Easter comes and goes leaving a good amount of chocolate in its wake. All the zii (which means aunts and uncles) have gone back home, leaving us to enjoy a week with Grandma Angie. We do what we never have a chance to do: we play tourists for the day. We go to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St. Jean Cap Ferrat, built by Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1905.
One of the most beautiful villa’s in the area with a breathtaking views of the coastline from almost every angle of the property. For those of you who don’t know the French Riviera well, St. Jean Cap Ferrat is known for the glamorous crowd including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who recently spent an entire summer in the gigantic villa of Paul Allen (ahem see: founder Microsoft).
We don’t see Angelina, or Brad for that matter, but we do spend 2 full hours in the Gardens where, to my children’s delight, we watch as the fountains spray high up in the air synchronized to the sweet sounds of Vivaldi, leaving both my 3 and 6-year-old in awe.
We take a break amongst our sight-seeing to sit in the garden of the tea room where we share a piece of chocolate cake and lemon meringue pie. My 3-year-old son with his cheeks full of cake says ‘mommy, qui è bello..davverissimo’ and it’s funny because I was thinking the same thing: here it’s beautiful, really and truly.