Every trip is different and unforgettable.|
There are trips where unexpected events occur one after the other and which are thrilling and invigorating. On the other hand, there are trips which, like the ocean in Spring, drift to and fro without haste or worry.
Cote d'Azur in Spring is the ideal place for one of these leisurely trips. Tourists and summer visitors have not yet arrived in numbers and the town is still unadorned and under preparation for its annual opening to the outside world.
The food is wonderful and the excellence of the wine goes without saying.
I stayed in a small fishing village, ten minutes away by train to the east of Nice.
I heard the sound of the sea crashing onto the shore.
My ears are ears of seashells,
This poem might have been written here, I think.
A thirty-minute ride by train takes you into Italy. You can reach Monte Carlo, Monaco, Nice, Menton, and Antibes within thirty minutes as well. In Cote d'Azur, there are many art galleries, such as those for Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Peynet, Cocteau, Dufy, Renoir, Cezanne, etc.-- too many to count.
I went to the King of Circus Carnival held at Nice and the opening of Citrus Festival at Menton. At the festivals, hundreds of parade floats decorated with mimosa and lemon (citron) travel along the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. They are simple, but cheerful and lively. The people enjoying the parade include many in disguise. The festivals, which continue for two weeks, build up and reach their height toward the end.
Mimosa, citron and the blue Mediterranean --- red wine and delicious seafood --- yes, I will be back in Cote d'Azur in early Spring.
Copyright1998 Setsuko Watanabe