France, Spain · 7 Days · 67 Moments · June 2015

French Macarons

15 June 2015

AU REVOIR FRANCE! Gonna miss all the yummy crepes, macarons, and pastries here๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
So Jac and I woke up at 630am to get to Sylvaine Dupuichaffray for the last time๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข I got myself a chocolate almond cake (mont-sth), two chocolate domes, and a pistachio-chocolate crossaint๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ one almond choc cake only because they ran out of it ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

14 June 2015

And we ended the day with home-cooked risotto and creamy chicken soup which we just dumped into the rice and added shrimps, mushrooms and cheese ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Went back to La Crepe Au Carre for yummy crepes! We got 3 savoury crepes this time: 1. Chicken and ratatouille 2. Smoked salmon with cream and dill 3. Beefburger and roquefort sauce (mix of cheese) ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
Marseille on a sunny sunday! Surprisingly happening on a weekend๐Ÿ˜ฑ
And we shared some lavender and violette cookies from the market! It has a nice tinge of flower smell๐Ÿ˜‹
Got gelato today at Giovanni! Panna cotta caramel and banana flavours๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
Aix-en-Provence Part 1! This is where lavender products can be found and near to lavender fields i think! Too bad lavenders are not in season yet๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ญ
Aix-en-Provence part 2!
Travel buddies in Aix-en-Provence! The guy that took this photo for us is a good photographer!
My shopping loot for the day! I got three bar soaps๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ chocolate, figues, and olive; lavender honey, and a nautical bracelet๐Ÿ˜
KAMBLYYYYY๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ declaring this my favourite brand after trying pseculoos, hit biscuits, and chips๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ most of the flavours have almonds in them๐Ÿ˜‹

13 June 2015

And we met this lovely couple who offered to drive us to Port Cassis which is a tad far away from Port Miou! In their cute Brazil jeep which was a great experience in the Calanques! Super thankful to have asked them for directions otherwise we would not have known how to visit the Calanques by boat๐Ÿ˜…
THIS IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE SO FAR. From Sylvaine Dupuichaffray๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ sounds like our clique name. It's a chocolate almond cake and I love it soo much๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ so i bought two cakes and three macarons - chocolate, coffee, caramel - need my 3Cs๐Ÿ˜‚
Centre-ville of CASSIS! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
GELATOOO at Amorinos! SO GOOD. I ordered all sorbets - strawberry, mango, and frozen yoghurt and it came in a flower petal shape so cute!
LES CALANQUES! We took the 5 calanques tour which lasted for 1hour and we got to see three ports + the calanques itself. Sadly more than half the time I was seasick and nauseous๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ
Port Cassis from the ferry to Calanques
Bought this coffee eclair for lunch which turned out SUPER GOOD. It is very heavy and dense๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚; has a lot of coffee cream inside and chewy/crunchy pastry! And the cream tasted like melted coffee ice cream๐Ÿ˜Š the top is a cold coffee icing๐Ÿ˜‹
Port Miou Part 3. Apparently we are not supposed to go to Port Miou but Port of Cassis๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… nevermind, we got to explore a side of Calanques๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Port Miou Part 2
Trekking to Port Miou, Cassis
Woke up at 530am to catch the train to Cassis so that we can visit the Calanques! And check out our matching dress codes with swimsuits inside๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

12 June 2015

Dinner: soup + salmon and spinach lasagna๐Ÿ˜‚
Macarons from Sylvaine Dupuichaffray๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ sounds like puichais. The macarons were so good omg. I got 3x chocolate, coffee, caramel, and rose!
Vantage point and Vieux Port!
Cathedral de la Major
Manolo for coffee and teabreak! I ordered a Caffe con Hielo (which means iced coffee) and it was quite bitter๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… we also shared a tapas, hummus with bread which was yums!
Then we continued exploring Marseille and tried to find places we could chill and have some coffee๐Ÿ˜‚
La Crepe Au Carre for brunch! The crepes we had in France were all ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ we each got a choice to choose our preferred crepe and guess which of the 4 I got! 1. Speculoos cream, Speculoos cookies, and Speculoos ice cream 2. Pear liquor, pear sorbet, with chocolate 3. Crabmeat, avocado, mushrooms and cream 4. Goat cheese, emmental cheese, honey and toasted almonds - i got the crabmeat one๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ cos it sounded unique! Everything was yummy except that goat cheese had a very bad smell๐Ÿ˜…
We did a quick exploration around Vieux Port while waiting for our brunch place to be open๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ as you can see the dark clouds are rolling in ๐Ÿ˜ญ

11 June 2015

We have safely reached Marseille! This place is super dangerous and scared the crap out of us when we first arrived. The outside of the accomm is super run down and creepy, but the inside is amazingly comfortable and well-equipped๐Ÿ˜‚ pleasant surprise!
And now we are on our way to Marseille via train! Last train in Europe, the rest are flightsโœˆ๏ธ Got myself a KFC burger for โ‚ฌ2 as dinner. This concludes my food trail for today๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Then we had 5hours before our train to Marseille so we went to Cafe du Marc at Old Town to have some drinks! I got myself a Mango-Banana smoothie which was fruity and yummy!
AND THEN CHOCOLATE DOME FROM LAC CHOCOLATIER. This is super awesome, the best chocolate tart I have ever had. Chocolate mouse, praline, white chocolate mousse, drizzled with dark chocolate coating on a chocolate based tart OMGโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ
And then gelato at Azzuro. I think I'm gaining all the weight I lost in Greece and Italy๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
Found this creperie called Pop-O-Thym from Tripadvisor and shared three plates of crepes! 1. La Vafastake: marinated chicken, cheese, mushrooms, white wine sauce 2. La Croqueuse: pseculoos butter, banana, white chocolate 3. Felicella: coffee ice cream, pseculoos, nutella, white chocolate, irish cream THEY WERE ALL SOOOO GOOD!!! We finished in less than 10mins๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
And there's this man playing fetch with his dog at the mini waterfall!
This morning we went to Le Chateau (Castle Hill/ Park) for a vantage point of Nice! It was about 214 steps to get to the top, with a beautiful view of Nice Port and Nice Old Town! There are three panorama points๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ it also has a park with playground and there were people doing Wushu and Taichi๐Ÿ˜‚

10 June 2015

We succumbed to mussels and decided to eat out! We (ate at Crocher) ordered a Le Crocher (white wine, mushrooms, onions, cream sauce, bacons, and mussels), Catalane (white wine, peppers, onions,mushrooms, mussels), and a Lasagna๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ SO YUMMY!! Especially the Crocher mussels we just kept drinking the sauce๐Ÿ˜‚ Nice restaurant found here in Nice which serve nice food and has nice service!
SUPER GOOD GELATO in Monte Carlo! Got a Caffe oneโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ it's super smooth and good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ It is a nice find near Nice๐Ÿ˜‚
Monte Carlo, Monaco! A whole different country very near to Nice! But I think it's not as nice as Nice๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Took a 40-50min bus ride to Monaco, Monte Carlo! The bus ride had a wonderful view of the beaches around Cote d'Azur๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Perre Hermes Macarons๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ โ‚ฌ2.10 for 1 OMG but so worth it cos it was the best by far. I got the rose flavoured and I think it's AWESOMEEE!
Spinach quiche! It was horrid๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ i like spinach and cheese but the spinach was RAW and BOILED and it tasted so green we can't take it๐Ÿ˜ช
Chocolat crepe๐Ÿ˜‹
ROSE GRANITA from Fennochio! Cheap and awesome for a hot and sunny day!
I bought a sunflower honey spread at the morning market out of curiousity๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
We visited the market this morning, which is just below our accomm! They sell a lot of fruits and vegetables, flowers, cooked food, food products like honey and jam, and paintings, etc.
MACARON happiness! I got a Tiramisu flavoured one๐Ÿ˜‹
Ordered a Socca from Chez Theresa, which is supposedly best in Nice! I liked it but the rest said it's not their type of food๐Ÿ˜‚ Socca is chickpea pancake

9 June 2015

Nightlife part two!
We decided to head out at night because it was rare that we get to live in a prime location where tourist areas are just below our apartment! Walked around a bit and also visited and chilled at the beach!
Some of the decorations in the house๐Ÿ˜Š
We shared five scoops of ice cream! Irish coffee, mojito, baileys, violet, and steculos๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
Streets of Niceโ˜บ๏ธ
We also went on a macaron hunt!! Had macarons at 3 shops and tried 12 flavours in total: 1. Vanilla 2. Caffe 3. Coconut and chocolate 4. Framboise 5. Cactus 6. Figues 7. Rose 8. Violet 9. Chocolate ben tre 10. Yoghurt 11. Banana chocolate 12. Pistachio
I thought this potato chip bag is super cute๐Ÿ˜‚
This is a series of epic shots๐Ÿ˜‚ - they pointed out that I had a hole in my fringe๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ - Deli and I being retarded as usual making a fool of ourselves walking up and down the street๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
And a continuation of the Promenade. Mostly tourists here and nude people๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ A friendly old man came and talked to us and introduced us some nice places to eat in Nice so it will be added to our food trying list๐Ÿ˜‚
We also visited Promenade de Anglais which had BLUE SEA๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ and it was pretty clear and relaxing
Sightseeing in Nice! Everything is so nice in Nice!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
And then we had crepes! We got a home-made melted dark chocolate with cameralised pecans and a caramel cream with lightly salted butter and almonds. SO GOOOOOOD!!! Two to share is really not enough๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
WE ATE KFC FOR LUNCH because Jac kept saying Europe's KFC DAMN NICE and VERY DIFFERENT from Singapore's๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ so we ordered a bucket which costs โ‚ฌ17 and has 8 tenders and 8 hot wings. All I can say is it's really different and much juicier, but I still prefer the taste of Singapore's๐Ÿ˜Š
APARTMENT IN NICE! Our most petite and cutesy apartment thus far! With awesome location, just inside Nice Old Town!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘