Nice. always Nice.
Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
10Trip End Aug 03, 2008
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So, as I look out the window there seems to be a huge yacht sale... tons of people are gathered around, hoping from boat to boat, exchanging hellos, and catching up after a long year away from the sea and their friends. We are in Alassio and headed for Ventimille, and then onto Monaco and eventually Nice. Milan was too damn hot and its time for a little excursion to the sea (almost said Ocean). I have very fond memories of the Nice of summers past (well actually just one, but a fond one nevertheless). I have dreamed of once again laying out on the pebble laden beach, sipping martinis (NOT.. actually from what I remember, large Heinekens were the refreshment of choice, but then again the last time I was here I was 18 with a crazy friend, still crazy I might add (MIKE)). I am hoping this Nice will be similar to the one of old, the cultural hub of the French riviera. The last time I was here I started a storybook romance with a girl from Poland (one of many.. hmmm... whats happening here : )). Talk about long distance relationships... What was I thinking (a phrase I have begun to use quite of these days : )
So.. the nice thing about living in Milan (which I WILL do someday), is that your only a few hours away from two of the most beautiful places (actually like 100 but 2 in particular) the Italian-French Riviera, and the French-Italian-Swiss Alps. I WILL make it up to Mont Blanc and Chamonix before I leave, if it kills me, which it coincidently just may depending on what I plan on doing there of course. I was planning on Prage and Warsaw, but a friend from the states is at a Bodega (??? Is this right Sasha or is that just Spanish for store) in Germany and may have just rerouted my itinerary (unless of course I can convince him to head north with me). Here is where I need all of you who have been to Poland and the Czech Republic to convince me that I MUST go there NOW. I was also planning on heading to Barcelona and the Islas Balleras (Ibizia), but time flies when your having fun. Any clue what I should do in Monaco??? For all of you who are wondering how my Italian is progressing. No precoccupate, tutti e buona. Ho parlato bene ieri con abbiamo andato per gelato nel Monte Vecchio (by the way, one of my new goals is to try each of the some odd 400 flavors of gelato). Andro di parlare bene ogni giorni dalle departaro. La settimana pasata era mi prima settimana e adesso io capisco tanti Italianio per abitare qui. (NOT) Anyway, as you can see I am progressing (notice I didn't add the word rapidly). Moreover, I am having a wonderful time and am so glad I this summer is unfolding as it is.
Fear not life, only not living (someone should have told that to the guy who decided to jump in front of a train (not ours thankfully) and delayed us 2 hours in Genoa. God bless him and his family.
Che sera sera,
I have plenty of great pics to upload... Jazz concerts in the square, beach dance parties, beautiful clock towers, mediterranean magic...
There coming shortly, for now you'll just have to use your imagination.