Thursday, August 28, 2014
28.08.2014 - 29.08.2014
Slept until nine. We were tired! Showered and got to breakfast a half hour late but she kept a table ready and fed us anyway, bless her heart. Ant hadn’t called or texted by 11 o’clock and he has an Italian phone number I wasn’t sure how to dial so we gave up the idea of meeting him for lunch and honestly, we were completely intimidated by the construction traffic we drove through yesterday getting here from the airport. So, we got in the car first to get gas and then to drive up to St. Jeannet for a view of Baou de St. Jeannet and to visit the cute perched village that is far from Nice traffic.
I got our Garmin GPS working so we used both the car GPS and our Garmin GPS and the car GPS seems to be slightly better. Neither was great. We found St. Jeannet and free parking with steps up into the village. Wandered all over. The mountain dominates all the views from the village. It’s magnificent. The church bell tolled as we stood under it and we both jumped. It’s LOUD!
Back near parking we stopped for a large bottle of San Pellegrino and had no trouble finishing it. I texted Ant and told him we were in St. Jeannet and wouldn’t make it to Nice today. Then we headed back down the mountain to Vence and parked on the edge of town. Walked toward Old Town where a Chinese student who was visiting Vence stopped us and asked directions to the Matisse Chapel. We cheerfully directed her; she thanked us and walked on. Then we later passed a short cut. It was well marked so we hoped she found it. It was hot so we stopped for an ice cream at Rive Dolce beside a fountain. Fun and very good ice cream. There was a dog playing in the fountain. Smart dog . . .
Walked on to the Vieux Village (Old Town) and explored. It has really been improved since 2008 and looks very prosperous. We visited a special exhibit at the Cathedral, noted the Chagall mosaic is larger than I remembered and wandered on. Found some beautiful kitchen towels in a linen shop.
On the way back to the car, we stopped at a pharmacy where we got mosquito repellent, hydrogen peroxide and low-dose aspirin. Thence to Monoprix to get deodorant which I also forgot. I think we’re ready for this trip. Back to the hotel and we’ll eat here again tonight.