Here we finally go, my holiday pictures. As I said, we “had” to go on holiday as our parquet floor got sanded and varnished, meaning: not entering the living room for 4 days. Why not turn this hitch into an opportunity and go to the south of France for 6 days? Which left me with the question: what to wear at the Côte d’Azur? I know what you are thinking: “Gosh, is that your “problem”? Must be hard to bare”… Yes, I agree, we are lucky bastards.
As that part of the world has high temperatures and is rather chic (I thought), I was looking through my closet for things that were a) thin / lightweight / cool (as in not hot) and b) a bit elegant. In that order. Starting with the shoes, the most difficult part. I should have asked myself What to wear at the Côte d’Azur on my feet? As I get blisters wearing shoes with bare feet. Always and everywhere. Even the softest shoes give me blisters in the end. Only shoes made of cloth instead of leather don’t give me this problem.
Elegant means high heels for me. I know this isn’t true and I know many outfits with low heels which are drop dead gorgeous and elegant. But I haven’t mastered this yet. Dress/skirt and heels = elegant with me.
Below: close-up of the dress shown above to let you see it is a blue and white stripe. Not easy to see in all photos, especially not if you are looking at this post on your smartphone. These photos were taken in Nice.
The dress is by Bellamy Gallery and cost € 68.-. I have told you about this brand many times before: sustainable, no child labour or anyting like that, transparant, comfortable and very affordable. You got to love them. I think the dress was meant for less bustier women but I got the girls in there.
Below: the beaches in this area are often pebble beaches. I hate sand, but I am certainly not going to lie on rocks.
Below: as it happened we only laid on comfortable beds at the swimming pool of our hotel. From 15.00 to 17.30. Not too hot and not too bad for our skin. Actually the result of our laziness. The spot at the beach we knew from years before had gone and we didn’t explore where to go now and where to park. Laziness.
Below: another view of our hotel terrace (breakfast, lunch, drinks, dinner area)
Below: the hotel is in Cagnes sûr Mer, up in “Haut” (the word says it: high) Cocagne. Name of the hotel is Sandton Hotel Domaine Cocagne
We often went to this hotel years ago when it didn’t have any stars and was simpler. We got to know the lovely owners. After they sold it, we couldn’t find the same cosiness and laughter as before and stopped going. No idea why we went back this time. Sentimental reasons? Easy? Sunshine? Comfort? I don’t know. It is a lovely place to be, nothing wrong with the place. Just not for us. My best time spent is always with friends and my best pastime is laughter. Both of which we got plenty of in the old days. And not anymore now it has gone chic. Never mind, other people will adore this hotel. Let me show you some of the views near this fab hotel (as it ís fab).
Below: see the sea? Top left.
Below: the first day we arrived, we re-acquainted ourselves with Nice. And got some outfit shots. Where is my smile? See? I need to laugh when my photo is taken. Otherwise I look like a miserable so and so.
Below: these shoes are soft as butter. Got them in Turin last year, heavily reduced (TG). So far, they haven’t given me any blisters. The bag is by Furla and years old. I like it a lot (present from husband) but it has a cream shoulder strap. And hot, sweaty hands do not go well with light coloured leather. The strap is now a bit tattered, while the bag is still fine. Anybody with a clever idea how to save this bag?
Below: Ron took photos of me walking and the wind started blowing…. Remember the wind is not my friend?? It reveiled I have a tummy. Not too bad, but still. And it reveiled that I need a longer underskirt.
Below: when that wind really got hold of my hair, my face clearly expresses my discontent. There goes elegant…
Below: as we walked to a restaurant, we saw this lady taping a piece of cardboard to her trolley. That puzzled me. Ron thinks she would pin her music on there and play.
Below: dinner at a lovely restaurant underneath this pergola.
Below: as we walked back the sun was setting, giving Ron a chance to make some lovely photos. Watch the moon top left and the statue on the pole..
Below: taken from the right angle, the moon balanced on the statue’s head
Below: I thought this would be good light for another outfit shot (I most bore the hell out of him)
Below: we also went to Nice on our last day. Haven’t got many good photos of that. These shots of children playing with the water on that very hot day (30-33 degrees C) are adorable.
Below: the little boy is so cute.
Below: swimming lessons !
Below: one last postcard to say goodbye for this week.
Linking up with Patti of Not Dead Yet, who is hosting Visible Monday. And she wears a gorgeous black dress.
Also linking up with Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb, hosting I will wear what I want. She is showing beachwear in Cornwall.