Nice, a bustling large city on the Cote d’Azur, is a sparkling gem along France’s Mediterranean coast. Our hotel, Le Meridien, was ideally situated at the very beginning of the Promenade des Anglais, the main boulevard that runs along the beach (yay for Starwood points!). On this stretch of the promenade, we see lots of bikers, joggers and rollerbladers. It is certainly a gorgeous scenery to exercise to!
We also discovered that Internet access at our hotel costs an exorbitant 19 euroes per day. Thankfully, there is a McDonald’s right next door with free Wi-Fi (though as we will discover later at times the download speed crawls along at a snail’s pace, taking as long as 5 minutes to upload 1 photo to Facebook). This particular McDonald’s has a McCafe, which actually looks very fancy – you would not know you’re looking at the interior of a McDonald’s!
Dinner was at La Merenda, considered exclusive only because of its ridiculously small size. There are only two seatings, and each time accommodates only about 8 small tables. We walked there at 6:15 p.m. and were able to snag a reservation for the 9:00 p.m. seating that day.
We ordered off the daily menu written on a chalk board, which changes daily.
I selected the ratatouille as a starter, and AK ordered the fried cauliflower hearts. It was the most amazing plate of ratatouille I have ever had!!!
Main entrees consisted of beef tripe, cooked nicoise style, for me and homemade sausage for AK. Both tasted very much like the cooking of Southern France – hearty, flavorful, and plentiful. It’s the taste of harvest and abundance. Although I enjoyed the flavor of the tripe, it was a bit heavy for me to eat the entire plate for dinner.
Deciding to be adventurous, I ordered the local pie made from Swiss chard (I thought I heard the server incorrectly), pears and figs. Despite the off-putting color of the greens, my piece actually tasted really good! I give myself extra points for being adventurous tonight!
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