23.04.2011 - 26.04.2011 23 °C
Having visitors gives us an excuse to shop and do a little sightseeing, too. Especially when one of those visitors is a 14-year-old mec or dude! So, on a rather rainy Saturday, we went along with them and took our very first trip to a French shopping mall, the Centre Commercial Cap 3000 Cote d'Azur. Quelle horreur as Eric might say. I myself found that I liked the cultural experience of the mall. Especially one right by the ocean.
Would you look at the traffic?!
Mall parking lot - note the overcast day, never the best time to head to the mall
Arriving at the Galeries Lafayette entrance, like a giant Macy's but with a fantastic gourmet food section, where Eric and I spent most of our time shopping
But not before we passed the swimsuit section - European Speedo anyone?
Look, an American blonde!
And the very important British food section, the only place we can find peanut butter
French Apple store - it looks just like any other Apple store, but with higher prices
You never know what you'll find at the mall - bachelor party maybe? Or perhaps this guy just came from the beach
Oooh, fashion capitol indeed - she's wearing the Eiffel Tower on her head
When Eric's cousin Marc visited us in New York City a couple of years ago, he bought about a dozen baseball caps. Now, he has moved on to searching for Converse sneakers with no laces! We spent hours at the mall, but split up to cover more ground (meaning Eric and I wanted to shop for food, not clothes). Later when we rendezvous'd, Marc was carrying a shopping bag, so we asked him what he had bought. It turns out that he bought a pair of shoes exactly like the ones he had (light grey Converse sneakers, no laces), only in a slightly darker shade (dark grey Converse sneakers, no laces). Of course. Bien sur.
Next we headed to Antibes, just down the road and also along the coast. Since Cecile and Marc were visiting during Easter weekend, we took time to shop for Easter candy. Cecile and Claire were determined to find the perfect chocolate Easter eggs, which ended up being the Kinder brand from the supermarket. Those seemed to have the best wrapping anyway!
Claire, Cecile, Marc and Fanette walking the streets of Antibes
Jazz and Blues Club in Antibes
Mmm Easter eggs
The French equivalent of Peeps - no bunnies or chicks though, just fruit
I was more interested in the sandwiches…
and of course, the dessert tarts
Here's something everyone needs - a smoking giraffe!
Kundalini yoga anyone?
We had dinner at this nice Vietnamese restaurant, owned and operated by a lovely couple that took very good care of us
The "smoothy" of the week
Mmm eggrolls - actually, we ordered a round of "fried things" for the table
Shrimp curry with mushrooms and leeks
They wanted me to take this picture!
The day after Easter, we went to Nice to do more shopping as well as a little sightseeing before taking Cecile to the airport. Marc was on Spring Break and would be sticking around for the rest of the week. Nice is a lively city with great people watching, and it was a lovely warm day to be out and about.
Welcome to Nice!
Eric and Fanette waiting at the crosswalk
Making a new friend on the Promenade
Checking out the free bikes in downtown Nice - we don't look like tourists or anything, do we?
Marc and Fanette really enjoyed the beach that day
Le Negresco, supposedly the finest hotel in Nice
Sculpture near the main square in Nice
Another new friend, this time near the main square in Nice
No shortage of souvenirs in this town
We also needed to make a rather urgent stop at the Nespresso store, where I searched in vain to find George Clooney. George is the spokesperson for Nespresso and is featured in commercials that air in France in English with French subtitles. I assume these ads air on U.S. TV, but maybe not, as Nespresso isn't as well recognized in the U.S. as it is in Europe, particularly in Italy. But you can always view their commercials on You Tube or the Nespresso website.
According to the site, "Nespresso and George Clooney have a lot of things in common, such as an intense love of style and good living. Both are in hot demand, impress their respective fans and, ultimately, stand for incomparable quality." Oh and not to mention, George Clooney serves Nespresso at both his homes in Californian Burbank and at Lake Como in Italy. Of course. But then again, he has an Italian girlfriend, doesn't he? I bet she drinks Nespresso too.
Eric and Cecile braving the crowd
Onirio 2011, the latest offering from Nespresso
Ahh there he is!
The store is a bit pretentious just like in the commercials, but they give you free coffee and chocolate, and dogs are allowed at the coffee bar! Claire, Cecile and Eric tried Onirio, the latest offering for 2011, which wasn't a big hit with our crew. Marc, however, enjoyed the chocolates.
Last stop before the airport, a nice little lively café in the downtown area. At the end of the day, the waffles, citronnade (lemonade), and Perrier water were all quite refreshing.