Haute Côte d'Azur: La Brouette de Grand-Mère restaurant
The words 'French Riviera' always conjure up, for me, images of sunny bays and mahogany Rivas bobbing on a blue Mediterranean Sea. It's the land of perpetual summer, a land where the light has captivated artists for centuries. Specifically the Riviera is that stretch of coast from Antibes to Italy, running through Cannes, Nice and Monaco.
I was there again on a gastronomic tour with a group of Irish gourmets, our five-day mission to discover new places to eat, new wines to drink and to boldly explore what Cannes and Nice had to offer.
We were staying in Cannes, and what you need to know about Cannes is that it makes its living rather in the same way that Blackpool does - it hosts conferences. You'll have heard of the Cannes Film Festival, but as soon as its two weeks are over, in comes the mobile phone world conference, and every fortnight after that there's another. Then there's Midem, which is the conference for the music business. As a result of all of this, there's a lot Irish people going to conferences there and enjoying second homes in the area.