Sunday, January 4, 2009

Nice: Day 2 (12/30/08)

Saying that "Things are nicer in Nice" is so cliche. Things are downright WONDERFUL in Nice! I really do love this area...and who wouldn't. The wide beaches filled with rocks and sea glass, the beautiful Med right there, mountains, colorful buildings, no parking on sidewalks, and no dog crap everywhere!

We got up and had breakfast at a cafe down the block across from the beach called Le Jardin de Capitole (if I remember right). For 11 euros, one could have 3 eggs, croissant, baguette, jellies, coffee or tea, and orange juice. This is what the French call "le petite dejeuner anglais" (American breakfast). It was good, but overpriced for what it was.

Chris & I took a quick walk on the beach, filled our pockets with sea glass and rocks, and then we were off again. We took the small tourist train around Nice, which went through old town, around the port, and up to Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) and the Parc du Chateau. Amazing views on the way there and even more on top of the hill. I would love to return when the weather is warmer and spend more time exploring the park. The train took us back to the Promenade de Anglais (next to teh beach).

We had a late lunch (at 3pm) at Le Saleya. I had the gnocchi nicoise (specialty here) which was very good. Chris had salad nicoise (another specialty).

We spent a little bit of time walking around the antique market while they were closing up. We were not too impressed, since things seemed to be rather overpriced.

We walked along the beach at sunset back towards the port, and then turned around. It was time for dessert, so we went to have gelato at Pinnochio. Our waiter was wonderful, so funny, and saying everything in multiple languages. The gelato was so creamy...much better than regular ice cream in the states. Chris & I split the tiramisu, which was 3 scoops of gelato of different flavors with chocolate and cookie crumbles on it.

With our tummies full, we walked back to the condo and David taught me how to play Hearts. We spent the rest of the night playing. I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Carolyn beat us all.

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