First stop was to find the bus stop I would need when I do go to Eze. It's right close by which is nice, but it took me a while to make up my mind it was right because I don't seem to have the right type of brain for reading bus schedules and such. But, yes it is the right one and now when I go, I can march right to it and get on the #82 bus and supposedly it will get me to Eze. The bus stop is right at Garibaldi Square and I took the opportunity to take a couple of pictures of the buildings around the square which are all basically the same and are part of the reason it's an attractive spot to watch the world go by.
So having settled that to my satisfaction I moved on. And came across this window at a confectionary shop - astounding, isn't it? A lot of reflection in the glass, but you get the idea...makes me wish I was getting married or doing something very special and had the money to burn.
And I also have this picture which I took just because I thought it was yet another pretty building - the pinkish color rather than yellow.
And I know you'll find it hard to believe (I do too) but I didn't take any more pictures until I was coming back from the antiques market. The antiques market was enjoyable - I even found myself a tiny little treasure to buy, to whit:
By the time I had had enough of the market, it had once again gotten quite cloudy, windy, and chilly and the vendors were rushing around getting everything gathered up. I had taken a break for lunch and went to the same delicious ham sandwich place I had been to before, so I had been carrying around the second half of the sandwich oh, and my drugstore purchases. I forgot about that. Following orders I had stopped first thing at a drug store to get some sun screen. The cheapest they had was 9.50E and I very reluctantly decided to get it but then the girl at the register and the man who was her customer apparently were reviewing each of their life histories or something and after waiting quite a bit, I decided to heck with it and left. And I'm glad I did because once I got down into old Nice there was what must have been a type of "discount" drugstore or something. Went in there and on a very small scale it was more like ours - a little bit of food, a little bit of stationery supplies (got a pack of pens!) and then regular pharmacy stuff. My sunscreen there - SPF 50 guys so rest easy! - was 4.50E and I also got some bandaids for my knee. So, I set off for home to get rid of my bag and then decide about Eze which was beginning to seem a little doubtful. Got to the room around 3:30, very cloudy skies by then, so I decided Eze was out and really didn't know what to do with myself at that point. So I hung about here for a while, fortunately had some e-mails to look at, stretched out on the bed and looked at my strange little Nice book from the TI office and finally thought "well, I'll go get a treat". I did and that bucked me right up. I had a pain du chocolat which is basically a non-croissant-shaped croissant with lumps of delicious chocolate scattered around in the layers. Yummy! And two of the tiny pots of tea which was nice on such a chilly day. On the way back I decided to take a close up look at this building I've been seeing and wondering what it is cause it's quite huge, and, of course, quite elaborate. And I just asked my landlady to transcribe lycee for me cause what I found on liine left me a little unsure and it's a term used for secondary schools. This one is a high school and she told me the inside is as gorgeous as the outside. It's the school her daughter attended. These photos are with my phone and since it was so overcast, they're not all that great.
So, some building, right? Now, in Nice you have to be careful to remember to look down fairly frequently when you're wandering around looking up at all this magnificence because underfoot is not so magnificent. I won't enlarge this one!
And that's pretty much my day. I went out for dinner and wanted to try socca which is a dish uniquely Nicoise but the restaurant my landlady told me I should go to for it was closed and rather than wander around looking for something else, I stopped at a restaurant right around the corner from the closed one that had socca signs all over the place. I'm pretty sure it's geared towards tourists so I wasn't expecting too much and that's what I got. But it filled me up and I had my glass of wine so I'll survive. And if it's nice weather tomorrow I will get myself off to Eze.
au revoir til then...