Nice is nice. And so is Barcelona

So there was a time in my last blog post where I thought I would be able to post more often.  But here we are, months later, and I am finally posting this.  Did you really think I would be on top of my life by now? Anyways…
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The French Riviera.   Most of what I knew about the south of France was what I gathered from Agatha Christie novels and the occasional movie set back in the 60’s when rich people would go vacation there.

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We took the train from Lake Como to Nice, which involved a few transfers and more than a few bottles of wine.  The views from the train were pretty incredible, although short lived.

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The place we stayed in Nice was right on the water, and the view was gorgeous.  I absolutely love the ocean, and while we didn’t really go swimming, just being near the water made me happy.

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Nice, being close to the border of Italy, had an interesting mix of French and Italian culture- lots of pasta, but lots of French food as well.  There was a great market in old town, with lots of fresh food, flowers, and at night, they sold jewelry.

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We took a day trip to Eze, which is this tiny town on top of a mountain.

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The view was incredible.  I had written in my bucket list to visit the garden in Eze, which was definitely worth it.  You had to go to the very top of the town.

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It was full of interesting plants, like Cacti, but the best part were these statues of women, with poems about them.  I loved it.

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In Nice, I tried a Nicoise Salad, which was delicious, and even ate fresh octopus- once I got over the tenticles, it tasted pretty great.  I think I may talk about food too much on this blog.  Sorry.  I really love food though.  Its such a huge part of each culture, that I don’t know how to not talk about it.  Plus eating food is awesome.  I am eating as I am writing this.

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Anyways.  After Nice, we took a flight to Barcelona.  Barcelona felt so much bigger than Nice, and was beautiful in a different way.  While Nice felt like a small old town, straight from one of my favorite novels, Barcelona was buzzing with energy, full of modern culture.

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I was sick during our time in Barcelona, so while I didn’t get to experience the wild night life that I had heard so much about, I refused to miss out on our day explorations. We went to a market full of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, fish.

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We went to Park Guell, which was designed by Gaudi.  It was stunning.  The style that Gaudi uses is extremely unique.

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We also saw La Sagrada Familia, which is a church that he designed that is still being built.

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The outside reminds me of the drippy castles that we made in the sand as kids, while the inside was styled like giant trees.  It was incredible.
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We also went to the Olympic stadiums in Barcelona, which was a different kind of history.

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Overall, it was a whirlwind of travel throughout just two weeks.  We took a day trip to Switzerland, ate paella in Barcelona, and enjoyed the beaches of Nice.  And then I flew back to the US.  My European travels were over.  TSA let me back in the US with just a few new passport stamps and my memories of the adventures (and my giant suitcase, of course).

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Now that I am done chronicling my journey through Europe, I’ll start writing about what I have done since I got back, and my plans for the future, and hopefully the next post will be next week, not next year.

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1 Comment

  1. PhilB

    May 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Love your blog!!! Keep writing.

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