Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Gingy goes to Nice

In the movie Amelie, one of the characters kidnaps a garden gnome and takes pictures of him all over the world and mails them back to the owner. I liked that idea, but garden gnomes are too big to carry in my purse. But Gingy isn't, so this is Gingy's trip to Nice.

The first leg of the journey was a train from Ottawa to Toronto to Windsor.  It was a long day.

Here is Gingy the next day, checking his luggage at Detroit International airport:
The trip did not go exactly as planned.  We flew from Detroit to New York's JFK airport.  We were delayed almost an hour leaving JFK, and so here's Gingy killing time with the boys in Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris, waiting to get on a new flight since the delay meant we missed our connection to Nice.

Finally we arrived in Nice with most of our luggage.  Gingy collapsed on a chair on the balcony of the villa.  He was very jet-lagged and in need of a glass of wine.

Soon he headed for bed. In the movie star bedroom of the villa.

The next day, we went into downtown Nice.  The Port is pretty cool.

We went into the Old Town (Vielle Ville) and stopped for lunch and a drink in the K'fe Cayenne in Place du Palais:

Cafe au lait hit the spot:

Later we stopped for lunch. You kind of have to order Salade Nicoise when you're in Nice.
 After all that food, cafe au lait wasn't going to cut it. It was time for espresso!
Christmas Eve we made a special feast of cheese and crackers and prosciutto and pineapple and salami and shrimp and champagne.  We even tried lumpfish roe that we bought by accident, thinking it was seafood sauce.  It was salty and fishy.  No one had seconds.
We took turns having our pictures taken in the jacuzzi tub in my Dad's bedroom.

Gingy hit the champagne a bit too hard and decided to wear the wire thingy that came on the bottle.

After Christmas dinner, we had Buche Noel for dessert.

Sadly, Gingy got into an altercation with some locals.

Hopefully, his New Year's will be better!
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!!


  1. LOVE this!

    I'm glad Gingy is having fun.

    1. The fun is only beginning. :)

    2. Looks like fun! Hmmm...who was the cute guy Gingy was hanging out with in the airport???

      Merry Christmas!!!

    3. Those would be my nephews, lol. Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. Glad you are having a good time!

  3. I love that picture of Gingy by the luggage!

    I have some friends who travel with Guy, a stuffed cat they bought in Paris --he always has a great time. He even has his own FB page :-) http://www.facebook.com/guylussacthetravelcat

    1. That's my fave pic of all of them, lol. I'll have to check out Gus's page next time I'm on FB. Merry Christmas, Cassi!

  4. hey, you like reading Ian Rankin too! happy travels and merry Christmas!

    1. LOVE Ian Rankin! Thanks, and Happy New Year to you and the Missus (And Penny and Spike too, of course.)

  5. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Sounds like you guys are having a fun time, espcially Gingy. However, if that was me I would have been lying down between Gingy and those guys at the airport(just saying). Now that's a picture I'd like to see!!
    Hope you had a great Christmas!

    Miss you!
    Julie & Kenzie

    1. Um, those are my nephews, lol. We are having a great time. Hope your Christmas was good and that Kenzie is having fun in the snow. I hear you're getting more today. Keep the snowpants handy. Happy New Year!!

  6. Natalie11:47 AM

    Soooo glad that Gingy got to try bûche de Noël...and that you did too, of course! Was it super yummy? I made one for the first time this year and it was so rich that no one was able to have seconds.

    1. It was super rich!! We all had a slice with some vanilla ice cream. No one had seconds. I bet your home-made one was scrumptios! Happy New Year to you and Mike!!