A Relaxed Tour of the Côte d’Azur

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Hubby and I had this trip planned for weeks, it’s part of our resolution to have a number of trips scheduled in the diary so that we have fun stuff to look forward to.  What I thought would be a frolic around the Côte d’Azur turned out to be quite a different story.

3 weeks’ before our travel date, I was rather shocked to be rushed to hospital to have my appendix whipped out.  I won’t bore you with the details but I must say that my main concern (after getting out of there alive) was whether or not I would be able to take this trip.  The good news was that the medics gave me a cautious “yes”, subject to me taking it easy.

I was particularly excited about a photography tour of the flower market that I had booked.  It involved spending 90 minutes with a professional photographer who would ensure that I would  “walk away from the tour with a better understanding of terms like “f-stop” “aperture” “shutter speed” and “ISO”.”.  Now I have no idea what any of those things mean, so this could only be a good thing – right?  Since hubby gifted me a “point and shoot” camera, this is exactly what I have done – point and shoot.  The only functions that I have recently become friends with are my panoramic function as well as some scene modes – “food” being my favourite!

Having received neither a confirmation nor a cancellation from the tour company, I decided to turn up anyway.  9am at the Nice Opéra House to begin our photographic tour of the famous flower market in Nice Old Town.

Photographer is nowhere to be seen, looks like this tour is not happening after all

Photographer is nowhere to be seen, looks like this tour is not happening after all

I was really hoping to share some sort of photographic renaissance with you, but alas, it’s my usual standard of amateur snaps – I just hope that they don’t disappoint. . .

FLowers

Peonies, one of my favourite flowers, found here in abundance

Just what is it about a French market that attracts and intrigues me in equal measure?  I love the romanticism of leaving the house on market day, wicker basket draped on my arm and being inspired to create dishes from whatever produce is available that day.  My food would follow the seasons and I would have a colourful diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.

White asparagus - a rare sight where I live

White asparagus – a rare sight where I live

What I also love are the mismatched shapes and sizes.  Where are those EU quangos who measure the size and straightness of a butternut squash?  Nowhere to be seen here (and long may that be the case).

Butternut squash - buy as much as you need - no food waste here

Butternut squash – buy as much as you need – no food waste here

Why don’t I see white asparagus and purple artichokes at the greengrocers in Staines-upon-Thames?  I’m not really sure I’d know what to do with them, but I’d love the challenge.

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If all else fails, I could always make a lov

If all else fails, I could just take a bunch and use as a centrepiece!

Let me leave you with some pictures.

Pumpkin (and it's not even Halloween!)

Pumpkin (and it’s not even Halloween!)

Garlic

Garlic

Tomatoes

Tomatoes – at home, these would be heirloom tomatoes and nearly double the price

Dried aubergines - really regretting not buying a bag of these

Dried aubergines – really regretting not buying a bag of these

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Tempted to buy all of this, I’d love to see it on a BBQ

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If I’d bought this, it wouldn’t have made it home – hubby and I just love a saucisson sêche

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Just what do we do with the courgette flowers in the UK? Where do they go? You never see them attached to a courgette, unless of course you are growing them yourself.

And finally, I realise that the tour I should have been on was one for the FLOWER market and, as usual, I'm more interested in the Food!

And finally, I realise that the tour I should have been on was one for the FLOWER market and, as usual, I’m more interested in the food!

About jane

Born in Manchester more years ago than I care to remember and now living not far from that there London. By day I work in HR, by night I am Masterchef. From mid-June, I will be travelling to Paris where I will spend 6 weeks' learning all the basics of French pâtisserie, I'm preparing to take on some pounds!

One Response to A Relaxed Tour of the Côte d’Azur

  1. Marcey says:

    Beautiful and now my mouth is watering … French market needed tout de suite! Thank you for sharing some memories from your travels.

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