|Villefranche Sur Mer, Cote d'Azur|
When the sun shines around here for the first truly warm days of
Winter ( March 2 was 19C, 66.2F ), it changes everyone.
Young people venture out in shorts, old guys smile at me sweetly, and the colors of buildings seem to vibrate..... making me joyful that the towns of the south have designated color choices...... subtle, glowing earth tones that mature nicely after seasons in the sun.
|"trompe l'oeil " shutters, cat in window and|
pigeons beside real windows. Villefranche sur Mer
|Sienna, burnt orange, terra cotta....|
what can we call these colors? Villefrance sur Mer
Yesterday I met up with my two good pals , Colette and June, both world travelers that always entice me with their stories of Bali, Singapore, The Bahamas, Laos , Vietnam etc.
We decided to meet together in Villefranche sur Mer in the one week Colette was here from Bali on her way to other people, other places, other dreams.
I used a one euro bus ticket ( card of ten) to go from my house to Villefranche sur Mer (the next town over from Nice) changing buses at the port of Nice.
What other town in the western world only charges the equivalent of a euro for a bus ride of that distance? And Villefranche is really one of the most attractive of all of our seaside villages because of its intimate size, its overall livability and its proximity to Nice.
|Shadows and alleyways , Villefranche|
|Jean Cocteau Fishermen's chapel, Villefranche|
Some wonder if I ever get tired of the hundreds of sleepy towns of France? Well... perhaps....sometimes ( mostly on a cold, rainy, grumpy day).
But on a day like yesterday with the sea "as blue as blue".... and the easy way of the natives having informal lunch on a sunny terrace above the sea...... and friends to see....
|Looking down from "moyen piste" of the village , Villefranche|
|Restaurants taking advantage of the seaside dining at Villefranche sur Mer|
|City sanitation crew member with his traditional "balai bamboo" for hand sweeping a street...Villefranche sur Mer|
|Boats: Villefranche sur Mer|
|Colette and June in the square at Villefranche sur Mer|
the answer is NO.