(must be catch up Sunday:-)
A week ago Caroline and I took the train to Grasse, perfume capitol of the world. We actually planned to go to Tende, but missed the bus and didn't want to blow off hours in the train station for the long trip to the mountains...so...
It was a quick trip, past the beaches of Cagnes sur Mer, Antibes, etc, climbing inland to the old village that Fragonard made famous. Nearly everything there is Fragonard - the perfumery, the museum, boutiques, restaurants...
We tasted fabulous aperitifs from the fabulous nougat lady at La Pitchouli, ran into a wedding at the church, meandered up to the square which overlooks town, then down the winding streets, where we were both called to Le Gazon, a delicious little restaurant, snuggled into a tiny corner of the street. We split a main of mouth-watering lamb with garlic potatoes and a corn flan. But the piece de resistance was the risotto starter: a perfectly balanced (and totally exquisite) squid, lemon, basil, parmesan risotto. Hands down best risotto I've ever had!
We hiked and bused back to the train station, and stopped in Antibes
just in time for the Annual Flower Festival and Parade (WATCH HERE),
and the sandiest beach yet. Another great day!