This can get boring in a way. I'm normally an early riser, up at 5am, gym at 5:25am, so in another way this should be a vacation as the alarm is set for 7:30 am.
But it never gets to go off. The sunrises early, about 6:15am (and sets about 9:15pm), but I'm awake with the raucous gulls usually at 4:30 am. I am out of bed by 6 and Karen is up just before the alarm.
It was another typical Cote d'Azur morning. Brilliant blue sky and today not even the hint of a cloud. The temperature was 75, with a slight breeze, and low humidity.
We were on the beach chairs at 9am. Good breeze blowing, but it cools the sun which looks to be hot today.
At noon we decided to move our lazy butts off the chaise lounges and cross over to a restaurant we saw yesterday on the Promenade des Anglais for lunch. Just a simple Pizza Margherita, Moules et Frites, and some wine, and then back to the beach for more laziness. We almost feel guilty about being so lazy but we are glad for the few days of vegging out.
More sun, but finally, at 3:45pm we had had enough. So, back to the house to wash up and go out.
We took a ride on the tourist train, which rides around the old city, up to the Chateau, and then along the Promenade. A pleasant 45 minutes as the afternoon started to cool. There's not much left to the chateau but it's a pretty park with spectulator views of Nice.
Then dinner on Cours Saleya. Mike had spotted a restaurant that had a great selection of Paella's, done however you wanted, so that was our dinner stop. Of course Karen didn't share Mike's enthusiasm for paella and had 1/2 roast chicken.
Mike's paella was perfect, and Karen was able to eat some of the rice and non seafood ingredients. Mike of course was in heaven with all the shrimp, large shrimp, fish, mussels, clams and assorted other crustaceans in it. Pictures below.
While eating we met a couple sitting next to us from Phoenix. He owned a small chain of breakfast restaurants, his wife was Lebanese, her family still lived there and they traveled a lot to visit them.
We left then to check where we had to pick up the bus tomorrow as we're heading for the Matisse and Chagall museums in the Cimiez area of Nice.
By the way, everywhere we went, outside every restaurant and bar, was a big screen TV tuned to the Euro 2012 Soccer Championship with Poland and Russia playing tonight. At the restaurant we ate at, which also has its menu in Russian, there was a big group singing the Russian National anthem as the game started.
Finally, back home, we ate the chocolate mousse cakes we bought the other day, and watched some TV.
Only one more day before we have to leave here. It's been a fantastic trip; we couldn't have asked for better weather. But as usual by the end of the trip, we are also looking forward to getting back home.
Due to our early morning 3:30 am wakeup time on Thursday, tomorrow will be an early evening and we may not blog tomorrow.
We hope you have enjoyed following us as much as we've enjoyed writing up our adventures.
Au Revoir for now,
Mike and Karen
Waiting on the Petite Tourist Train
View of Nice Bay from Castle Ruins
Paella. Delivered piled high on Paelleria pan on stand, but I have already begun filling my plate.
There is so much that it required a larger photo