Le perfect weekend

Every month the ‘How to Spend It’ magazine in the Financial Times has a feature called ‘The Perfect Weekend’. For me, last weekend would be a strong contender. I was fortunate enough to be in Nice, the sun was shining and it was relatively warm.

Strolling around the streets of the Old Town was simply delightful. It doesn’t matter how many times I go there, I always find something new – either a restaurant I’ve not noticed before or a street that seems unfamiliar – like this one, for instance.

I also never get tired of browsing around the daily markets – fruit and flowers in the Cours Saleya and a fish market at Place Francois. My favourite shop, though, has to be La Droguerie which stocks a fabulous selection of yarns, buttons, accessories and knitting patterns.

I spent hours here looking through the latest patterns, trying to increase  my knowledge of French knitting terms and taking inspiration from the many designs on display.

As usual in France, the food was a treat. Wafer-thin pizza at La Foccacia on Saturday evening and a splendid Sunday lunch of fish soup, grilled prawns and apple tart at L’Eclat du Cours. Best of all, it was warm enough to eat outside in the sunshine and that was sufficient to wipe away any trace of post-Christmas blues.