The city of Nice is named very well: everything in Nice is nice! We arrived in the train station to my dad’s aunt and uncle who are being very nice and letting us stay with them in their house. After switching trains approximately 4 times, including the bus, we were pretty tired and it was too late to see anything so we left all of that for the next day.
Here is a small video of our first day in Nice, courtesy of Mama!
The next day was just as beautiful. We have been very lucky with the weather so far; almost every day on our trip has treated us with blue skies and comfortable temperatures. We did most of the same: walking up and down the cobblestone streets and looking at the view of the Cote d’Azur. The beaches were as rocky as ever and the waves just as big. Life is simple and relaxing…
On our last day we took a bus and tiny old rickety train to Entrevaux, a small village with a big fortress on top of the hill. If you couldn’t see the satellite dishes you would believe it was still running like it did hundreds of years ago! We walked up to the fortress (this took a while) while my dad poked his head out of every little hole in the wall to take a picture. We arrived at the fortress! You could see the old prisons, which weren’t very nice, and where the knights and guards slept, which was like a dorm. The officers had it nicer though: they had fireplaces and hooks to put their coats on, which were still there. Papa, Audrey, Emilia, and I had the nerve to descend into the dungeons with long steel ladders. It was scary: there was rock protruding from everywhere, no walls just holes to squeeze through, and dust and spiderwebs everywhere. I have no idea how they fit actual people in that amount of space. After getting out of there we poked around and observed small little details that paint a picture of how life was like. After walking across the old drawbridge we walked all the way down again!
Today we meant to depart Nice, but since transportation unions in France are striking we are staying one more day and doing some homeschooling. Sometimes you have to be flexible and let the nice things come to you!