A Day in Nice

Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
Trip End Nov 11, 2012

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Flag of France  , Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azu,
Monday, November 5, 2012

Today, Sami and I were relieved to wake up and find blue skies and sunshine! We thought we would make the most of the weather by taking a stroll down to the beach. But first, we stopped to get a bite to eat.
We found a charming corridor that normally hosts a daily farmers market, with the exception of one day of the week when it is an antiques and flea market. It was wonderful to see what treasures this market had to offer; old chandeliers, sets of silver, huge posters of antique French advertisements, pistols and old selzer bottles to name a few.
In this same corridor, we sat at an outdoor cafe and enjoyed a Croquet Madame and an espresso. Here we were able to sit back and watch groups of locals greet one another at the same cafe with a double kiss, cheek-to-cheek. I thought mom (Laure) would fit right in here, as they all had their little dogs and Creme Brûlée would have been such a big hit.
After brunch and browsing, we made our way down to the beach and strolled along the promenade. This led to a set of ancient steep stairs that winded up along the cliff side. The stairway led us to a lookout point and one of the most breathtaking views thus far. Crystal clear, vivid, blue waters churned into pebble filled beaches with a backdrop all creamy, buttery colored old buildings with red rooftops that extended up the hillside into lush dark green trees.
After this scenic little hike, Sami and I wanted to get down to the beach. But first, we had to do this in true French fashion, with baguette and Brie in hand (Rośe too). We found these goodies down a cobblestone street and then made our way back out to the beach to soak up the sunshine and the view.
While there is no sand on the beach, the very smooth stones and pebbles make a very hypnotic sound when washing back and forth in the surf. It was great having experienced this.
In the evening we wandered around a bit more. We found a local bar where nobody spoke English, but some spoke French and Spanish, and we were able to communicate in Spanish. From here we went to grab a quick bite and finished the night discovering a wine bar. This place coincidently enough was brand new and we got to experience their opening night! This was a great way to finish out our stay in the posh and gorgeous city of Nice!
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