First, just to catch up on last night, we went out at 6:15, walked to Cours Saleya to do a walking tour of the Vielle Vieux(old Nice) and on Place Rossetti stopped for dinner at a small corner restaurant and then grabbed a gelato nearby. There is a lot of activity in the old section; we are enjoying the people watching.
Then we walked the Cours Saleya, where we had eaten the evening before, in amazement at how quickly all the restaurants had set up their tables when up to 5pm the square was full of flowers and a market.
Dropped into a casino, showed our passports, and 15 minutes later left 10 Euros in a slot machine. Guess we won't be paying for this vacation so easily.
Now for today, Monday:
In the early morning, 6:30am, the sky is gray. But by breakfast time, 8:00 am, the clouds have dissipated, the sky is again a brilliant blue, and it looks like a great beach day.
At 9:00 am we are only the second pair to be renting chairs. They've also set up only two rows of lounge chairs, starting a few feet further back from the water's edge. By 10 am it's obvious why. The weekend is over, most tourists are either gone or visiting museums or other cities. It's quiet with just the sound of the water gently washing onto the rocky plage (beach). It's now cloudless, with a cool gentle breeze blowing from the East.
I am sitting here reading today's Journal, which it looks like is available about 1 am CST. Karen had finished her book yesterday so she downloaded another book to her Kindle last night. For all my years in IT I am still amazed at its benefits and reach.
Lunch at 12:30, both salads, Karen's a variety of vegetables, mine a mix of medium shrimp, salmon, rawish, small squid, calamari chunks, cherry tomatoes and some lettuce. But the lettuce, sort of a mesclun mix, was present only to add color, in my opinion, as seafood was the main draw.
It's hot in the sun. A brief run to the water, followed by standing a few minutes to acclimate, then more steps in, followed by trying too quickly to back away from a crashing wave, got my flip flops caught in the stones, and to make sure I didn't loose them I ended up falling into the water, which accomplished two objectives. First, I was now cooler and wetter and, second, I still had the flip flops. Really should have bought those ten Euro beach shoes they sell everywhere that are like tennis shoes made of rubber and don't fall off. Now cooled off and back to sunbathing.
The flight path into Nice has shifted. All morning planes were using a southerly departure and opposite arrival, but now, and as it was yesterday, the arrival path is right along the beach arc where these huge planes fly about 1,000 max on their way in.
And like yesterday, almost to the minute near 2pm, the wind starts picking up and by 3pm the water is over the first rock ledge, spray in the air. But we stayed until 3:30, as the breeze made it cool enough to offset the sun, and then decided that 6 1/2 hours was enough.
Back at the apartment to wash up and, for the first time, needed some air conditioning.
We did our usual 'passegiata', yes that's Italian, through the old town and stopped at L'Ecurie, a restaurant with tables on a side street in old town. The name means 'stables', as in where horses are kept, and is so named because years ago the place was an actual stable.
No pictures of the meals but Karen had a great Beef Ravioli dish and Mike,surprise, a platter of various types of fish grilled. We ended it sharing a very large fesh berry torte with whipped cream and coffee.
Back to the apartment and we've decided that tomorrow too will be another beach day. Who wants to be in museums or on trains when it's 78 degrees and a brilliant blue sky.
Bon Soir until tomorrow.
Restaurant L'Ecurie Street Tables
Place Rossetti, Reparte Church
A Small Gelato Sampling