Friday, August 29, 2014, The girls arrive!
29.08.2014 - 29.08.2014
Got the day off to an exciting start with a hotel fire alarm. We smelled smoke so grabbed clothes, passports, phone and tablet and went downstairs to discover no other guests had evacuated, and the owners opening windows to let out the smoke. The toaster really toasted some bread! Emergency over, we returned to our room.
Last night Jean texted they were boarding their flight at SFO. Two hours later she texted they were still at SFO and might not make their very close connection in Montreal. We went to bed. At 2:25 AM she texted they were holding the plane for them in Montreal so we’re planning to pick them up this morning in Nice. I’m following their flight online and it’s been moved from 10:25 AM to 11:05 AM but that’s pretty good. Fingers crossed! We wait . . . Last word was their flight was supposed to land at 11:15 so we headed for the Nice airport. The GPS took us through Cagnes-sur-Mer and in by back roads that were traffic clogged. We finally made it to Parking 2 and left the car to sprint over to Terminal 1. Naturally Arrivals were at the opposite end of the terminal! We sprinted for Arrivals and found them as Peg was dialing my phone number. Hooray!
Girls in tow, we found the car and fought our way out of Nice. Stopped at the hotel so Jean & Peg could check in. Then we piled into the car and drove to Tourrettes-sur-Loup where we got the last parking place. We walked into Old Town and found our favorite restaurant, Le Medieval where we settled in for lunch. It was the perfect day so we sat outside on his terrace with a gorgeous view. Everyone but me got the 20 euro menu; I got the 25 euro menu. Ed & Jean started with melon and ham sec and Peg got the tomato-mozzarella salad. I got a terrine lapin (rabbit) en salade. All of them got salmon and I got the lamb brochettes. There were three vegetables, stuffed tomato Provençal, stuffed zucchini and a baked potato with cheese. Ed got a crème brulée for dessert; Peg & Jean the rhubarb custard tart and I got a Valrhona chocolate mousse. Everything was excellent and our server was great fun.
After lunch, we thoroughly explored Tourrettes-sur-Loup which we love, and then drove back to the hotel. Rested a bit and headed to St. Paul-de-Vence and walked into the Old Town. Of course we had to stop at the Fragonard Perfumerie and then started through a very well-touristed village. Peg got a scarf. Ed & I got four napkins and then we found the dried flowers embedded in paper that we got years ago and that have faded so we replaced them. Souvenir shopping is always great fun. We wandered all over town, visited galleries, climbed the ramparts and even managed to get lost once.
We had parked near the Maeght Foundation and there were five Rolls Royces parked by the gallery at the parking lot when we returned. Very impressive. It was too late to visit the Maeght, so we'll save that for a future trip. Ed & I have seen it a few times but the girls haven't visited it yet. Some day . . .
We drove back to the hotel and had a celebratory kir before sending Jean and Peg off for some much-needed sleep. Hopefully no fire alarm in the morning . . .