Travels in Europe 2007

May 1, 2007

Arrived in Juan-les-Pins today by way of train down from Paris, a 5 1/2 hour ride through the French countryside to the Riviera. Bleary-eyed after the all-night flight from Naples, but happy to finally to be here, our host, after a brief tour of the area provided a proper French welcome – local cheese, a crusty baguette, and a bottle of deliciously dry and fruity rose`. I think I’m going to like it here!

One of the first sights of the area was this view across the Mediterranean from the shoreline of Juan-les-Pins. The bluest sky and water and a bustling little town.

Sunday morning, May 6th.

Another beautiful day on the French Riviera! Found my way to the open market in “Old Antibes”, a medieval town right on the sea. Fresh veggies and fruit, butchers, bakers – and yes, even candle makers! I stopped counting at more than a dozen types of locally produced goat cheeses. And every fifteen feet or so, there would be another farmer selling his/her olives and their freshly made tapenade, to be spread of course on yet another warm, crusty baguette.

 

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