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Nice, France

con mi Mamá

When I think of Nice, or when I used to think of Nice, I used to think oooo la la and raise a pinky in the air for the ritziness I'd expect of the area and there is a lot of that I suppose, but it wasn't the overall feel of the place. I had these illusions that I would be knocked down from the beauty, but really it was not as impressive as I would have thought. The beaches are stone and it's steep to get into the ocean blue, however the water was perfect and beautiful. As I was a tourist, I was there during high tourist season so there were people EVERYWHERE. The best part of my time in Nice was when I went "canyoning" which I didn't get any pictures of because at the time I didn't have a camera that was water proof. The trip was mostly jumping off of tall boulders into the water, but the view of the sky and cliffs around me was beautiful, it reminded me of Arizona or New Mexico, but with more olive trees. Also, the pizza I had in Nice was the best pizza I have ever eaten - in the Mediterranean they know what's up with their pizza. Overall it was a lovely time, but you must go with some money because the French Riviera does not come cheap! Maybe the town would have been better for me if I'd have known a local to show me around to places that I'd like, but overall I felt like I was getting all the icing off a cake without a really good cake to bite into. A beautiful city certainly, but it just didn't have the depth of a city I felt I could enjoy for an extended period of time. San Sebastian is full of wealth in Spain, but the atmosphere is much more fun, and dare I say the food was better (except for that amazing pizza!).
Okay enough of my rambling and onto some photos!

We stayed at Villa St Exupery Gardens and I took pictures of some of the doors with the "The Little Prince" theme because I've read the book and sometimes my significant other and I read parts of the Spanish version to help me with my Spanish.
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This hostel is about 20 minutes away by train and it's pretty easy to get to. They have a closer location to the beach and directly in town, but it is a bit more expensive. I didn't think staying 20 minutes away was a big deal, but I also wasn't out partying past when the trains stop....

Out into Nice!
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The only pictures I got from going canyoning are of us getting in our gear to deal with the cold water. I was glad to be wrapped up in this gear, however I felt a bit silly when we made it to the end of our canyon trip and there were many locals jumping off rocks in basic swim suits and no helmets. Tourism and liability = gots to wear the gear.
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Back in town I met up with my mom and we went out around town again. Here we caught a game of Sand ball...I have never heard of this game, but here was a tournament going on and it was pretty entertaining.
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This is some church we went in to that was incredibly ornate. It reminded me of some Spanish churches I have visited.
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Walking back to catch our ride to the hostel
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Final day in Nice
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Mom and I split this giant thing of ice cream and it was amazing!
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Last leg of the trip is next and that is in Amsterdam!

Posted by PlanetMEP 10.01.2012 23:43 Archived in France Tagged ocean beach nice mediterranean

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