Sad to leave Aix-en-Provence, we look forward to our next stop, the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche, a tiny fishing village just out of Nice. Winston Churchill, Deborah Kerr, Jean Cocteau and other notables have stayed there.
My very experienced chauffeur drives the A8 again being wished Bon route, and we head for St Raphael on the coast. From here we drive the coast road through Cannes (a bloody nightmare) and we stop at Cagnes-sur-mer for lunch. Pod has a 3 course meal for 17€ which includes the largest serve of paella with prawns, mussels and a quarter of a chicken. I have Moules a la morroccan (with mint and cremefraishe) both heavenly. We share his dessert of creme caramel, accompanied by the local rose.
Tom Tom takes us through Nice and delivers us outside our hotel, It is picturesque.
We check in and head out for a walk to find a spot in the sun for Pod to enjoy a well deserved beirre or 3, so he can finally relax and take in the scenery.
Our hotel room is the room Jean Cocteau lived in while he painted the interior of the local church. On the walls and ceiling of our room he has written... Ja meme Villefranche chaque sour, je m'assiedes, seul sur le port.
La rotine c'est douce. Une etoille s'allume a droit, une autre va allumer sur St Jean. L'hotel Welcome c'est simplement charmant... Jean Cocteau * there is an angel on the ceiling and a man in the water with fish all around. It is beautiful.