My French Map Will No Longer Show A Wonderful Place…

When Bonaparte and I visited the Cote d’Azur this summer, we had the greatest meal in the most adorable restaurant on the needle of L’Aiguille.  A thin, long but small beach in Theoule-sur-Mer.   It took a while for us to find the place, but when we did, it was nirvana.  All we did was talk about how great it’ll be to return next summer.L'Aiguille. A fine restaurant we will be returning to.

This was the menu from the restaurant.  We had plans to visit next summer. I’m glad I have my photos and memories!

Then, I found out the restaurant was in danger of being demolished due to some French politics that I’m not going to get into.  We signed petitions.  I, as well as many others I’m sure,  wrote to Nice-Matin, a local newspaper about the plight of this restaurant and the family who owns it.

FB Page for L Aiguille

The petition from Petitions.24 had so many signatures–internationally.

The newspaper published articles.  One of the TV stations showed up.  I even devoted a blog post about this.

Mais jai Une Cause. An Effort to Save a Little Gem of a Restaurant

Even with the support of so many people and the media, the demolition was carried forth.

Demolition of Restaurant L’Aiguille  Here’s a little clip for you to see. It’s really sad to watch.

L'Aiguille. Another beautiful evening view

How could the powers-that-be get rid of a restaurant with a view like this? 

Restaurant L’Aiguille, may not be on the map anymore. But, in my mental map of memories, I will never ever forget the most wonderful meal I’ve ever had in my life. I will never remember that little beachfront in France.  Bonaparte and I are happy that we were fortunate enough to have had that meal at this little restaurant.

map detail

My map will be different these days. But I’ve got memories–and great ones!

I wish Cedric and his family the best of luck and many successes in all they do!


It’s the end of a long run for the restaurant, but I wish every success to Cedric and his family. Every. Best. Success!

The only song I could think of right now is Charles Trenet’s “La Mer” Obviously.

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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26 Responses to My French Map Will No Longer Show A Wonderful Place…

  1. Oh no !! So the restaurant is finally closing ? What a pity !

  2. spearfruit says:

    So sad when politics gets involved in these types of establishments. It reminds me of the states with eminent domain – the taking of other’s personal property for public use is not always a good idea. Thanks for another great post. 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Spear. The weird thing is that the restaurant, which has been there for 25 years, is going to be replaced with a snack bar! Does this make sense? Apparently, the government had “issues” with the restaurant being so close to the water. Something is not right. Glad you enjoyed this out-of-character post from me! XOXOXO!

  3. jabrush1213 says:

    It is sad when politics get involved to destroy something that has meaning.

  4. That post about the restaurant was the first one I read on your site. I feel sad too!

    • Catherine says:

      It”s sad to revisit that post too–isn’t it? I’m glad we have great memories though. I just feel for the owners. It’s horrible to having something you worked so hard to build gets destroyed in a matter of moments….XOXO!

  5. artseafartsea says:

    Interesting post. Politics always does interfere in everything. Sorry about the restaurant.

  6. cyndilenz says:

    sad for the restaurant. beautiful blog post.

  7. That’s terrible! Will the restaurant owner try to find a new location? Or is that the end?

  8. izabolinha says:

    The same happens over here!And it is so sad!
    I wish Cedric and his family can start somewhere else and be even more successful and happier in the new place.
    Like Cathy I think the post about this was the first one I read from you.

    • Catherine says:

      I hope they can start anew as well. Wow. This post is being back more memories than I thought. It’s nice though. I think this gives people food for thought in that nothing remains the same forever! XOXOXO!

  9. calensariel says:

    That would be like watching one of your children be killed! I felt horribly like that when they closed our retreat house up on the mountain. It was like the place I’ve been the happiest in the world. Sad story, Catherine.

  10. What a shame! Sometimes, people and their dreams simply get sacrificed under the bus of local politics.

  11. That is sad, why would they want to demolish a restaurant!? What politics is that???

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