Vive la France!

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
Trip End Jul 05, 2011

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Sunday, June 5, 2011

We found the hostel in Nice without any problems, which was pretty lucky because it started pouring rain immediately after we arrived. The hostel was really cool-- it was HUGE and had a full bar/restaurant and a giant common area. There were over 100 beds in the hostel and it was pretty busy, so there were plenty of people to socialize with while we hid from the rain. The only downside was the fact that the Internet was a complete travesty. We couldn't get a signal for the longest time, then only Chris could get a connection. At about midnight, I was finally able to log on but then Chris couldn't get on! At least we had plenty of new friends to hang out with, and I was able to skype with Jeremy about his impending rendezvous in Spain.
The three of us woke up early to have breakfast and check out the city. We pretty much focused on three things in Nice-- the beach, the views of the beach/town from above, and the giant market going on in the center of town. Nearly every single picture I took in Nice involved one of those three things. The beach was totally awesome-- and topless! I took some sneaky pictures from far away so it wouldn't be creepy.  The people-watching was absolutely superb and we spent half the day sitting on the beach checking out the crowd. Then we took another free elevator up a hill to get a view of Nice. No wonder the rich and famous flock here to vacation. It is so beautiful! 
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the market and browsing all of the random things for sale. The market was a mix between a raw-produce market and a flee market. Plenty of spices and soaps mixed with a ton of junk. Adrienne had a little electronic causality-- her camera took a tumble and a small piece of the lens mount broke off. After visiting a few massively overpriced and French-speaking (obviously) camera shops, we discovered that the lens will have to be sent to Nikon for repairs. This is clearly impossible since we are in France and need a replacement sooner rather than later, so the plan is to order a new lens and have it shipped to Jeremy so that he can bring it with him when he comes on May 10th. Good plan-- hope it works out! 
After the shopping fiasco, Chris bought some train tickets to Marseilles and we went on our way! The train was direct so it was pretty easy. I'll post about it in the next few days. Au revoir!
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Beautiful city and wonderful photos. I love the shots of the market place. And the view of the city...all the terracotta colors mixed with the blue and white, really pretty. I like those porcelain huggers!

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