We rented scooters for 24...
We rented scooters for 24 hours in Nice. It's about an hour and a half trip to Cannes from Nice. But it is such a beautiful trip, it is worth the time and money. We happened to be there during the film festival and scooters were definitely the best way to get around. The next morning we took the scooters up the mountain to Monte Carlo. Another gorgeous trip. And they were setting up the Grand Prix course and we got to run it on the scooters. We drove back to Nice along the beach and had an absolute blast the entire time. I highly recommend this experience.
Nice's E R - Hospital St Roch
In the event of medical emergency, The Hospital St Roch offers the city's central Accident and Emergency Department, a few hundred metres from the Acropolis and Museum of Modern Art.
The Service des Urgences will allow you to sample Frances excellent public health system, fully equiped with a George Clooney lookalike with an "'ow you say, Franche accente". No doubt also puffing on a Gaulloise blond during surgery. Whilst contemplating the meaningless of existence.
EU citizens can present their form E111, and after treatment embark on the bureaucratic nightmare of obtaining reimbursement.. Obtain the "feuille de soins" (statement of treatment) and send it with your E111 to the nearest CPAM office (Sickness Insurance office) whilst still in France. It takes two months to receive a statement of your refund. For inpatient care the insurance office will pay 75% and the balance is down to you , along with the fixed daily "hotel" charge.
I didn't really care much for this salad when I was in Nice. I didn't mind the tuna or anchovies and I liked the light vinaigrette, but I wasn't used to a salad having potatoes and green beans. Nevertheless, give it a try, you might like it better.
1 large head Boston-lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 pound green beans, cooked and refreshed
1-1/2 tsp. minced shallots
1/2-2/3 cup basic vinaigrette (recipe below)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 or 4 ripe red tomatoes, cut into wedges
3 or 4 "boiling" potatoes, peeled, sliced, and cooked
Two 3-ounce cans chunk tuna
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved
1 freshly opened can of flat anchovy fillets
1/3 cup small black olives
2 to 3 tablespoons capers
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter or in a shallow bowl. Shortly before serving, toss the beans with the shallots, spoonfuls of vinaigrette, and salt and pepper. Baste the tomatoes with a spoonful of vinaigrette. Place the potatoes in the center of the platter and arrange a mound of beans at either end, with tomatoes and small mounds of tuna at strategic intervals. Ring the platter with halves of hard-boiled eggs, sunny side up, and curl an anchovy on top of each. Spoon more vinaigrette over all; scatter on olives, capers, and parsley, and serve.
1/2 Tbsp. finely minced shallot or scallion
1/2 Tbsp. Dijon-type mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. wine vinegar
1/3 to 1/2 cup excellent olive oil, or other fine, fresh oil
Freshly ground pepper
Either shake all the ingredients together in a screw-topped jar, or mix them individually as follows. Stir the shallots or scallions together with the mustard and salt. Whisk in the lemon juice and vinegar, and when well blended start whisking in the oil by droplets to form a smooth emulsion. Beat in freshly ground pepper. Taste (dip a piece of the salad greens into the sauce) and correct seasoning with salt, pepper, and/or drops of lemon juice.
Monaco is a little bitty principality between Nice and the Italian border. It was real easy to get around on foot, but just a mite too ritzy for me. It seems to me the police there are a little too sensitive about getting their photos taken. Monaco didn't show me much. Go if you like ritzy places or if you have nothing better to do.
International Yatch Club of Antibes
There are boats , there are yatchs, and then there are the Megayatchts. Too large to park in any ordinary harbour, the International Yatch Club of Antibes was built in the outer harbour of Port Vauban, specifically to house these monsters.
Pictured here at Antibes is the worlds largest yatch, Octupus, at over 400 feet in length. It is one of three yatchs owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, and boasts a full cinema and music studio on board, and James Bond eat your heart out, for gawds sake, an internal dry-dock and submarine!. . Parked alongside it are a half dozen similar beasts, including the beautiful Carinthia VII, in what is dubbed "millionires row".
Whether or not you are interested in "boats" you will not fail to be impressed by seeing what euro 20-50m will buy you, here at the IYCA.
Plenty of other things to catch your interest at this resort only thirty minutes by train from Nice. More can be found on my Antibes pages