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MAR-APR 2019

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Having spent eight delightful November days under the perpetual twilight of a wintry Paris, my wife, Jen, and I were practically giddy to be hurtling southward on the TGV high-speed rail toward the sunshine and blue skies of the French Riviera. As the clouds parted, our spirits, already high, began to soar. e destination was Nice and parts proximate; our goal, to restore some vitamin D to the system, eat as much fish as our stomachs could stand and sip a few glasses of Provençale rosé in the process. We whizzed through the French countryside at 200 mph after our late-afternoon departure from the capital, so it did not take long for us to arrive at our destination, just in time to settle into our hotel for the evening. Built into the cliffs on the corniche and overlooking the Baie des Anges, Hôtel la Pérouse offers the most breathtaking sea views in the city. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this gem is located in the heart of Nice. With only 56 rooms and suites, each of which enjoys a fabulous view of the Mediterranean, Hôtel la Pérouse offers casual dining, fitness center with open-air Jacuzzi, a sunny rooftop and a dramatic heated outdoor pool set against the impressive limestone cliff. Our suite was the only one perched atop the sixth level, which necessitated taking three separate elevators, but the magnificent terrace and spectacular view made the effort entirely worthwhile. Taking our time to unpack and enjoy the view with a glass of rosé from a nearby estate, Jen and I decided to dine at the hotel's Le Patio restaurant. Situated under the lemon trees in the cool atmosphere of an exquisite Mediterranean garden, Le Patio offers relaxed Provençal lunches and dinners, with a strong emphasis on local produce. Seizing the opportunity to enjoy some fish straight from the sea, we savored Chef David Chauva's outstanding tasting menu, which included the freshest sea bass I have ever eaten and an exceptional filet that more than satisfied Jen's carnivorous inclinations. With expertly matched local wines, our dinner provided just the welcome to Provence we had been hoping for. View of the beach in Nice near the Promenade des Anglais, looking toward the castle and Hôtel la Pérouse. 87

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