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A Joyeux Noël

Friday, December 27th, 2013

After the fun that was Christmas (visiting Mum in hospital) the feast of St Steven was finally upon us, which meant: time to head South. We managed to brilliantly time our departure so that it was between devastating storms, and Gatwick was an oasis of tranquility. Just kidding, it was packed with screaming rugrats… But we weren’t there long.

One very bumpy flight later and we were arriving in Nice. Usual confusion with the bus; the driver told us to get tickets from the office – chaos in the office, eventually bought the tickets on the bus. The driver was in an untypically good mood though, and was wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

We were soon at the flat, which our friends had left nice and tidy. So we were quickly unpacked and settled in, and off to get some Socca – one portion of which was funded by SimpleSimon 🙂

A reasonable grocery shop later, and we were back at base and easing ourselves into a rather delicious bottle of Argentinian Mendoza (thanks to Audrey and Miles)

March 24

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Another lazy Sunday morning. Back still out of sorts, but getting better. A bit rainy but not enough to stop us having a brisk walk along the promenade mid afternoon. Resisted the temptation for une glace on the way back, as well as a large glass of something at Ponchettes!
H whipped up a tasty curry for dinner. Work looms for the morning, so it was off to bed at sensible- o’clock…

March 21

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

So, we had decided to hire a car so that we actually got out of the Old Town. Up the earliest we had been all week to pick it up just off Place Masséna. A Toyota Aygo (ay-go-fk-yourself)
Hmmm. Actually was ok for what it was. It got us up to Eze perfectly well. Mooched around the tropical gardens in the glorious sunshine. Most relaxing. Headed to La Turbie for some lunch and to look at the views. The trophée d’August was quite something!

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After dropping the car off, and having some dinner it was off to the Ellington hotel to see Marj and Bev.

March 17

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Headed off to Gatwick with our pile of luggage… Haven’t quite got the hang of travelling light! Quick stop in the lounge for a bite to eat and, shockingly, the flight was on time!
Arrived at the flat while it was still light-ish which was novel. Was worth the effort to do a proper clean before we left last time – it was all lovely and fresh. Unpacked the important stuff and headed to our fave restaurant – Côte Marais for a fab meal. A perfect start to the trip 🙂

Nice, St somethings day, 14 Feb.

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Apparently it is some famous day today. It is my friend Allyson’s birthday, which I think is more important 🙂

Anyway, was slaving away over the laptop, working hard, and there was racket outside – some sort of marching band type stuff:
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Was gorgeously sunny this morning, a bit cloudy now. Should be back to full sunshine tomorrow, when we are off to Eze. However, we need to get through the Guns N’ Roses Alternative Valentines Day party at the Boscolo hotel tonight first!

Nice, Feb 2013

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

After a hectic week in Borås, it was nice to be off to Nice for a week. We were on the late BA flight, which was (as seems to be the norm with BA) delayed by 15 minutes. But according to BA, this counts as “on time”. Harumph.
Flight was packed! Some kind of French school trip heading home. At least those Southern French kids got to see some proper weather!
Despite our concerns (the noise level can only be described as somewhat above Brouhaha), the flight was pretty calm. Luckily the sulky teenager who was supposed to be sat next to us managed to squeeze in with her mates.

Chaos ensued in the baggage reclaim when a bag got stuck. Cue “techinal failure” (moving the bag (thanks H!) obviously wasn’t allowed in the union rules). So we all moved to belt 4. Clearly this was a problem, as (half an hour later) belt 3 started disgorging our luggage!

All this excitement meant that the last bus had left, so we scooted round to the taxi rank and hopped in a very jolly taxi drivers cab. Cue lots of French humour, which was rather nice! The Promenade was lined with seats for the forthcoming carnival (which we had totally missed) and we were soon outside Rue Saint-Joseph.

Cue wine!

Twas the night before…

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

…the day before Christmas. (eve…), when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Until 3pm when we got up!

Off to Nice for Christmas

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Luckily the doom-mongers seemed to have got it wrong, and the world didn’t end, but Disaster! The Heathrow Express was suspended. Some mis-alignment of celestial bodies foretold by ancient civilisation? Or a signal fire. One or the other. Anyway, it caused me a pain in the wallet as we had to get a taxi to the airport. However, as we had seven bags, it probably did us a huge favour!
The business lounge was typically full of screaming kids… Great.
Plus, the flight was delayed, and absolutely no information was forthcoming from British “to fly to serve” Airways about:
a) the fact that there actually was a delay
b) why there was a delay
c) how long the delay was
Well played BA, well played…
Still, I am being pedantic. The delay was minor and the flight, although bumpy, was ok and we were soon reunited with our excess baggage.
Getting on the bus was fun! As was going up the hill!
We managed though.

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Clearly the first priority was food, so we headed out to the square and settled into Lu Fran Calin for some Foie Gras and Guinea Fowl in a mustard sauce. Oh how I have missed you, Nice!
A rather fruity Graves helped wash everything down nicely!

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Nice 2012-07, day 3

Monday, July 9th, 2012

A work day today… So up relatively early and working. List of my colleagues who are online? A total of 1.
And H is still fast asleep…

On the plus side, when H did get up she made me breakfast. And then lunch 🙂

Sun is still shining and work is now finished, so a quick scrub up, and then off for a drink and some dinner somewhere.

Nice, July ’12

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Having just hosted the par-tay of the decade, H and I decided to head for some sun. Alors, nous allons a Nice!
Apart from the extreme amounts of excess baggage (no sarcastic remarks please), H getting searched for explosives, and me getting a strop on, the journey down was a breeze!
The flat was in good shape, looking neat and tidy. First things first, open a bottle of wine!