Eat local: Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, Côte d’Azur , France

Plage de Villefranche-sur-Mer (the beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer), Côte d’Azur, France

Plage de Villefranche-sur-Mer (the beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer), Côte d’Azur, France

 

From Nice we drove with some friends along the Côte d’Azur — known in English as the French Riviera, located on the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France — coast towards the east around the Cap de Nice and Parc du Mont Boron, past the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer and headed down the peninsula of Cap-Ferrat (past the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) to the tip of the peninsular to our first destination: the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (since our previous stay a number of years ago, it has become part of the Four Seasons hotel group).  We had the opportunity to talk a leisurely stroll around the extensive gardens and coastline before returning to the Veranda for a delicious and relaxing luncheon on the patio overlooking the gardens and coastline.  The kitchen is part of the hotel’s MICHELIN one-star restaurant, once again serving forth delectable fresh, local cuisine.  As a few friends have observed, one can get totally spoiled eating along the Côte d’Azur…

After lunch we then took the multi-kilometer walk – working off just a few of the calories from our repast — along the coastal path back up to the town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat which we explored on foot (with a lot of window shopping) before driving back to the ship in the port of Nice.  Note that had we driven just a few miles further east, we would have crossed the French border into Monte Carlo, Monaco.

 

The town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Côte d’Azur, France

The town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Côte d’Azur, France

 

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (a Four Seasons hotel), Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat (a Four Seasons hotel), Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

 

An appetizer of fresh local burrata cheese and local tomatoes with a beautiful local rose wine at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

An appetizer of fresh local burrata cheese and local tomatoes with a beautiful local rose wine at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

 

Soup de Poisson with rouille, croutons and cheese at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

Soup de Poisson with rouille, croutons and cheese at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

 

Fresh shrimp with grilled local vegetables at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

Fresh shrimp with grilled local vegetables at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

 

Pan sautéed fresh local sea bass with vegetables and broth at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

Pan sautéed fresh local sea bass with vegetables and broth at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

 

Creamy lobster risotto with shaved Parmesan cheese at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

Creamy lobster risotto with shaved Parmesan cheese at the Veranda at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Cap-Ferrat, France

 

The harbor of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, with the hills of the Côte d’Azur in the background

The harbor of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, with the hills of the Côte d’Azur in the background

 

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