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A European Vacation (part 2)

A European Vacation (part 2)


How I like to start my day sur la Côte d’Azur…
(Photo credit: Chronicles from the shore
Bonjour from Nice! 
How I love this summer ritual and the time spent
in my favorite French city…
This year, things were a bit different. 
Junior was invited to tag along with Maman, you see.
I’d say he made the most of it…
Skateboarding along “La Prom'” (Promenade des Anglais) 
Shooting the Bay of Angels
Making friends at the Nice Sailing School
Moi? I had fun too. 
This year, there were fewer field trips outside of town, 
but I got to spend quality time with Nissa la Bella
relaxing with a local friend
 or exploring on my own;
walking; shooting; observing from my favorite cafés
Two friends (and bloggers) pay tribute to a favorite artist…
Nice’s M.O.M.A. (Museum of Modern Art) 
The iconic Negresco, the Museum-Hotel...
At the Negresco, even ice cream is elegant…

At times, the weather just got too hot,
or I just got too lazy…
My favorite retreat?
The small apartment we rented in the heart of the Old Town.
The Crow’s nest. 
Six flights of stairs to reach the door.
But once there, the terrace. The view. 
I could not get enough.

Le Vieux Nice. The Old Town.
It is my favorite place to stay.
Is it Italy? Is it France?
Who cares. It’s Old Europe, and that’s good enough.
Sure, there are tourists around.
Restaurants are packed at night.
But real people live there.
There are surprises at almost every turn.

Rue du Malonat, Vieux Nice…
La Dolce Vita on Place Rossetti…
Going down Castle Hill…
Le Chat et la Deuche (2CV)

Once again, I was enthralled by Nice, and its unique beauty;
The light, the colors, that seduced so many before this French Girl.

For at night, the Southern Belle sizzles…

Cours Saleya
La grande dame of Nice palaces…
Plage Beau Rivage (private beach) 

Yet, daytime offers many grandiose, or picturesque sights…

Le Fast Food de Nice
Marché Saleya
Nice, le Port…
“Les Pointus,” the traditional fishing boats…
Secluded pebble beaches…

Yes, this week has gone by too fast.
It is time to say “Au revoir, à bientôt, Nice.

Tomorrow, Junior and I will board another TGV (high speed train.) 
It will travel south, to Spain’s Costa Brava.

One last week of European adventures.
The Mediterranean. Best place to be.
No reliable Wifi connection where we will be staying.
But a few photos posted on French Girl in Seattle’s Facebook page.
Finally, back in Seattle, just in time to wrap up July.

Happy summer! Thank you for traveling with us!

Un grand Merci:

A Emer, Rob and the rest of the Irish gang for a wonderful evening al fresco.

A Marie. Nice would not be the same without you, mon amie.

A l’année prochaine.

French Girl * hearts* Nice!
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47 Responses to A European Vacation (part 2)

  1. Si tu continues comme ça, 1) je vais avoir les larmes aux yeux; 2) je ne vais pas arriver à gérer tous ceux auxquels tu auras donné envie de venir.. :o)
    J’aime bien l’idée de “fast-food local”, je n’avais jamais vu ça sous cet angle! Comme quoi un regard neuf peut apporter beaucoup aux locaux aussi.
    Bonne suite à ton périple, et gros bisous!

    • Tu vas être occupée, c’est sûr. 🙂

      Pour le fast-food: Si ça se mange avec les doigts, et sur un petit bout de comptoir, alors oui, pour moi, c’est du fast-food… Et puis il y a la friture aussi: Ne pas en abuser quand même (comme pour “l’autre” fast-food…)

      Bref, comme d’habitude, un réel plaisir et des tas de souvenirs qui aideront à passer les mois d’hiver au pays des sapins et des montagnes… Gros, gros bisous.

  2. Bonjour Veronique, what a lovely summer vacation. We visited Nice a few years ago. Your photos have brought back memories. Your photos are amazing! Pamela

  3. Well, it’s many years since I last visited Nice and your wonderful photos make me realise that a return trip is long overdue. You are absolutely right though – the colour and the light are just stunning. I can just imaging the intense flavour of those tomatoes in all their irregular shapes and sizes and yes, the ice cream is so elegant! Both you and Junior look like you are having such fun and the Costa Brava next – another treat! Bon voyage!

    • Thank you for stopping by, miss b. I am glad we agree about Nissa la Bella! Aren’t the tomatoes just gorgeous? I had not seen or tasted such excellent produce in a long, long time. Junior and I ate so much FRUIT this week. We have stocked up on vitamin, certainly, and not just the “D” type 🙂 Happy summer.

  4. Oh, just a bit of envy here as I read about your summer stays, French Girl. ‘-) We’ve spent some delightful vacations in Nice, and have a trip planned in 2014. Glad you are having a grand time.

  5. Chère Véronique!

    Nice, c’est la ville ou j’ai commencée mes grands aventures en France. Je n’oublierai jamais les gens, les villas, les marchés et la petite école où j’ai assistée. Comme d’habitude, j’attends avec impatience de lire ton prochain billet. BISES! Anita

  6. Wow! I heart Nice too Veronique, just by looking at all of your splendid photos. That view is to die for. And your breakfast. Your croissant looks melt in one’s mouth! I think it will be difficult for you to return to Seattle? Silly question. 🙂 You could always extend your European vacation?

    • I will not answer your question, Mary 🙂 No, I can’t extend my European vacation, this time at least. It will be 4 weeks soon, so we made the most of it. I will be seeing my friends in Seattle soon. I hope summer is going well for you too. The weather has been gorgeous in the Pacific Northwest apparently.

  7. A Veronique

    The last image speaks volumes. Your happiness radiates. I love Nice and any city where “the real people” as you say live. Junior will have fond memories
    Enjoy your week in Espagna


  8. Dearest Véronique,
    You look so happy and young! This shows that you certainly were in your elements and who would not be? What a colorful and vibrant city. Even the topless sun bathers made me feel homesick for Old Europe… Such different culture!
    Enjoy your last leg of the journey together.

  9. We so love Nice that I am drooling with envy over this post. One of our favorite treats is having a libation at the Grand Dame and that glass of rose makes my mouth water. Look forward to our get-together when you return! xo Jackie

  10. Tu t’épanouies comme une rose à Nice. La ville te va comme une gant élégante.

    Big bisous, ma chère amie, et à très bientôt, M-T

  11. The colors of Nice are even more varied and brighter than what I remember from the last time we got off the tollway and went down to the sea and spent time in Nice. Most recently, we have just driven past the outskirts of Nice as we headed for various points in Italy. Your pictures makes me want to go and spend some time there. Enjoy your visit to Spain.

  12. You look so happy, chere Veronique!! Now THAT is the litmus test for a fabulous vacation, n’est-ce pas! Love your fantastic photos…
    Nice is a gorgeous lady indeed….La Grande Dame…I hope to visit again for a longer stay next time…
    Enjoy Spain!!!!
    – Irina

    • I was very happy in Nice, Irina. Always am. It’s good to have found a “happy place.” Some people never find it…
      So glad you enjoy visiting Nice as well. I believe I have only met *one* person who had negative things to say about Nice– Then again, that was a negative person who loves to criticize everything and everyone 🙂

  13. Oh my goodness! I am thrilled to have discovered your blog today! I am such an ardent “francophile” and I FINALLY got to see Europe this summer and at least got 2 days in Paris! (My father-in-law kindly took us to Europe and I spent as much of my time in Paris wandering the streets and absolutely loving every second of it!) Your blog speaks to my heart and soul! I wlll be a faithful follower! I am so glad to have found you because I live near Seattle as well!

    Merci beaucoup!! kcm

    • @ kcm: Thank you so much for your kind words and enthusiasm. I am glad you found me too. I have not been posting as often as I used to, lately. Sometimes, life gets in the way, but you can always visit my archives until the next story. There is a lot of good *stuff* there for francophiles. A bientôt.

      @ Sandy: I WAS in my element, Sandy of the 24 Corners, that’s why! 🙂

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40 Responses to A European summer (Part 1)

  1. Wonderful photos of two amazing cities and many familiar sights – as you know from my blog, I was recently in Paris and earlier this year London. What a lovely view from your hotel on Place Dauphine and the jogging sign made me smile. Looking forward to more stories! We too have been drinking rosé here in our garden – enjoying glorious sunshine – real summer weather in the UK – what a treat! Santé et Bonnes Vacances!

    • Bonjour miss b. I need to go back to your blog (and others) and catch up on my reading. Wifi connections can be hard to find here, as you know, and time has not always been on my side, but I will get there. I knew that sign would be a hit. Only in France… 🙂

  2. Two beautiful ladies … Paris and London …I love them both. Thank you for sharing these wonderful snippet, they have put a smile on my face. Merci Beaucoup.


    OK….I love Paris, no matter what her reputation. London? I do not know her, but I know I could grow to embrace her history and people, for blogging has introduced me to the world. Your people, your family….oh what charm. To see you again ma belle is so wonderful as I sit in my garden, pretending to be in France as I listen to my fountain sing like the way Marcel Pagnol describes in his, Le Château de ma Mère. I pretend to be in Provence as my husband and I eat un civet au poulet au vin blanc, laced with thyme from my garden.

    Thank you for posting and keeping us updated; enjoy your stay with your lovely family!

    Bisous, Anita

    • Chère Anita. Très heureuse de t’avoir fait rêver et voyager pendant quelques minutes. Ton jardin m’a l’air tout à fait accueillant. Quant à ton menu du soir: Miam! On en mangerait… Bon été à toi. J’espère que tu profites bien de ton cours de poésie. A bientôt!

  4. Hello Veronique

    Lovely to see you are back home and enjoying all that France is offering. Your accommodation in Nice sounds marvelous. I love the image of your sons and their grandmother. Continued joy as you explore and retrace your steps

    Helen xx

    • Merci Helen. The best part about this trip is that we get to spend time with family (and even, on occasion,) with friends. Another wonderful perk is to be able to explore old and new places and to return to fabulous cities. How I love cities! Hope Florida is treating you well. Nice felt a little bit like Florida yesterday: It was so hot and humid– but no bugs! 🙂

  5. Oh, what a wonderful post, my friend. I’ve vicariously traveled along with you…..your words and images make me smile. How I long to return to Paris for another visit, and La Côte d’Azur…….I’m a touch envious! Think of me as you wander the Monday antique market. ‘-)
    ~ Sarah

    • Dearest Sarah. Merci for your generous comment. I will, indeed, think of you later on this morning as I peruse the wares at the cours Saleya. I will not be able to buy anything, as our bags are heavy enough right now, but looking has never hurt anyone 🙂 I hope Texas is not too hot (but fear it probably is…) A bientôt.

  6. Dearest Véronique,
    What a lovely post… Those bikers made me feel almost at home. The Netherlands has so many bikes and it such a usual sight but not here in the USA.
    Enjoy your time together. Junior is growing up and he looks very happy so you have passed down your passion-genes for La France!

    • Dearest Mariette. Thank you for stopping by. Junior is, indeed, growing up fast. He is as tall as I am, and will be taller before the end of the year. He is a good traveler, very interested in France and the French culture. He will start studying French for the first time in the fall and seems excited about it. He knows he needs to be able to read and write it as well as he speaks it to become truly bilingual one day. A bientôt, dear friend. Say “Howdy!” to Georgia for me.

  7. Vive La France aujourd’hui et toujours!! Beautiful photos, chere Veronique…so glad you are having a magical holiday!
    A dear friend of mine is heading to Nice next week….you lucky ladies!! 🙂
    – irina

    • Merci Irina. Your friend is a lucky lady indeed. She will be very hot here, in Nice, for a few days. That is for sure. But I would never complain. I will take the heat of the Mediterranean coast any day, over life in the Northern latitudes… It is so beautiful here, by the Big Blue! 🙂

    • Well, you certainly know this area pretty well by now, don’t you? Had dinner at la Tavola, Cours Saleya, last night. I don’t like pizza much, but the wood-fired oven pizza they make here is simply to good to pass. Ah, that thin crust! Hope summer is treating you well, wherever you may be.

    • But of course I am, Jackie. Seattle is always at her best when I am away… Nice has outdone herself. It is very HOT here, but I am not complaining. I will have Nice in any weather, for better and for worse. That is what true love is 🙂

  8. Great to read your news Veronique and hear how wonderful your holiday has been so far. And now you are in your beloved Nice – life is good for you. I look forward to reading much more.
    By the way, I especially like the view from your Paris hotel room.

    • Bonjour Craig. Just saw your post about old Boris feeling like a youngster again in the warm weather. So happy for him, and for you!

      Yes, i am happy to be back in my beloved Nice. When I saw my friend Mary earlier, I involuntarily said: “Je suis rentrée samedi soir,” instead of “Je suis arrivée samedi soir.” — Un lapsus révélateur, as the French say… A bientôt!

  9. Coucou ma chère Véronique,
    De retour après une éternité – passée à développer ma ligne de foulards en soie made in France bien sûr…
    Toujours le même plaisir à lire tes blogs et à voir tes superbes photos. quel bonheur que cette bouffée de France (sous le soleil. Wow!). Tu me donnes envie de prendre un billet pour la France tout de suite 😉
    Savoure ton séjour. Et rapporte nous quelques photos sympas du marché de Nice.
    Bisous d’une revenante,

    • Merci de passer me dire Bonjour, Anne. Quel plaisir d’avoir de tes nouvelles… Félicitations pour le lancemement de ta collection. Les carrés Hermès n’ont qu’à bien se tenir! Je passe au marché Saleya tous les matins car notre appar’ est à deux pas. Toujours un plaisir. J’essaye d’y arriver avant les foules estivales, et je m’installe en terrasse pour prendre le petit déjeuner, mon panier rempli de produits frais à mes pieds. Bon été à toi et toute ta petite famille!

  10. I’ve always found French waiters to be quite flirtatious, not rude at all. Love the affiche du jogging!!!! So French in so many ways! Have a lovely vacation.

  11. Effectivement, la Parisienne en vélo… :o)
    Là, dans tes photos, je me ressource en regardant Londres, que c’est beau sous le ciel bleu !
    Le reste , Paris, Nice c’est la routine.. :o))(joke)
    Quel plaisir de pouvoir te dire “A demain! “

    • Eh oui, c’est difficile d’éviter la routine pour les photos à Nice ou à Paris– quoique… Je suis assez fière de la photo avec le message à l’attention des joggers! 🙂 Only in France… Moi aussi, je suis ravie de pouvoir te dire: “A demain!”

    • Excellent weather, and so, so hot, Michel! This morning is a bit wee overcast and everyone breathed a sigh of relief 🙂 Such is life in Nice… Enjoying every precious minute of my time here. Hope summer is going well for you as well…

  12. Wow, you visited my two favourite cities in Europe. Next time, I will spend more time in Notting Hill, London. I love Chelsea in London. The townhouses there are so pretty and super expensive. So I just daydream! Paris is another enchanting City. Lots to discover and eat! Again, amazing photos Veronique.

    • Thank you Pamela. I used to go to London quite often when I still lived in Europe. I love it even more now. London has turned into such an amazing, modern city. It is serious competition for Paris. I am glad I get to go to both capitals and enjoy them. How I love those big cities. Come back soon…

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