Our first visitors!
Trip Start Sep 15, 2011
23Trip End Dec 24, 2011
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Thankfully, we had some sunny weather for the visit, although the air is getting cold and the wind can be quite brisk. We took the whole family for a wander through the old town, through the port and over to the beaches at Juan les Pins. We took them out to Cafe Clemenceau for crepes and croissants in the old town. The cafe has its tables set out in a little square with a small fountain in the middle. It's one of the few places where one can get breakfast which explains why we went there three days in a row!
I took Tanya to quickly check out the Marche Provencal and to stock up on olives and tapenades
On the spur of the moment, we even took a quick jaunt over to Villefranche sur Mer. Kai asked for a castle and Cody asked for a mountain and we thought: "we know just the place!" We just love that little town and it did not disappoint. The train over there was packed full of people who had run the Nice-Cannes marathon that morning. There were a lot of limping French people... Thankfully, the train ride back home was more peaceful and we all had a little rest.
The kids were all remarkably well behaved and accommodating of our wanderings. Cody would jump and flail around for Nicolas, who found it all endlessly amusing. Kai was determined that Nicolas and Kaycee be boyfriend and girlfriend; not that Nicolas needed much convincing to cozy up to that cutie. Kaycee is a the sweetest little strawberry blonde princess. She slept through the whole trip to Villefranche. At home, the boys were busy making paper airplanes and watching videos. Once we were out and about, we took them to the playgrounds in old town and to the carousel
I think both Kai and Nicolas both have developed some pretty serious baguette addictions. Kai can eat his own weight in baguette as long as the bread is hot and fresh from the oven. On the last day of their visit, we ate five baguettes! A new record! We waited in the bakery for the last three to come out of the oven. They were too hot to hold at first but within a minute or two we were all in fresh bread heaven.