As for Cannes, I was only passing through
. The film festival had actually ended just a few days prior, not like that mattered much, for the crowds would have just made it harder to cycle through. The beach at Cannes was almost three miles long, if memory serves. Apparently the thing about French sunbathing topless is true as well…sorry, no pictures. I did ride into town a little to see the place, but the hills and traffic pushed me back out. There was quite the shopping district near the beach, though. For those who like to waste their money…
I found the beach in Nice has no sand, much to my disappointment. Still, a good place for my two-pizza dinner that night. Interestingly, my two roommates were Koreans, so I got the chance to try and use what is left of my Korean language skills. They were both younger than me, which is the only way I will speak the language…older people ruin it. Another roommate was a guy from West Africa who intended to apply to the French Foreign Legion…path to citizenship, but it is a five year commitment to become a citizen, from what he told me. Why does that seem so long to me now? Sure didn’t seem long when I was in the recruiter’s office at 17 years old.
I didn’t find there to be too much to see in Nice, so after one day of walking about (and eating a pound of sour gummy candy) I called it quits and spent the next day relaxing and planning my next week
. I have settled on a plan for Italy, now. I will go along the western coast to Florence, go down the middle to Rome, then further down to Naples before I cross the country for a ferry to Greece. No Venice for me this trip. Just too far out of the way, and I am running way behind. I spent almost 7 weeks in France, and if I continue at that pace, I won’t see many countries. I hope to get to Greece before July, mainly to try and avoid the heat and the crowds. I’ll probably be screwed with both, though. Maybe if they leave the Euro before I get there, I will even be lucky to get some new money! I hope that makes things cheaper as well; food in France is just too expensive which means I am lucky budget-wise to not be a foodie.
As far as money is concerned this trip, I spent $1400 (roughly half food, half lodging) in the first month, while traveling 1000 miles. Unless things change much, this seems like it will be standard throughout for the trip. If so, I will spend half of what I budgeted for. Who knows, though, maybe this just leaves room for some crazy partying at the end, right? I could end up getting stuck in Amsterdam, blowing it all on drugs and prostitutes…you’ll just have to keep reading to find out…
Riding from Marseiile was through hills mostly for the first day. The second day I spent on the coastal road, which was new for me. What a coast, too. At least from the city of Frejus to a little before Cannes. In this area, the rocks are no longer gray, but red. I think this stretch of coastal road was only around ten miles long, but the scenery is something to look at. I would call this the most beautiful area I've yet ridden, even better (though much different) than the Pyrenees. I would like to get a hotel here some other day and just walk along the road; biking is just too fast to fully soak it all in. There weren’t even many people on the road here, but maybe that changes during the July-August holiday season.