Here is an update on our first two days in France. We arrived on Saturday, after an interesting drive from Genoa, Italy. Along the way, Bev counted a total of 118 tunnels that we passed through as the road crossed over and cut through mountains. After we got off the motorway, the coastal road took us above Monaco and then further west to our destination of Eze Bord de Mer.
We are renting an apartment in Eze Bord de Mer for a week. It’s the first time I’ve spent a week in the same place since leaving Bermuda at the end of March. The apartment has a terrace that provides views of the bay and some of the super yachts that are also visiting the area. After settling into the apartment, we drove to a nearby supermarket to stock up on supplies and then enjoyed some home cooking, which included my first attempt at recreating the authentic Greek salad that I ate in Thessaloniki.
On Sunday, we decided to have a ‘lazy day’ hanging around the apartment. We did some reading, drank some wine and watched the boats in the bay. It was a nice change from dashing about trying to squeeze sightseeing into a tight schedule.
Today, suitably refreshed, we drove the short distance up the (steep) hill to visit the medieval village of Eze. The area around Eze is thought to have been populated about 2,000 years BC and the fortified village was built towards the end of the 14th century. The castle at the top of the hill was destroyed many years ago, so there are only partial ruins left. But the top of the hill provides excellent views of the bay below. We wandered around the old buildings in the village and visited several of the shops that now occupy the buildings. We then visited the garden of succulents and the ruins of the castle at the top of the hill.
On the way down, we stopped at the Deli Salad Bar and Olive Oils Shop and are so glad that we did. This unpretentious eatery looks like a take-away bar with a few tables and chairs scattered around, but we had a very pleasant lunch there. We had a bowl of olives in an olive oil with basil whilst we were waiting for our meals to be prepared (a nice touch). Bev and I both opted for salads and were very impressed by the effort that had been put into the presentation of the dishes. The salads were also very tasty! A nicely prepared lunch in a lovely setting with good service. Can’t ask for much more than that!
The owner, Stephane, was very attentive and friendly throughout our visit and provided suggestions regarding the several types of olive oil and vinegar that could be purchased from the shop. It was also possible to taste the different varieties before buying. A variety of olive oils will be making the trip back to Bermuda, along with some mango flavoured vinegar that Bev loves! Fdeli.ezevillage.blogspot.fror more information on ‘Deli’, visit deli.ezevillage.blogspot.fr
After our visit to Eze, we retired back to the apartment for more home cooking and more French wine, whilst we ponder the options for further day-trips this week.
To give you an idea of how the ‘well to do’ travel in this region: In Eze Village there is a hotel called the Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or (Golden Goat). The cheapest room is about 610 euros per night. The better rooms are 1,950 euros per night. The restaurant in the hotel has grilled turbot on the menu for 145 euros!!! Thank goodness we’re in a self-catering apartment!