On Friday in Nice, Ryan and I ate the hostel breakfast supplemented with our truffle brie, foie gras pâté, ripe tomatoes, peaches, and cep sausage. We checked out and went to pick up our rental car from the train station. At the station, we saw more armed soldiers and security patrolling the station, as well as a poster explaining what to do in case of a terror attack (run away, tell others, barricade doors, hide).
We picked up our brand new blue Renault Megara that had quite a few dents in the door. I can see how it got banged up so quickly: the streets, alleys, and parking garages are all super narrow! It was also one of those crazy keyless cars, and even after a whole day of driving, I wasn’t used to it.
These pumpkin spice muffins are flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, and are studded with raisins and walnut pieces. The craggy tops hide a soft and flavourful crumb which tastes just like Thanksgiving. Serve these with a cup of cold milk or a mug of tea on a blustery fall day.
Ryan made a delicious pumpkin pie for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, but the pie recipe only used 2 cups of canned pumpkin pie, leaving 1 1/3 cups left in the can. We obviously didn’t want to throw it away, so we made these delicious walnut raisin pumpkin spice muffins!
After a day of travel (flying from Manchester to Nice via Dublin…with several delays) we got into Nice at 10pm.
Day Zero in Nice
Ryan and I took a bus from the airport into the city. Our hostel have us directions and told us which bus to take, but that bus stopped running at 9pm. After missing our stop and backtracking a bit on foot, we arrived at our hostel, where we have a private room, an ensuite bathroom, and a Juliet balcony overlooking Rue Thiers. It was late so we just went right to sleep.
My leather obsession continues with these leather key covers. I wanted to customize our house and apartment keys for future house guests (though our apartment is still too small at the moment but I can dream). I refreshed my embroidery skills by labeling the house key with an ¨H¨and the apartment one with an ¨A.¨ Simple and obvious, even late at night after a few too many glasses of wine.
Ryan and I flew to Manchester in mid-July. His sister was graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University and we were invited to her convocation. Of course we said yes, especially since I’ll take any excuse to travel!