Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Home at last, a wonderful adventure but it is really good to get home and sleep in our bed.

Paris was great, and Go Giants, World Champs

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Today is our last day in Villefrnche and we are told the entire town dresses for Halloween, it sort of an annual Ball. We have dinner plans for 7:30 PM and than early to bed for our train trip to Paris for our flight home on Monday.

We spent a relaxing morning and completed our walk of the town, getting to know our way around and where to buy the best food and wine. I have been drinking a lot of "house vin" and it is very good and a great deal less expensive than by the bottle.

The weather has turned cool, and in fact they are predicting rain for tonight and tomorrow, but what the hell we are leaving. It is nice to think of home but at the same time it is hard to leave this storybook town and the friendly people.

But tomorrow night it's the Paris Hilton and than on to SFO.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Another boring sunrise in Villefranche and the start of a perfect day. We went to Italy today to a huge market with all kind of stuff. The market was soooooo large that we spend almost the entire day walking the many shops. We also learned that Italian police officers do not like having their pictures taken.

We had a wonderful lunch of pasta and pizza looking over the Sea. However, the trouble started on the train ride back to Villefranche. The French labor strike caused the train to operate with limited service, and our train was packed - I mean packet. The pushing and shoving was horrible and we felt like cattle. This labor stuff is starting to get to us. I guess we are ready to come home, three weeks is a very long time. But tomorrow is our last day here in Villefranche and we intend to take it easy and rest for the trip home.

We had dinner last night with the daughter of a friend of Tom's and she has been living in Villefranche for the last 15 months. Her name is Kate and she is a very lovely woman. We enjoyed a great dinner and great company. She gave Marcella the tip on the shopping in Italy.

Another day in Villefanche................

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Today is a day of rest after walking all over Nice yesterday. We visited the Port and the Museum Mattise, and the markets. Quite a place, and very different from Paris. The bus ride was easy, but we are having to wait as the national strike has slowed everything including the buses and trains.

We plan on spending some time in the sun today, and complete our walk of the entire town of Villefranche. Last night we had a great dinner at Le Serre, a small restaurant that is heavily influenced by italian cooking. We plan on eating light today, and keep with our schedule of dining out and eating in.

Again, Villefranche is very relaxing and the people very friendly. The french get a bad rap for not being friendly, everyone and everywhere we have been have been nice and helpful.

Go Giants..........

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Well another excellent day in Villefranche and we spent most of yesterday walking around the town and taking pictures. It is lovely and some very comfortable. The only draw back is we only get internet in the morning at the Cafe. But, perhaps that is good, we won't spend much time on the computer.

We got up early for the sunrise, and it was very impressive, we had the whole area to ourselves and a young lady from Seattle.

Today we are headed for Nice on the bus, and some shopping and site seeing. I believe Marcella is interested in several places.

The weather here in Villefranche is great, lots of sun and we even hope to relax by the sea on Thursday and travel it Italy on Friday. This is the life.........

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26, VillaFranche sur Mar

We arrived in VilleFrance sur Mar yesterday afternoon. This is the apt of the Briggs family who
live in Sebastopol. Scott works for the county. This little town is simply picturesque and charming. Will take lots of pictures here for sure! Steps, steps, climbing and more climbing.
The buildings are old of course with housing and stores, shops, restaurants, dogs running around playing with tennis balls. Today we'll explore the town and inhale the beauty of its uniqueness.
Le Cote de Azure.

The train ride from Paris was an amazingly easy and comfortable ride. Someday California will have one similar. Oui.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

October 23, 2010

Today is very cold and rainy. We took the metro to the Bastille area and walked up to the square built by Henry IV, Place des Vosges. A very beautiful square with many shops and cafes. The shops were very upscale expensive boutiques, men and women. We tried to get in one side of the Hotel Sully, but were turned away as there was a demonstration happening. Police surrounded some protesters sitting on the pavement while others chanted and threw pink confetti on the police. Continuing on through the rain and cold we spotted Notre Dame and knew we were close to our apt. Crossing over two bridges and the Ile de la cite (island) made it up to the Latin Quarter and waited for the hour the French eat midday. I have to say I've never seen so many beautiful stylish clothes, shoes, boots, (even for infants/children), anywhere in my life!