From the time my Purina friend arrived in January, the French Riviera was at the top of her list of places to visit. We had a holiday on Thursday, May 29 to celebrate Ascension Day. (I think this is literally the celebration of Jesus’ ascension to heaven.) It seemed like the perfect opportunity for a long weekend getaway to the French Riviera for some relaxation! In preparation for most of my trips, I do a fair amount of research and have an itinerary prepared. And while I read a little bit about the area, I went without a plan. The intent was simply to RELAX.
We flew into Nice late Wednesday night and taxied to our hotel in Cannes. Because this was a “must” on the goal list, we found a great deal at a nice hotel to make sure we could enjoy the Riviera in style. Hotel Martinez was lovely. We had a late dinner just around the corner – delicious scallops and sundaes for dessert.
And of course, we had to take advantage of the bathrobes and slippers! (And yes, I am aware that I look EXACTLY like my mama in this picture.)
We enjoyed a lovely breakfast outside both mornings. Free breakfast tastes even better. 🙂 I cannot get enough of the palm trees.
After breakfast, it was time to enjoy the sunshine in a chair on the pier. We read, slept, and enjoyed the sea breeze both days. It was fabulous!
In the afternoon, I went to Nice to meet up with a Miami friend and his wife. They were traveling in France the two weeks prior. Their last day and our first day overlapped, which I loved! We met at Musée Marc Chagall, which was really cool. I didn’t know anything about him, but I really enjoyed his series of 17 paintings illustrating the Biblical message. We would step back and examine the painting and guess which Bible story Chagall was depicting.
After the museum, we met up with my friend for dinner. Our hotel made a reservation for us, but we arrived a little bit early and opted to go check out the beach first.
When we came back to the restaurant, it was COMPLETELY empty. First, one of the staff said they were closed until Monday. When I told them we had a reservation, they checked, and sure enough – our name and reservation time were captured. They changed their tune and were about to seat us, but we decided to leave and find somewhere with more atmosphere. Our concierge described the owner as “mad” (or crazy), and after that experience, I wholeheartedly agree.
We settled on an Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. Can you tell how SHOCKED I was when they brought out my lasagna in a casserole dish?!
Needless to say, I couldn’t finish it.
I know I told you that I didn’t do much research, but I read about an ice cream place with great reviews…Fenocchio. I think they had over 80 flavors to choose from, including a lot of strange ones! I tried lavender, vanilla meringue, and mint chocolate chip. It was SO good!
We strolled through town to drop my friends off at their hotel before taking a taxi back to Cannes. I always love it when worlds collide!
On Friday, I took this picture of the sea from our balcony. We were so excited for sunshine after our weather apps called for rain. (You can see a theme – the weather apps are ALWAYS lying!)
We enjoyed another day in the sun before heading out in the evening to explore Cannes. Someone told us that a drink on the patio at the Carlton was a must, so that was our first stop.
The waterfront was really pretty, so we enjoyed walking along enjoying the sunset and the palm trees.
We didn’t know where we were going to have dinner, but we stumbled on a sushi restaurant with outdoor seating and decided it was the place! We don’t get a lot of sushi here, so there was a lot of excitement about this meal!
And because you have dessert every day when you’re on vacation, we couldn’t pass up a milkshake from Steak & Shake! Yes, there is a Steak & Shake in Cannes, France. (And yes, I like to think that the stars came by for a shake during the recent Film Festival.)
What a great Ascension Day getaway!