Welcome to the Côte d’Azur!

Now, this is more like it. 

D and I left les parents on Monday morning.  We left a little later than planned as D had some work to do before we hit the road.  Les parents were sad to see us go but are happier that we’ll be two hours away by car than 8 hours away by plane. 

It was great drive but arriving in Mandelieu-la-Napoule was even better.  The sun was shining and the sky was blue and cloudless.  How lovely it was to see palm trees!  We stopped for lunch at a beach-side restaurant where we had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed a little sunshine before getting back on the road for the short drive to our hotel in Nice. 

Sitting seaside with nothing but a slip of glass between me and the sea

 We had originally planned to head straight to our hotel and then start our scout of the area and the various real estate agencies in the area.  Plans change, that’s life.  Instead of heading to our hotel, D decided to take me on a road trip along the coast.  We didn’t take the highway to Nice; we took the N7 from Cannes to Nice.  What a drive! 

Cannes was filled with people as you may expect as the film festival has just started.  There were beautiful cars and beautiful people everywhere.  The fashion on display by the pedestrians was a mix of styles:  women in the short skirts, summery tops, and wedge sandals competing with women in black tunics, black leggings, and black boots.  (It was hot so I don’t understand the boots). 

My favourite of all the sea-side towns that we visited is Cagnes-sur-Mer.  While I enjoy being here in Nice, I find the pace and the vibe in Cagnes appeal more to me.  Nice has a vibrancy to it that Cagnes doesn’t have; it’s a city that just happens to have a beach.  It has pretty much everything you expect to find in any large city, including weird Guys at the train station.  Cagnes, however,  feels like a beach community on a slightly larger scale.  It feels more laid back and a little retro in comparison to Nice.  And, I found out that it has a great market! We walked around Cagnes’ centre and visited most of the estate agencies in town.  We had a few hits, however, as it seems that 2-bedroom apartments are hot commodities.  We did line up a visit for Tuesday afternoon.  The apartment is in our budget, has 3 bedrooms, and is a 10 minute walk to the beach.  Sounds promising.

 After spending the early evening in Cagnes, we finally made it to Nice and to our hotel.  After we checked in we quickly freshened up and headed out to the Promenade des Anglais for dinner.  (The restaurant, the food, and the service were disappointments especially in comparison to the amazing lunch we’d had earlier that day.)  The view from the restaurant was great however and D and I spent time just watching the pedestrians go by.

Your table awaits

 Before heading back to our hotel D took me on a little drive from Nice east to Monaco.  How beautiful Nice, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat looked with lights twinkling and reflecting off the water. 

We headed back to the hotel to rest for what was to be Day 2 of our apartment search.

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