Hi I'm Carol Gillott, My Mom taught me watercolors at 5 and I'm still at it. Now I live on l'Ile Saint-Louis by the Seine. Do consider subscribing to my Paris letters and maps on Etsy. Enjoy a taste of Paris in your mailbox every month. Savor with hot chocolate and a croissant. I paint Paris dreams.
Two weeks ago on my last day in Cannes, I went to Ventimiglia, Italy for the weekly Friday market. Nothing like a piccolo taste of Italia before heading back to Paris same afternoon.
And the colors! The trip took 2 hours on the shuttle train from Cannes (13€ A/R).
First stop the covered market. Many small producers with their farm-grown products.
One seller had a bowl of eggs 50 centimes each. Course there were bigger specialty vender; butcher shops, hazelnut sellers,etc.
Temptation took me in the epicerie, La Bottega dell Olio (box #12). So many anchovies.
CHEESE. Lordie. I asked the French woman ahead of me if she was stocking up for a soirée? Non,non, just the weekly haul of Gorgonzola, Locatelli, Prada Padana, etc. She lived in MENTON, a mere 20-minute train ride away lucky duck.
Limoni. Sorry, but US perfect egg-shaped citrus are not lemons. Why take away the bumps? We can handle it.
This pile of limoni is right out of 17th century painting by BartolomeoBimbi.
Further end of the street await the outdoor venders with clothing etc. the white lacy shorts and tops you see Cannoise wearing can be bought here for 14€ (before bargaining).
Gelato is waiting every few steps in Ventimiglia. This is Italy.
My haul including red-stripped zipper bag (5€)to carry stuff home. A kilo of 10-month aged Grana Padana cost 10,99€ !!Not shown: a slice of ricotta cheese cake from same formagio. Small pizza, 2-dips of noisette/cafe gelato, a bowl of sliced watermelon. 2 hours is enough to do Ventimiglia. The train ride back took longer. Plus on the same day the 5 1/2 hours on the non-stop Grand Vitesse TGV back to Paris = about 10+ hrs non-stop sitting. Upshot? Last Friday I was hit with sciatica. The same day I got mild food poisoning (I lost 8 pounds in 4 days..since all returned). And because things come in 3s, my French bank called. They were canceling my credit card. Suspicious online fraud activity; 5€ for car service and 10€ for bike rental. How does my bank know I don't rent bikes or hire cars? They know me better than I do 😳 This is why I've been rather quiet of late. Don't worry. I'm drawing 🎨 standing up and on the mend. PLEASE do not email me. Put any comments on the blog svp 🙏🏻 Still Ventimiglia was worth it...almost. Stay COOL PBers.TMI.Thanks for reading Parisbreakfasts. Feel free to share. If you'd like a personalized cat 😺 watercolor or Paris letters let me know🥂🍾🍒. Love❤️ from Carolg in Paris