NoeHill Sails the Mediterranean: 2003


Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1st and 2nd

Welcome Hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer The Author Reading on His Balcony
At the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer
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Bad start to the vacation.

Air France delayed our departure by almost two hours; a chatty high school kid in the row behind me talked all night; and the Paris-Nice flight had to be rescheduled. As a result, we didn't arrive in Nice until late afternoon, three hours behind schedule. By the time we took a taxi to the station, a train to Villefranche and then lugged our baggage a quarter of a mile to the Hotel Welcome, it was after 9:00 PM.

Les Palmiers Restaurant and Brasserie Les Palmiers Restaurant and Brasserie (Click Photo to Zoom)
But things got better immediately. Our room, although of moderate size, had a balcony overlooking the harbor, just 30 feet away. What a great view!

The evening was warm and quite pleasant, so we had dinner outdoors at Les Palmiers in Place Amélie Pollonnais, next to the hotel. Al indulged in his favorite, moules frites; while I had my first of many Mediterranean pizzas.