Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part one

posted on May 15, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Every year my family and I try to take a trip together in May. Being the world traveler that he is, challenging my Dad when it comes to locations has become a little a game for us. So, this year, I jokingly suggested we got to Cannes for the film festival thinking there was no way in hell he was going to pull it off. I am a huge film fan so going to the festival has always been a dream of mine. Instead of a “yeah right,” he replied to my email with “I’ll get back to you.” I did not know what to think. A month later, he forwards me an email confirming tickets for the 4 of us for some of the showings. I was shocked and so excited.

Since we were going to be in Cannes, we decided to add on some days and see the whole Côte d’Azur/French Riviera because my sister and I had never been to this part of France. We chose a hotel set in on the picturesque hillsides of Tourrettes (about 35 minutes from Cannes) and planned on seeing as many neighboring towns as possible. We have only been here for a few days but have already gotten plenty in. Let’s just say, I know where I am going to retire.

The first night, we went to Restaurant de Bacon, a little place renowned for its bouillabaisse. Not only was the view beautiful, but the food was just plain amazing. Best bouillabaisse I have ever had in my life and the rest of the meal was gorgeous too.
View from the restaurant

Restaurant de Bacon: Cap d'Antibes

Restaurant de Bacon: Cap d'Antibes

Crostini and rouille for bouillabaisse

Restaurant de Bacon: Cap d'Antibes
Bib the placed on my Dad for his supper.

Restaurant de Bacon: Cap d'Antibes
Bouillabaisse with langouste.

Restaurant de Bacon: Cap d'Antibes
Mille-feuille with fraise des boise.

Restaurant de Bacon: Cap d'Antibes
Fraise des boise.

Breakfast in Tourrettes
View from our room.

We woke up the next morning pretty tired from out trip from Marrakech but tried to rally as best as we could to get out the door and see some of the neighboring towns before returning home to get ready for the festival that night. We just drove around the countryside (amazing) and stopped in Fayence for some lunch at a little cafe.
Fayence, France
Town sign.

Fayence, France

Fayence, France
Niçoise salad.

Fayence, France
My Mom’s steak tartare

Just some scenery from our walk around town after lunch:
Fayence, France
Fayence, France
Fayence, France
Fayence, France
Fayence, France

That night, we headed to the festival and I was an absolute bundle of nerves. I am such a klutz and had the sick feeling I was going to trip over my gown on the red carpet in front of all the celebrities and press. This is what was waiting for me when I got out of the car:
About to walk the carpet...hope I don't trip
I don’t know how the celebs do this all the time. I got out of the car and made my way trying to look as normal and composed as possible. And…
Made it to the top without tripping!
…I actually made it to the top without tripping! Since beggars can’t be choosers, we took whatever tickets we could get and ended up with “Kung Fu Panda” for the first night. Moon, who gave me a “pass” if I happened to meet John Cusack (some crushes never die), got a really kick out of that and texted me, “You traveled all the way to Cannes to see that? Classic!!”

Art film or not, the whole experience was very surreal and it was crazy to be standing next to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (who both look amazingly normal in real life). I have never been much of a celebrity whore, but I have to admit I was the tiniest bit starstruck at the sight of them. It was also very strange to be sitting in the same theater as them, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu and all the other cast members while watching the movie they acted in (even though it was animated). I cannot imagine how it will be when we are watching a regular flick in the coming days.

After the movie, we headed to a seafood restaurant near the water where I had some amazing belon oysters and loup de mer baked in a salt crust while fireworks blasted over the waterfront.
Cannes, France

Cannes, France
Loup de mer.

I am so in love with this place. We had an even crazier day today, but you’ll just have to tune in later for that report. I am beat and hitting the sack.

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  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part one
    posted by: A. Sunshine · May 18, 2008  3:23 PM

    What a lucky girl you are! It looks beautiful.

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part one
    posted by: /dev/nall · May 20, 2008  10:17 PM

    Looks like an amazing trip. You seriously need to fix the white balance on most of the food pics though, way too yellow.

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part one
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · May 22, 2008  3:23 AM

    Thanks. I have no idea how to do that but I’ll ask my photog friend. I took my photos with no flash so I would not disturb the other diners. And, most places are quite dark to begin with. Hope they still communicated what the food looked like.

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part one
    posted by: Sally Parrott Ashbrook · May 23, 2008  10:40 AM

    White balance is not just a matter of right or wrong; it’s a matter of the style of the photos. It would be good, certainly, for you to know how to intentionally make choices about your white balance, but I think the warm tones in your food photos suggest an intimate dining experience.

    Your write-up of Marrakech and the rest of your trip inspired me to include a lamb tagine in the wine tasting I’m holding tomorrow night. 😀

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part one
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · May 23, 2008  10:44 AM

    Thanks, Sally.
    I am definitely still learning. I am self-taught and try not to augment my photos too much in photoshop after the fact. I should take a class as soon as I have a spare moment. And, I am so glad to hear my trip inspired you to cook. I guess I am doing my job! I bought a great tagine and a load of spices in Marrakech so I will be doing one soon as well. Thinking of doing it on my grill in the coals. Which recipe are you using?

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