The Mediterranean Sea
This weekend has been quite relaxing and fun. Friday after school we left for Nice, France which is a 7 hour bus drive from Chambéry. It was a long trip and we stopped twice for little breaks, once in a cute little city and another time in the middle of nowhere. We made it to Nice around 8:30pm so it wasn’t awful but it was long time to be sitting in a bus. We then checked into our hostel and moved our backpacks into the rooms. The hostel wasn’t very nice, but it was a place to sleep, so I can’t really complain. We went out for dinner at a small restaurant outside of downtown nice and then just decided to head to bed. We wanted to be rested up for the next day’s exploration of Nice.
Saturday we woke up early because the girl I stayed with and I had to move to a new room to consolidate our group. The new room was okay but we figured we’d only be sleeping there so it was good enough. We then began our adventure throughout Nice. We wanted to see the old village so we found our way downtown and then explored the numerous markets and little shops crowded into the streets of le Vieux Nice. We then decided to get some lunch at a small restaurant and watch the street performers do their thing. I literally felt like I was in a movie walking through those streets, listening to the music and surrounded by the market and people. The restaurant we went to offered French toast as one of their menu items so I couldn’t pass up the irony and ordered that exact dish. It was delicious and hit the spot!
After a relaxing lunch we decided to go straight to the beach and the gorgeous blue sea. The beaches were all rock, so I still haven’t actually seen a sand beach, but it was still beautiful. I forgot how awesome the water was since the last time I visited the Mediterranean Sea. It was really hot outside so the water was a perfect temperature to keep cool. We spent probably a good four hours there before we decided to head back to the hotel to change before going out for dinner. We met up with some other people in our group and talked to them for a while before heading back down to the beach area to see the beach at night. After walking along the beach we found a little restaurant in the older part of Nice to eat and then headed to a discotech international pub for the later evening.
Sunday was another early morning because we had to check out of the hostel for good. We were able to leave our bags in a locked room though, so that was definitely nice not to have to carry them around with us. Sunday was also the hotter of the two days in Nice so we decided we wanted to spend a majority of the day near the water. We also wanted to visit the Russian Cathedral in town and see the different architectural influences the church portrayed against the French architecture. It was a really beautiful church and very, very different from any other church I’ve seen. We then headed to the beach and spent the rest of the afternoon there enjoying ourselves and relaxing. Before we left, we decided to ride a little train that took us around Nice showing us all the different parts and history of the city. It was extremely interesting, especially when it took us up to the remains of the medieval Château located on top of the city. From that point we could see all around Nice including the mountains, the beach, and the harbor. It was beautiful. After the train we took one more dip into the Mediterranean to say good-bye and headed back to the hostel to go ‘home’. The bus ride was long again and painful from our awesome sunburns, but we made it back to Chambéry safe around 5am. It was truly an awesome trip, exhausting, yes, but awesome.
It’s a sad feeling knowing this trip is beginning to end. I’ve had so much fun here and part of me doesn’t want to come home. At the same time, though, I’m definitely feeling ready to come home to see my family and sleep in my bed again. This week still has some fun yet to bring, so more updates are coming your way. The plan for this week: Thai dinner tonight, Harry Potter Premiere tomorrow night, last day of class on Wednesday, Bastille Day on Thursday, and Geneva on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Until then, à bientôt!