Having been to the Cote d’ Azur before (of course, Sylvie is from there), we took a breather from touring and spent time with Sylvie’s family and friends. Sylvie’s mom put us up in a very large nice apartment near their place and we enjoyed getting together with her and Jean almost every day for lunch, aperitif, or dinner (or all the above). James tried out all the different aperitifs such as porto, muscat, orange wine, and other various liquors.
View and sunrise from our apartment in Grasse, Cote d Ázur, and below typical day of shopping for stocking up the pantry.
It was nice to slow down and relax, although not so relaxing for Sylvie as she had to play chauffeur in the crazy-fast-paced-honking-impatient French traffic, as well as play translator.
We did take a few excursions (Photos below)- hiking & picnicking at a nearby lake with Sylvie’s mom & Jean, and spending an afternoon in St. Paul de Vence, one of our favorite French Riviera villages where we took in the outdoor market and walked the narrow medieval streets.
St Paul de Vence:
Watching the locals play petanque in St Paul de Vence:
Sylvie chewing on her licorice root she just bought at the market:
Resident dog checking us out:
One of the many olive trees of the region:
The day before we left for Paris, it was Sylvie’s mom’s birthday which we celebrated at a very good restaurant in Mougins. The food was homemade, the wine excellent, and the service impeccable (which can be rare in France). The waiter remembered the occasion and even added a huge sparkler on Sylvie’s mom’s dessert. It was a great time and left with very full stomachs!