Saturday, September 27, 2014
27.09.2014 - 28.09.2014
Up early to finish packing and clean our gite. We breezed through and were ready right on time so relaxed and waited for Claude who was a few minutes late. We thanked her and told her how much we’d enjoyed her gite and then were on our way. We drove through Plan d’Orgon and got on the A7 south, easily changing to the A8 east to Nice. About a half hour out of Nice, I turned on the GPS which took us right to TT Car . . . 2 hours before our return appointment! Fortunately one of the TT Car fellows was just getting two women their car so he let us in, checked us out and cancelled our two o’clock appointment.
We grabbed all our stuff and walked across the street to the Novotel where we checked in. Left everything in our room and went down to the restaurant since we hadn’t time to go anyplace else before the sacred two o’clock end of lunch in France. As luck would have it, they had pintade (guinea hen) and sea bass, each of our favorites. We cheerfully ordered and thoroughly enjoyed our lunches with a terrific ratatouille very highly seasoned with rosemary. Yum! After our delicious lunch, we walked to the bus stop and waited for the #52 bus downtown. We got off at the end of the line, the Old Town, and headed into Old Nice looking for a very elusive cathedral. What we found was the Basilique Notre Dame de l'Assomption with a Saturday 4:30 PM Mass. Hooray.
After church we walked down the street and got an ice cream at Fenocchio, Maitre Glacier at 6 rue Maitre de la Poissonnerie. Their dark chocolate gelato was memorable. We then wandered Old Nice and finally found the Cathedral that was draped and under serious renovation. I got a few photos but much was covered in protective swathing.
We walked through the Promenade where all Nice seemed to be at play. We loved all the little guys zipping around, especially this cute fellow and his bright yellow ball. There is also a fountain the kids can run through if you walk further down. It's a great place for kids and seemingly, their parents. Alas, it was getting late and we were tired so we walked back to our bus stop. It was a good day in Nice.