Friday, January 16, 2009

The World is My Classroom... Flight 1

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain

At the tender age of 16, travelling became one of my passions or shall I say obsession. Ever since, the world has been perceived as my classroom where many wise lessons have been imparted. As I cruise along, I will share my myriad of experiences in those countries that I have been to. The countries will be blogged weekly in no particular order.

Country of the week: France, Provence Côte d'Azur

Sunrise from our Balcony

My hubby and I arrived at Nice airport and took a coach ride to St Raphael railway station. From there, we hopped into a cab(which we had to wait two hours for) to get to our destination, Cap Esterel. This holiday village, bordering the Mediterranean sea, is simply scenic and picturesque. Perched on a lovely hillside position, this charming resort offers stunning panoramic views over the Mediterranean, from Cannes to St Raphael. You could take a nice stroll along the white sandy beach, which is right below the village. The restaurants, shops, bars and boutiques in Cap Esterel are easily accessible by bus 11...our legs. They do offer frequent tram rides around this holiday village due to its vastness. With a wide range of evening entertainment, one can never feel bored or confined despite its remoteness. This tranquil countryside is definitely for you if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

View from the Roof-Top

HOWEVER, (here comes the big however), if you are a vegetarian like me, then you would have a hard time finding a variety of dishes. My dinners throughout the entire stay were nothing else but (drum roll please)........ FORMAGGI PIZZZZZZZAAAAA. That was the only vegetarian dish I could ever find. I have nothing against this deliciously sinful pizza but to have that every night??? Let's say I started to keep away from pizzas for sometime after. Oh did I also mention that I was counting points diligently then? Go figure! Lunch was just as predictable (but we got away with a bit of creativity). It came in the form of a baguette. We made our own 'gourmet' sandwiches with the vegetables we bought at the resort supermarket. For all you carnivores like my beloved, dont fret. This is your ultimate food paradise. You will be so spoilt for choices.

Next, I will impart the wise lesson that was learnt in France. Be careful when you order a cup of warm lemon tea. When my order arrived, the waiter placed a pot of boiling water to my left, the tea cup right infront of me (with a piece of sliced lemon on the saucer) and the main ingredient, the tea, which came in the form of a tea bag, was specially brought to me by another waiter on another saucer. What a royal I'm supposed to have a blast by putting my tea 'together' I reckon!!!!! French Lemon Tea anyone????? That incident still tickles me to this day. Guess that summarises my entire trip but hang onnnnnn........

The highlight of this trip took place at Nice airport. As we checked in for our departure, we bumped into the entire squad of AC Milan players. Suddenly, I felt like I was in heaven surrounded by greek gods. Boy did those hunkies make my day and needless to say... my trip. Notice how I say 'my' instead of 'we' here? ;)

View of the Villa We Stayed In


  1. How absolutely beautiful! Someday I hope to take a long trip through Europe with my camera and my husband. SOMEDAY! lol :)

  2. I cant help but notice that your camera takes precedence over your hubby ;).On a serious note, I would like to thank you for inspiring me.I've always wanted to take up professional photography but dint get a chance to.But upon seeing your blog, I'm spurred on to take up the course once I get back home.Thank you once again :)