Posts Tagged ‘France’

Nice was more fun than I expected. I stayed there for two nights, in a hostel, so I managed to stay out pretty late with some people I met there the second night. The first night was a late night simply because we didn’t arrive until about 1 a.m. After the major fail with BluExpress in Rome, they had some sort of problem once we arrived in Nice that caused us to wait almost an hour for our luggage to come off the plane.  I spent my one full day in Nice eating two amazing meals, enjoying the unbelievable sorbet not once but twice, browsing at the open-air flower and produce market, and visiting the Chagall museum. Nice was gorgeous, though it was cloudy that day so the photos aren’t too spectacular. I heard about so many amazing things to do that are very close to Nice, and it would definitely make a great place to spend a week because it is a good base for day trips. The old city is really lively and absolutely charming. And it was great to be back in a country where I can speak the local language!

The market was quite crowded for a Sunday morning, and I was happy to find most places were open on Sunday--Paris is quite the opposite.

The beach, on the other hand, was not crowded at all on a cool and cloudy day.

I think this might be a statue of Neptune.

One of my favorite experiences in Nice was the Chagall museum. I prefer more modern and contemporary art generally, especially because when viewing art in Europe I find that I get “Jesus art” fatigue pretty quickly. It was really cool to see art from a Jewish perspective that is also beautiful in addition. There were many paintings in the museum that I had never seen before, and I was really impressed with the collection. Out of respect for the other patrons (which I can assure was not reciprocate AT ALL), I refrained from taking photos inside the museum. I did capture this one photo of a mosaic wall on the exterior.

A mosaic fountain at the Chagall museum.

This beautiful church was located in my favorite square in the old city.

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It’s time for me to say goodbye to Europe and hello to the United States. I’m sitting in the Marseille airport waiting to board a flight to Amsterdam where I have a layover before heading to Atlanta. I haven’t been able to upload photos from my camera to my computer since I got to Albania (and I couldn’t find an electronics store that sold the right equipment), so I have tons of posts just waiting for their photos. (My iPhone photos just aren’t good enough to go ahead and post everything.) There’s a lot more of my trip you will see soon. In Albania, I will post about my visits to Kruja, Durres, and the breathtaking southern beaches and Llogora Pass. After that, there’s my stay in Polignano a Mare in the Puglia region of Italy, a surprise afternoon visit to Rome, as well as four days in Nice and Avignon in France. Until then, I have to share my favorite photo of the whole trip, which I took this past Sunday in the old city area of Nice:

I saw this guy in Nice. His cat calmly sat on top his backpack while he conversed with this couple (who had their dog on top of their table), and then he hopped on his scooter and rode off, while the cat just sat there like this was perfectly normal.

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