Foodie in France – Day 12 and 13: Cannes and Nice

At the risk of sounding like a broken record I must say again…where has the time gone? Total blog fail on my part for not posting my final days in France. Ever since we left in October I feel like the last two and a half months have been a giant blur. With the new year approaching I’m making it my goal to incorporate my blog into my daily life. So here we go….

Since this is my final post on one of the most fabulous trips of  my life I thought I would treat it more like a pictorial diary. So without further ado here is a recount of my final days in Cannes and Nice, France.

Day 12: Cannes

Our 14 day trip to France was winding down and on the twelfth day we decided to take a day trip to Cannes. Before we left for Europe we were told by quite a few people that Cannes is one of the least spectacular places on the French Riviera.

The city, best known for the Cannes Film Festival, brings the most beautiful and famous movie stars from all over the world to the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès every year. Spectators line the streets of the exquisite Promenade de la Croisette to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.

The short trek from the train station to the water front was pretty disappointing. The city was dirty and quite run-down in a lot of areas. Once we got closer to the famous Promenade the eloquent swag of the Luis Vuitton and Gucci adorned street was felt in the air.

The Promenade de la Croisette sits between two very impressive harbors and is home to many exquisite shops, hotels, and restaurants that overlook the Mediterranean. After a few hours of window shopping we headed to the docks of the harbor to admire the million dollar yachts. While discussing which prominent dignitary and celebrity owned which yacht (pure speculation of course) we stumbled upon the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the hundreds of celebrity hand prints that grace the walkways.

We had a great day in Cannes but it was nice to get back to Nice in time for some night time exploration and exquisite cuisine.

Daily Nosh

Another fabulous French breakfast full of meats, eggs, bread, and cheese and
a late afternoon snack of mussels and French Fries with a side bottle of Chablis.

For dinner – one of the best meals I’ve had the entire trip!

  • Wine: Pouilly-Fume
  • My Dinner: Sea bass coated in an amazing cream sauce on a bed of fresh arugula and grilled red onions
  • Matt’s Dinner: Succulent duck soaked in creamy gravy served with potatoes and arugula salad
  • Dessert: Creme Brulee (of course) and cappuccino
  • Night Cap: Guinness at the Irish Pub down the street!

Day 13: Nice (Last full Day)

Our first few days in Nice were filled with rainy excursions and plenty of time spent in the hotel room and restaurants. So the last day was spent exploring the fabulous city of Nice…and it was a gorgeous day.

Sitting here recanting the final day is happy and sad in it’s own way. A trip of a lifetime with my best friend in the entire world was filled with nothing but fabulous moments, magical places, and the most breathtaking wine and food I could ever dream of. So for our final day in Nice less is more…I will let the moments speak for themselves through my lens.

The waters of the French Riviera were different, beautiful shades of blue. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

The city is separated into Old Town and the newer parts of Nice. The Old Town was where we spent most of our time. The shopping and food was unbelievable.

The city was so vibrant, literally, and full of life. The streets were filled with antique shops, flower shops, and patio cafes full of onlookers drinking their afternoon espresso.

The harbor was my favorite area. I could site and stare out at the beautiful ocean for hours.

Nice has an indescribable charm. From the rocky beaches to the ancient buildings filling the city with color…it’s magical!

Daily Nosh:

Breakfast: Our final French breakfast of eggs, cheese, bread and fruit.
Snack: French Fries and Mayo!!

Dinner at la Voglia:

Wine: Morando Chianti
Appetizer: Mozzarella Platter served three ways with a side salad

My Dinner: Lobster and bow tie pasta in a creamy tomato sauce topped with parsley
Matt’s Dinner: Rigatoni Pasta with Beef Ragu
Dessert: Chocolate and coffee ice cream piled high with whipped cream

France

I miss Paris and the elegance that fills the air. I miss Beaune and how the wine warms the soul. I miss the crystal waters and snow peaked mountains of Annecy. I miss the history of Nice and the opulence of Monaco. I miss how the French Riviera pulls you in like a bad habit. I miss France.

Adieu!

Foodie in France – Day 10: Nice

Our last few days in Nice were non-stop so there was very little time in the hotel room to blog our final days. We made it back to Dallas and of course it’s been go go go ever since. I definitely can’t leave you hanging on what happened the final days of our trip so here is a recap of day 10 in Nice!

When we arrived in Nice yesterday it was quite dreary outside resulting in a pretty raining night. This morning was no different. We woke up to rainy skies and a damp outlook for the rest of the day. There was 90% rain in the forecast for the remainder of the afternoon which meant our all day Hop on Hop Off Pass might not be as picturesque as I wanted.

Last night we stayed up super late as usual so unfortunately we missed the breakfast buffet. Since it was windy and rainy outside we opted to stay in and order room service. Even with the bad weather the ocean view was spectacular and the breeze from our opened balcony door was cool and refreshing.

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Foodie in France – Day 9: Nice

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Today is our longest travel day of the trip. Since Annecy is in the mountains we had to backtrack to Lyon then change trains to Nice. I love Europe’s transportation system. It’s easy to hop on a train and travel to multiple different places. A luxury I wish we had back in the states.

We woke up super early and grabbed some breakfast before our 8am train. Le Mercure Annecy was a great hotel. The staff was nice, breakfast was good, and the rooms were nice and clean. Even though there was no AC the cool weather made it comfortable at night with the window open.

I have to mention the biscuits we bought from La Cure Gourmande in Annecy. They were absolutely delish and a perfect snack for long hours on the train. The country side on our way to Nice was incredible. Town after town you see mountains with ancient medieval castles at the very top surrounded by old cities. It’s like something straight from a fairytale. The strangest thing was seeing these medieval cities set amongst modern towns like Avignon. There’s so much history everywhere, yet there’s so much graffiti as well. It’s a strange mix of the different centuries blended together.
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