It’s a special fathers day this year, because we’ve got three generations of Ferguson’s in the house! Pop Jeffrey arrived from New Zealand yesterday (by way of his visit up to the UK), and in Liam’s own words, ‘he was very excited to see him’!
He arrived late afternoon yesterday, so we enjoyed a relaxed dinner at home before taking Pop Jeffrey on a late night tour of the very bustly old town, ice cream, and then dropped him off at his hotel for the night.
It was a full day today — a quick breakfast at our place, and then we hopped in the car to Monaco to show Pop Jeffrey some sights. Killing two birds with one stone, Pop Jeffrey accompanied mum for a drive of a client’s car (the battery needed charging) and we drove the Grand Prix track in Monaco… in a very swish Mercedes SLS. I’m pretty sure Pop Jeffrey was impressed by both the sights and the horsepower!
Afterwards we headed up to Casino square for a cup of coffee and some ‘car spotting’ because there is an endless parade of luxury cars and supercars driving through the square. It’s a place to ‘see and be seen.’ Liam was, as ever, impressive with his ability to recognise pretty much every car that passed us.
We took a walk through the Casino area, down to Larvotto beach, where mum treated the ‘dads’ to a Fathers Day lunch at Note Bleu: Pop Jeffrey is an ovo-vegetarian, so finding a place that offers anything resembling vegetarian food is difficult in France! But Note Bleu had a couple of tofu/vegetarian menu options, and I think Pop Jeffrey really enjoyed is vegetarian risotto! Liam had a nice seared salmon, daddy had scallops St Jacques and risotto, and mumma enjoyed a platter of calamari and chorizo with grilled aubergine. It was a GREAT lunch.
After lunch we headed back to the car, as Liam was starting to feel quite tired (and his mood was starting to reflect it). But he did perk up again a bit later, and we stopped at Eze Village on the way back home.
Eze Village is a medieval hilltop village , perched on a narrow peak halfway between Monaco and Nice, overlooking the sea. It’s perfectly restored, and charming despite an overwhelming amount of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Famous for the Chevre D’Or restaurant (a common place for the rich and famous to dine locally, booked weeks or months in advance), Eze is a don’t-miss spot to visit. The only problem with the village is that it is up, up, up and nothing but stairs! Liam did admirably well and walked to the top of the village under his own steam — and enjoyed a good playtime at the top of the Jardin Exotique, at the very summit of the village. The views were grand despite the fact that we were mostly in the cloud today…
We took the high road home, and all had a bit of a relax (and played racing cars) back at the flat, ate a ‘light dinner’, and chilled out until it was time to call it a night.
A really good fathers day (to two fellas who actually don’t celebrate fathers day).
Looking forward to the next three days with Pop Jeffrey, even though we have to work our outings around work.
The Ferguson boys at Cafe de Paris in Casino Square, Monaco. Watching the luxury cars drive by....
A bit of a stroll through the Casino complex, on our way to the beach for lunch.
The Ferguson fellas!
A stroll through the Japanese gardens in Monaco, close to the beach. We saw giant Koi fish and baby ducklings!
Someone is looking pretty tired as we stopped for lunch.
Views over Eze Village toward St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Imagine this on a truly clear day!