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Rothschild Villa

Posted on 2009/07/05 16:55:41 (July 2009).

[Thursday 2nd July]
Another trip by bus out of Nice today, this time to visit the Ephrussi de Rothschild villa and gardens. The villa is situated on the narrowest stretch of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a peninsula which juts out into the Mediterranean, about a 30 minute bus ride from the centre of Nice. It was commissioned by Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, who was clearly quite well off, and in addition to being a very interesting and unusual building in itself, in a spot with some really impressive views, it has some rather nice gardens and quite a large collection of various works of art inside. So this made for a very pleasant afternoon outing.

We headed back to Nice after that, and went to the Matisse museum. Not really my sort of thing to be honest - I really just don't "get" Matisse's work - but still I had a sense of satisfaction nonetheless at having done something a bit cultural.

We decided to eat at our apartment again this evening, and so went by way of the supermarket on the way back. Another slightly odd meal - again it's hard to cook when you know you're only going to buy food for a couple of nights, and I really wanted to have something other than pasta, having had quite a lot of that in various restaurants during the week. Anyway, whilst the actual content of the meal was hardly haute cuisine, we ate out on the balcony, with a couple of glasses of chilled cider, and it ended up being quite pleasant.

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