Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ventimiglia, Italy

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 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 
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


  1. Take care!!
    I know Hélène in Cannes often hps over to Italy.
    I did go..andI found the markets in Umbria and Tuscany not at all like those in Provence.Fun..but even our tavel companions at te time(Italian),said don't expect Provence in Italy.The markets they meant:).

    1. Ha ha Italy is not Provence !
      And Provence does not have Parmesan or Parma or anchovies
      Apples and oranges.
      Why ever expect another place to be similar.
      The Italians are more relaxed, comical even. Of course they are.
      They are Not French !!
      When you travel lose your expectations SVP ❤️

  2. Dear Carol, I hope your sciatica is much better by now- I know your pain & it's no fun. I love gelato so much I wanted to dive into your picture and the lemons make me think of Limoncello..

    1. Much Thanks Suki
      I have to keep walking. And there is a pool with intense massage jets I go to when I can. It blasts the pain away fabulously.this is nothing like the 2011 Sciatica fortunately. But one must remain vigilant. Do exercises, walk bla bla or it will recur. There are a lot worse things.
      Now I will go walk to get some ice cream ;))

    2. PS the epicerie lady was giving out plenty of free samples of Limoncello.
      Naturally I got drunk on a teaspoon of it...

    3. Our first experience with limoncello was in Milan when the restaurant gave it to us after dinner. We had a little difficulty finding our way back to our hotel.

  3. Li Chang12:59 PM

    Love the looks of your haul!
    A delicious side trip.

  4. Barbara B1:00 PM

    I could really use the portable fan here in AZ!

  5. Nicky1:02 PM

    The dog on the train staring at the 'Picasso' woman reading is a classic shot ����

    1. Picasso forgot to paint that one ;))

  6. No wait actually he did of Olga reading...

  7. Great story. My daughter, granddaughter,
    And I are flying to Italy for two weeks today!

  8. You are such an adventuress...heading into Italy for a market...on a travel-to-Paris-day, no less!

  9. Michael Westra3:02 AM


    To be on the road from Menton,
    Driving East past the French frontier,
    Down the coast past Ventimiglia,
    T'is a route I hold most dear.

    Yes, Menton and Ventimiglia,
    I still can hear the call
    From the land of Julius Caesar
    To the tripart land of Gaul.

    The memory of that first drive
    Resides with me to this day.
    I made the trip with a young girl,
    It was Spring, the month was May.

    Monte Carlo lay behind us,
    Liguria loomed before,
    On our left rose the Alpen mountains,
    To our right gleamed the azure shore.

    The fragrance of that morning's breeze,
    Lavender, salt and sea,
    And the rush of wind through my open car
    Cast a siren's spell on me.

  10. Bonnie10:43 AM

    You showed remarkable restraint in the “haul” you brought home.

    Everything looked so wonderfully irresistible!
    Can’t get enough of your adventures

  11. That gelato is to die for! Thanks for that shot!

  12. I hope the food poisoning didn't come from the gelato, that would be most disappointing. Next time, on a long train ride, get up and move around every hour or so. I think they let you do that on trains. :-)

  13. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Dearest ��Carol��
    Hopefully you're feeling much better?
    And...who made the diagnosis for your back problem? Cantinflas himself?
    The last thing I knew about healing from sciatica was to rest in bed for a few days and putting heat in the affected area. At least that's what the especialists at the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière told my poor suffering French brother in law. Walking and standing up, indeed!!



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