hop Off bus around the coast and through Nice. It is a good way to familiarize oneself with a new city.
The bus took us down the famous Promanade with its elegant hotels and restaurants.
We learned that the builder of this famous hotel made the cupola to look like his lover’s breast!
Famous people have stayed there like Princes Grace Kelly, Charlie Chaplin, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson.
We hopped off the bus and wandered through some back streets, ending up again on the Promenade. The waterfront restaurants were setting up for lunch.
People had recommended the flower market in the Old Town. We finally found it – full of lovely flowers, plus fruit and veg.
Alongside the market were many cafes. We found one that serves Salade Nicoise. Afterall, when one is in Rome, or in this case, when one is in Nice, one must have a Salade Nicoise. It was huge! Different kinds of lettuce, sweet red pepper slices, red onion, tuna, black olives, tomatoes, anchovies, and hard-boiled egg wedges.
To be adventurous, George had some grilled frog legs….
This place touts its seafood. Some of the items were very pricey!
We hopped back on the bus with such lovely views…
I looked up some info on some of the mega-yachts in the harbor. One is owned by a London business tycoon and two belong to wealthy Russian oligarchs. They cost about $150 million.
After the Hop On bus, we caught a regular bus back home. Being rush hour, it was crowded. Nice people steered me to the “old-people’s seat” – notice the stick person with a cane!
Back in Beaulieu sur Mer, we returned to the cafe that offers happy hour. It sure brings the people in. Then, we shopped in the supermarket under our apartment. The fishmonger remembered us from yesterday when we bought the shrimp. Today I was buying mussels to steam. I asked him if they are fresh, as I saw a few broken ones. He assured me that they were, then threw in an extra handful “just in case”.
DINNER: Steamed mussels. One of my favorite foods. I did them the traditional method – sauteed some onion and garlic in butter, then added the mussels and white wine. Steam for about 5 minutes. The trick is to not cook them too long. Then, enjoy, sopping up the broth with some good baguette chunks.