Nîmes is another town in Provence that has a rich Roman history and like Arles, it also has an arena.
I only had a coffee as lunch as I was eyeing for more pastries later..
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Boulangerie Maison Villaret
13 Rue de la Madeleine, 30000 Nîmes, France
We planned a day trip to Arles and Nîmes and to make use of the day, we arrived in Arles before 8:20am. It was a bad plan as we arrived too early! The sun wasn’t fully out yet so it was really really cold… and nothing was opened before 10am….
We ended up killing time by first having breakfast at a cafe that had a big sign saying crêpe……it was one of the worse nutella crêpe on this trip… the crêpe was pre-made and was reheated in the microwave……… I was so disappointed with this cafe that we decided to have coffee across the street. By the time we finished coffee at about 10am, the sun was finally out!
the famous UNESCO Roman-era Arena…
passed by a boulangerie and couldn’t resist getting a strawberry millefeuille…
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
66 Rue de la Republique, Arles, France
Saint Rémy de Provence is one the typical villages nestled in the Provence countryside. What makes it so famous is that Vincent Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, located just outside the village. It was here, where Van Gogh painted his most famous work, The Starry Night.We walked the Van Gogh walk, a 1.5 km walk from the village to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Along the way, there are plaques of Van Gogh’s art with his quotations, which are quite insightful into his works and emotions.
Saint-Paul-de-Mausole is still a psychiatric hospital today and a part of it is opened for visitors….
the gardens at St. Paul’s are so gorgeous…..
Van Gogh’s room…
St. Remy is also famous for its large Wednesday market and luckily, it fit into our schedule. However, by the time we walked back to town after visiting Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the market was closing… We only managed to grab a bit to eat…
2 different sasusages.. so oily and fat.. but so good!
strawberries… but it’s not as sweet as the ones in Nice… Nougat de Montélimar….. a local confection from the South of France… a soft, chewy bar made of egg whites, honey and nuts (pistachios, almonds)…. this was toooooooooo sweet…. I asked for the smallest piece and I couldn’t even finish half of it!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Saint Rémy de Provence, France
On the way back to Cannes from Grasse, we made a stop in Mougins. Mougins, a small village perched up on a hill, is famous for its art and gourmet restaurants and many celebrities, artists and chefs have visited/lived/worked here. Because the walk from the bus stop to Mougins is a 30 minute uphill hike, there weren’t too many tourists.
It was such a delight to walk through the village…. so many street art to discover and greenery to serve as picture backdrops!
Mougins is a serious place for gastronomists, as there are many famous restaurants in the village….. but there isn’t a single ice-cream shop! We finally found a cafe that served ice-cream… but it came from grocery shop-bought cartons…. such a disappointment….rose and lavender ice-cream…. tasted too artificial and was too icy.. guess no one ordered from that cafe…..
FAIM? non non…
From Cannes, we took the bus to Grasse, the perfume capital of Provence.
breakfast before touring Fragonard’s perfume museum…..
We had a free tour of Fragonard’s perfume museum was actually quite informative.. and there was perfume shopping at the end!
For lunch, I picked a restaurant that served traditional Provençal cuisine.
Lou Pignatoun has decent lunch deals starting from 10.5 euros for one main dish…aïoli (supplementary 2 euros)… this is actually the name of the sauce made of garlic, olive oil, egg, lemon and mustard… It was a bit too mustardy for my liking…
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
13 Rue de l’Oratoire, 06130 Grasse, France
Phone:+33 4 93 36 11 80
We spent a wonderful afternoon exploring Antibes, another resort town on the Côte d’Azur.
There’s a Picasso Musuem in the old town but online reviews of it was meh… so instead, we decided to walk around town and have ice-cream.
There’s Amorino everywhere in France and Italy!
hazelnut and speculoos…. They scooped the icecream into flower-shaped… so pretty!
the town is really small.. we walked around twice to find someplace for dinner….. but instead found a famous pâtisserie.
Foie Gras et Confit d’Oignons / Chocolat 80%.……. The foie gras onion macaron was toooo weird to be good…. I could taste a bit of foie but the onion was too overwhelming… I had to rinse my mouth so many times!!! The chocolate was decent but wasn’t crispy enough….
Since it was Monday, a lot of restaurants and shops were closed … we ended up eating an early dinner at a less “touristy” restaurant..
moules-frites…. 3rd night in a row! In comparison, these mussels were the smallest and the least fresh……
FAIM? un peu…
45 Rue de la République, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France
Jean Luc Pelé
27 Rue de la République, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France
Cafe des Chineurs
28 Rue Aubernon, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France
Next stop.. Cannes!!! We went to Cannes a week before the film festival and it seemed like the entire city was in the middle of setting up for this mega event. The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was closed so we couldn’t walk up the red carpet. even the beach side restaurants were closed…..
For some reason, it was really hard to find a restaurant in Cannes. There weren’t a lot of options near the Croisette and we ended up eating near the train station. We saw that there were a lot of people at the restaurant San Telmo and decided to eat there (even though it’s Italian and I wanted to eat French food in France).
risotto with scallops, broas beans, red onions, butter and parmesan…… don’t know if it’s because I was too hungry, but this was pretty good. Very flavourful and decent portion
For breakfast, we found a fancy bakery from Paris…Bostock aux amandes….. I didn’t know what a “bostock” was but I was attracted to the almonds. I was a bit shocked at the price, 3.8 euros, compared to an almond crossiant for 1.2 euros. What could be so different about it??? After googling, I found out that bostock is made up of slices of day-old brioche, drenched in liqueur-syrup, topped with almond cream and almonds, then baked. It’s denser and sweeter than a croissant.. and much more filling.
iconic Carlton Hotel…
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
31 Rue Hoche, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone:+33 4 97 06 08 65
63 Rue Antibes, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone:+33 4 97 06 67 67