Mink Machine

Having a nice time in Nice

I just got back from a trip to the French Riviera where we had an entire house in the countryside at our disposal, complete with private pool and large kitchen. It was situated at 500 meters above sea level, so we could see all the way to the cities of Nice and Antibes as well as the Mediterranean. Another nice feature was the palm tree with a few resident squirrels.

The pool Just another day of hard work.

As they say, Nice is nice, but after walking along the beach of Promenade des Anglais and spending a few hours exploring the city I felt quite done with it. If you got the time I strongly recommend exploring the surrounding area.

For instance, the neighboring village Tourrettes-sur-Loup was an entirely different matter. It is located approximately one hour by car from Nice and features narrow medieval streets with beautifully vaulted passage-ways. All this is placed upon a hill surrounded by ramparts offering stunning views of the landscape. And despite the name there are unfortunately no wolves running around shouting profanities.

Tourrettes sur Loup The walls of medieval village Tourrettes sur Loup are protecting the sacred ice cream.

The village is nicknamed “Cité des Violettes” as the flower has been grown here for a century. Violet stuff can be seen everywhere and they are well-known for the violet sweets. I just couldn’t resist trying the “glace violette et sa fleur cristallisée”, which is violet ice cream with a violet caramel on top. Just fabulous!

I can also recommend the restaurant Auberge de Tourrettes. Their sea scallop with truffle is beyond any description.

2 comments

  • avatar
    Theresa
    16 Sep, 2009

    yey! and what title were you addresed with this time around? You’ve been to the one area of France I’ve never visited! Je suis jalouse…

  • avatar
    17 Sep, 2009

    I didn’t get any title this time, maybe because I was smart enough not to reveal my name. :)
    You should go there, it’s really beautiful in the countryside. And they have cheese!

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."