Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Family Vacation Riviera Style

With grandchild 2.1 returning to the gentle climate of Northern Michigan where she goes to school, we were back to just he essential Eldership crew for...about an hour. That is because we had arranged for daughter #3 and family to come visit us during a week their oldest had off from school. The way the timing worked, I was dropping 2.1 off at Nice airport at almost exactly the time they were arriving. It was a race to see if I could get back to the rental house before they got here. I left Wife at the house just in case.

As it turned out on this, my fourth trip to the Nice airport, I found yet another way to get lost getting out. This means that in four tries I have never come back to the rental house coming out of the airport the same way. #3 and family arrived going up the narrow, twisty road literally just seconds before I did with me following them all the way up.

#3, and 3A have two young children, 5year old 3.1 and 2 and a half year old 3.2 (for anyone newish to the blog, I use an alphanumeric system to designate my family. I have three daughters - #'s 1, 2 and 3. Their husbands are alphabetical so 3A is #3's first husband. And the children are numeric so 3.1 is first child of daughter #3). Those who either have children or grandchildren will know that this means that everything goes slower.

Wife and I spent time when we went around with 2.1 keeping an eye out for things that would be family with young children friendly. So don't expect too many pictures this week of new and exciting places. Do expect a crap load of pictures of young grandchildren, So I apologize to those readers ahead of time.

The first Sunday they were here everyone was tired from their early flight. It was a lovely day, I cooked and we spent the day lounging around, reacquainting with our grandchildren...and drinking almost three bottles of wine!

On Monday we went into close by Menton, strolled around, went to the playgrounds, ate lunch, did some shopping.

Study of Daughter #3

 Including a rare picture of 3A
He is a photographer of such skill that he can crop himself out of the picture you take of him before you even download it.
Study of Granddaughter 3.1

Study of Granddaughter 3.2

Study of a Fabulous Sunrise

Study of Mother and Daughter at Fabulous Sunrise

Culinary Highlights
As noted before, we're not really focusing on the culinary experience. So whatever we have some things are interesting and others are so, so. We're going to lots of sort of everyday places.
Another 3A sighting!
I had some oysters that were particularly tasty, very salty from seawater, traditional vinegar sauce was a nice balance to the saltiness.
A couple had Soupe de Poisson, a traditional Mediterranean fish soup.
I thought it was well done, nice and thick, with a fresh fish (not too strong) flavor.
We thought most of the mains were just okay except for a pork stew that 3A had
Children Gastronomy
The children discovered 'finger pasta'
Pasta big enough to be eaten by putting their finger through it
And their Mother made them a lovely Flower Meal made of vegetables, ham and cheese


Renee Michelle Goertzen said...

I am grateful that I have a batch of homemade pasta in the freezer, or I would be desperately envious every time you take pictures of your food on this trip.

alexis said...

It's pretty much impossible to have a high culinary experience in accompaniment to small children. Even if they do sit still, your intense trepidation that they will lose their s*** at any minute.