S: France 2011 Volume 2
FC: France 2011 | Volume 2
1: Chapter 2 - the adventure continues! We awoke each day to the wonderful aroma of pastries baking in the shops all around us . When we opened the curtains we could look up to these windows, sometimes with the day's laundry already hanging out to dry!
2: Vence is situated in the foothills NorthWest of Nice. The old town is still partially walled, quiet and picturesque | Anciene Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativite
4: These Plane trees were everywhere. The bark looks like camouflage | Wild Olive
5: Henri Matisse was charmed by Vence and made it his home from 1943 to 1948. A promise to the Dominican Sister Jacques Marie lead to the design and decoration of the Rosary Chapel, which he referred to as his masterpiece
7: I want those entering my chapel to feel themselves purified and lightened of their burdens." H. Matise
8: Rosary Chapel Steeple
9: St-Paul-de-Vence | France's most famous terrain de boules. Celebrities line up to challene local champions, and players travel from as far as Japan for tournaments.
10: Entering Old Town
11: The streets are lined with artist's studios
18: Another adventure - this time we hop a train and head for Sanremo, Italy
19: In the late 1800s Russian aristocracy began to spend winters in Sanremo which lead to the construction of this Russian Church | Sanremo Casino | Chiesa dei Cappuccini
20: La Pigna (the Pinecone), is the oldest part of the city. La Pigna's tiny streets and covered alleyways wind up the hill to the gardens and sanctuary at the top. | Pro-cathedral of San Siro (XIII century)
21: The Gardens of Queen Elena on top of the hill above La Pigna offer fabulous views of the city and harbour
24: A stroll along the waterfront then back on the train to Nice
25: With only 2 days left in this adventure we head for Villefranche-sur-Mer, a tiny village just outside Nice on the Lower Cornich highway. The panorama from the highway caught our attention days ago and we could not leave without exploring.
29: Dipping my toes in the chilly Mediterranean waters
32: The Volti Museum is nestled into the casemates of the citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer. A collection of women bronze, copper and terracotta display their voluptuous curves in a patch of rough stones: The Donation Volti has a truly exceptional presentation.
38: We lunched at a waterfront cafe overlooking the tiny harbour - could have lingered all day. Then explored the old town before wandering back along the corniche road towards Nice
41: Our trek back to Nice afforded both stunning scenery and comic relief in the form of the McDonalds ad below!
44: Nice Harbour
45: Headcheese anyone? | Our favorite butcher shop
46: Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais. After one last stroll we lunched on the beach where we lingered for a few hours
48: One final shopping spree and I snag a new pair of boots! | The last night out had to be trip to Monte Carlo to try our luck in the casino
49: This building is stunning, but since photos are not allowed I am guilty of stealing these off the internet
50: La Taca D'Oli was the scene of our seafood feast that last night. Le Chat and L'Abbaye were some of our other favorite places.
51: The lilies from the flower parade have opened. Sadly we must hand over the keys and lock the door to our little home in old town Nice