As some of you may know, last January, Kyle and I backpacked through Europe for a month. I have been sporadically posting brief recaps of each city, which you can find here! It’s about time for another one!
After Barcelona, we traveled to Nice with a brief layover in Nîmes, France. We didn’t have much time to explore, but this was seriously right outside the train station.
Fun Fact: Nîmes is actually where denim originated (its name was shortened from serge de Nîmes). The one and only thing I remember from high school 😉
On the train we had a brief encounter with a lovely inebriated woman, whom I chatted with in broken Spanish, Italian, and French (She only spoke Spanish and Italian, but understood a little French. I speak French, but can understand a tiny Spanish and Italian. It was fun. Europe is fun.)
Before you knew it, we were in Nice. As we approached our hostel, a man on the street was playing Moon River on the accordion and we could see the ocean (or is it a sea. I think it’s a sea). I fell in love with the city.
This wasn’t from that same night- but on a separate day, we bought a couple panini and hiked up Castle Hill to watch the sunset. Probably my favoritest pic-a-nic ever.
There aren’t a whole lot of things to do in Nice. Seemed to me like it’s a relaxing vacation spot- great for wandering the streets, chilling at the beach, etc. So we took a day trip to Monaco.
When I become a billionaire, I would like to vacation here. And I will take one of those mega-yachts in every color please. Wait scratch that. I forgot I’m scared of open water and get seasick easily.
We wandered around, pretended we were rich tourists, and saw the Monte-Carlo Casino. Kyle really wanted to play 1 round of Blackjack just to say we did it, but they have a strict dress code…I’m not a gambler (unless you call buying a new flavor of frozen yogurt without a sample first, gambling), but it would be pretty amazing to say you’ve gambled in the Monte-Carlo.
On the way back we stopped off in the cute town, Èze (recommended to us by a lovely Parisian woman). 60-something Fahrenheit and sunny in January. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The rest of our time there was spent wandering around the city. It was a nice break from all the running around we had done in the other cities.
Next stop, Florence!
Have you ever been to Nice?
Would you gamble at the Monte-Carlo Casino if you had the opportunity?