NICE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Nice was very nice indeed! With four other friends, I traveled via BlahBlahCar 
Grenoble-->Nice for a beach vacation! The Cote d'Azur blew me away. Nice features the best of both worlds with the sea and the mountains! The city itself is made up of a multitude of colorful buildings that looks a little crowded but is charming nonethless. The beaches may consist of rocks and pebbles instead of soft sand, but the aquamarine blue water and sunny weather makes up for it. I even got to visit Monaco which I've always dreamed of seeing. All in all, this trip to the southern tip of France exceeded my expectations and I'm still reminiscing...

Our road trip there was unlike any other. Our driver was named Laura and she was a very friendly, accomodating, and talkative lady who shared with us some funny (and interesting) stories. One having to do with her dog (also in the car) who had apparently killed sheep and there was a whole dispute with a farmer... Anyways, she was a character and the expected 5 and a half hour long trip took about 8. But it was all worth it with absolutely gorgeous views of the French alps and countryside out my window. For me it was constant photo snapping while listening to Laura talk away. We also stopped in this picturesque little village for a quick bite at a Boulangerie where I devoured a quiche that tasted like French onion soup inside (may sound weird but it was delicious) and of course a croissant too. She even bought us a coffee since she had been running late earlier. It was an afternoon to remember, but we finally arrived in Nice!



The best part about traveling with others is splitting the cost to live somewhat luxuriously in an Air B&B! Our Nice apartment had pretty views outside, authentic French shutters, and a cosy feel of home. There was a small kitchen and a TV. It was just perfect! 




I loved walking around Nice exploring the old town, strolling by the water, and through the Saturday market. It was beautiful and oh so French. 

Flowers in the strawberries at the local market!
Our day trip to Monaco was unforgettable. Ever since I did a project on Monaco in my French class freshman year of high school, I've always wanted to visit. It's one of the smallest and most expensive countries in the world with a royal family and fancy cars to match the citizens lavish lifestyles. In order to experience just how luxurious and over the top it is, you have to go and see for yourself. I loved walking by the famous Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo Casino, and yacht harbor featuring fancy beach cabanas. Plus, everywhere you look you'll easily spot a Ferari, Lambourghini, or Bentley. I'm not a huge car person but I was amazed nonetheless. We stopped for lunch on the pier surrounded by yachts gazing at the beauty around us. Later in the day I also finally got to see the royal palace of the Rainier family. It was an elegant place and featured the most spectacular views of Monaco. We ended our time in Monaco at a beach, as this trip was meant for relaxing and soaking up the sun!


Panoramic view of Monaco!



Our last full day in Nice was Easter Sunday where I attended mass at the most glorious cathedral in old town decked in white and yellow flowers. The service was in both French and Latin which made it extra confusing, but the songs were joyful, I found time for prayer, and I practiced my French in the pamphlet as church went along. It was truly so special being where I was for one of my favorite holiday's. 



Easter afternoon was spent finding a sandy beach which took much longer than expected but was worth every minute. We ventured through affluent neighborhoods on the coast and walked on a path next to the sea. The water was cold but I sunbathed and relished under the sun amidst perfect views until sunset. A perfect end to the night was hanging out with my friends, getting dinner, and satisyfing our sweet tooths with the BEST ice cream ever which featured so many fun flavors! 



All in all, Nice and Monaco were wonderful and I had an excellent last vacation before heading home in 10 days. What makes a trip of course are the people you spend it with and I loved the accompaniment of my four crazy friends Isabel, James, Andreas, and Alex. We had a bunch of fun together and I think all of us will cherish our shared memories forever! I sure didn't want to leave the warm weather and the beach, but the mountains were calling and sweet home Grenoble was waiting :)



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