Farewell to France: our last days on the Cote d’Azur

We have so many great memories from our trip to France, but one that continues to shimmer in my daydreams is a walk we took along the peninsula at St. Jean Cap Ferrat as our visit there came to a close.

We began at our hotel, the Grand Hotel du Cap, which is sited at the very tip of the peninsula.

The lighthouse icon at the tip of the peninsula is just below our hotel.

We rode the funicular down to the beach club and exited the gate to a chalky path that meanders below the cliffs at the edge of the sea. Our day was, of course, perfect. 80 degrees, full sun, gentle breeze off the Mediterranean.

There's the lighthouse in the distance

We chose the road more traveled – the path that leads into the village of St. Jean Cap Ferrat.

We had the path all to ourselves that morning.

One of the curiosities of our trip was the vast amount of graffiti we saw everyplace we visited. It is strewn throughout Paris, Provence and, as you see here, the Riviera, as well:

This abandoned structure along the sea has seen better days.

The village of St. Jean Cap Ferrat beckons in the distance.

Overlooking Cap Ferrat's storied Paloma Beach

In town, things were quiet. The restaurants and smaller hotels were shuttered, marking the end of the high season. We found a cafe next to the harbor where some locals were gathered and we stopped to share a cafe au lait.

The harbor looks remarkably similar to Santa Barbara's, doesn't it?

La Civette was the place to be that morning

We dragged our feet a bit on the walk back to our hotel, not wanting the day – or our time in France – to come to an end. The CE took a ceremonial toe-dip in the hotel’s plunge pool so he could say he’d been in the Mediterranean Sea.

That evening, we took a cab into the neighboring village of Villefranche and had dinner aside their harbor at the popular La Mere Germaine.

Our water’s edge table was ideal for watching the privileged folks ferrying back and forth from their yachts in dinghies.

It seemed like the right place to order seafood.


The next day was our last and happened to be our 31st wedding anniversary, which we celebrated with dinner on the terrace of the Grand Hotel du Cap. It was an evening of gratitude for the wonderful two weeks we’d spent in France and for the 30+ years we’ve shared together.

Decades fly when you're having fun!

Au revoir to France – we hope to return soon!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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13 Responses to Farewell to France: our last days on the Cote d’Azur

  1. CE says:

    No. No. and No again. I am NOT leaving!! NOT!!! NOT!!! NOT!!!

  2. I’m mesmerized by these photos and can’t imagine how much more beautiful it is in person! I hope to get there someday, hopefully within the next two years.

    • polloplayer says:

      So glad you enjoyed the photos, Stephanie. I’m told that the weather we had in early October was unseasonably warm so if you want to have a similar experience you may want to go a bit earlier in the fall than we did. Enjoy your trip when you go!

  3. Savoury Image says:

    I love your photos and your stories. I love reliving past trips to Provence and the Cote D’Azur.

  4. polloamigo says:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories and stunning photos. May the next 31 years together be even more wonderful than the first 31 have been.

  5. Ang says:

    Hard to out impress those views, but the 31 years did it! Xoxo

  6. Katherine says:

    Leave it to the french to name the popular eating establishment after a thin, nocturnal mammal – because aren’t all the french thin, nocturnal mammals?

    But seriously: joyeux anniversaire to a lovely couple.

  7. Congratulations on 31 years together – what a way to see in your anniversary. I just posted on Cannes myself – I think I understand a little about how you feel to leave. The memories are the best!

  8. Rosanne says:

    I remember the day you met….

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