Mary's Visit to France 2007

In June 2007 my cousin Mary Raffetto came to visit for two weeks. We're close like good sisters and it was so, so much fun having her visit! I've put together a photo scrapbook of the photos we both took that highlight her visit. What's great is that you will see places a stone's throw from our house in Biot.



The tone for Mary's visit was set her first day when we went to "Vieux Nice" to the Cours Salaya for lunch, coffee beans (surprisingly very hard to find in France), flower and spice shopping, a nice walk up to the Chateau for panoramic views of the Port.


Shopping in Cannes. Shopping focus was on clothes, shoes and purses made by local or European designers. We shopped our way along the Croisette down to the harbor stopping for picture with the yachts.

Nice, Villefranche sur Mer, Cap Ferrat

I hired a driver to take us to some of the most spectacular sea views and gardens in the world. Right up there with Pebble Beach but with weather more like Santa Barbara or San Diego.


Mary loves anything glittery. She loved Monaco and the excitement was high at our arrival at the Hotel Hermitage. Close to prime shopping we took off in search of something glittery.

St. Remy & Gordes

We headed off at 10 am in the morning and by 12:30 pm we were in St Remy in Provence at the weekly market. Unfortunately merchants were packing up quickly for lunch so we only able to procure Marseille soaps and yummy local tapenades and admire colorful baskets and local sausage displays featuring "sausage de taureau" or bull sausage.

Rousillion & Gordes

Our next stops were Roussillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse and Isle Sur la Sorgue; places that I visited as an art student over 20 years ago which left me with an indelible impression of their natural beauty.


Back in Biot we went up to wander the streets of the medieval village and shop for gifts. John even joined us one day in the square. We also relaxed at the house while Mary perfected her Cherry Almond Tart recipe in our newly renovated kitchen.

Mary's Visit 2007 - Nice - Cannes - Cap Ferrat - Monaco - St. Remy - Rousillion - Biot - Coker Family Home