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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice July 1st 2007

Martha from NYC moved in last night as well as Celeste from New Zealand. Celeste was an au pair in NYC and had spent every winter for the past 6 years working in different ski resorts as a snowboard instructor. pretty cool! I read in my travel book that the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month have free entry into the Matisse and Chagall museums. I heard that the Chagall was very small and had about 12 of his works and none of his super famous pieces, so I decided to just visit the Matisse museum. Martha came with since she's really into painting, so she was great company - for me at least I like going to museums with someone (unless they have to study each brush stroke of each painting on each ... read more

Today I took the train to Antibes with Nicolas' friends who were also from Montreal. They were a couple and very mushy, quite annoying actually (also for Nicolas). The couple was late because the girl had something wrong with her eyes (they were itchy) and so she went to the pharmacist. Nicolas warned me about her being a hypochondriac. Anyway, while Nicolas and I bought our tickets, I looked over at this woman who had crumpled to the floor and was crying hysterically. It looked pretty pathetic and she looked very lost, mentally and physically. I came up to her and said "Do you speak English?". She said yes and I asked her what was wrong. She had missed her train to Marseille and wasn't going to make her flight. I told her that it ... read more

Europe » Monaco June 29th 2007

Today was my alone day as I paraded around the Cote d'Azur through a small hill town called Eze (funny thing, in Hebrew Eze means goat) to the Ferrari and Porsche laden streets of Monaco. Eze I took the bus first to Eze (heading east towards Monaco) and fell asleep on the bus! Luckily I woke up right at my stop and jumped off. whew! Eze was charming, super small, with nothing to offer except for touristy cafes and boutiques selling nicknacks, porcelain, cloths, and art from the few galleries that were hidden in the rock. But frankly, it was exactly what I needed after bustling Rome. I got a beautiful view of the ocean and saw a lot of the same shops over and over again because I made a few wrong turns and walked ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice June 28th 2007

I guess Tal had something to do around 1:00 which kind of ruined our plans since I wanted to go to the top of a nearby hill which my guidebook said had a great view of the city and the beaches from above. So we met earlier at 9am and then he said his meeting was cancelled so we headed for the hill. (I have to say, I was looking forward to tomorrow when I was alone again and didnt have to depend on another persons that bad?) In Vieux Nice (old nice) there was a morning market selling fresh vegetables, fruits, and Provence's famous dried lavander which smells amazing. I think that they also put lavander in the food? I don't know. I really like the market because the sellers are not pushy and ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Cannes June 27th 2007

On my way to Tal's hotel, I stopped at the corner cafe and decided to treat myself to one of France's wonderful pastries - une brioche aux raisins. I don't actually know what a brioche is, but it looked like a regular pastry, my guess was that it's made with lots of eggs or something. Either way it was delicious! Tal and I first had to make sure his rental car stuff was done and arranged (him, his dad, and his older sister drove to Nice from Paris). After that, we headed to Gare Routiere for the bus and enjoyed watching the coastline for an hour and a half. It was longer than expected, but we talked the whole way, which was good practice for my Hebrew and probably good practice for his patience, haha. Once ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice June 26th 2007

My sleep was so-so at the hostel from about 6am-8am. The recycling truck came and was right by our window, so the loud sound of breaking glass crashed right next to my ear which was quite startling. From then on, it was on and off sleep until my alarm buzzed at 8. I went with Tani to breakfast which was free, and had two small rolls with nutella and one with a soft wedge of cheese. They also has Nescafe (a godsend when traveling) machine so I indulged in 2 cappucinos since I knew I wouldnt be eating until at least 5 or 6 pm that day. I laugh at the fact that I got so excited over instant coffee...what you enjoy when on the road! It was then time to check out and meander through ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan June 25th 2007

I can confidently say that I know more about the Milano cookie (sugar oval cookie with chocolate sandwiched in between) than Milano the city. It's not what I planned, but c'est la vie (however you say that in Italiano). In Rome: For some reason, I felt like I had to leave the hostel early and wait for my train to Milan a bit earlier than probably necessary. I think half the reason was excitement to get to a new city and the other half was because I knew Italian trains were crazy when I was here in Nov, so I couldnt imagine what summer was like at Rome Termini station. Well, what I forgot to logically think about was that the trains would never be early or leave early, so why come early? Oh well. I ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 24th 2007

Today was relaxed because I had already seen almost every landmark on the map and then some. My only goal of the day was to go see Palatine Hill so taht morning I was up at 9:30, munched on the same old breakfast and headed off before the heat took over. I decided to walk to the Colosseum instead of taking the metro because there looked like there was a park or something near there. Turns out, there was a park and boy was it pretty! People and families were sitting around and it was very different from the bustling metro (and less sticky. and less smelly). From the park, I looked ahead and I saw the colosseum - it was such a spectacular view - framed by pink flowers (bouganvillia I think..I know I messed ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 22nd 2007

So the day I arrived I decided to walk around and just come across landmarks/sites/interesting places. But I found that Rome is unlike Paris and Florence in the sense that it really matters where you're wandering. My hostel is not in the old city so I had to walk down a lot of streets with silly shops until I came across my first piazza (square with usually a fountain, sculpture, or obelisk where people hang out, drink wine and pigeons roam). The piazza is called Piazza della Repubblica and there were beautiful marble sculptures atop a fountain that sprayed water high up in the air. When the wind gusted through, it lightly misted those sitting on the foutain's lip, including me. I saw most people resting their feet in the cool water and I did the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 21st 2007

Wow, I made it here and I'm exhausted more than excited right now but walking around the city after posting this blog will lift my spirits. Here's what I wrote in my journal on the plane: 4:30am was wakeup time and I surely appreciate those who can wake up this early all the time. Emma and I drove to Seatac with no problem, checked my 20lb pack, and sat for a coffee at starbucks before saying goodbye. Of course, I cried and so did Emma, but I'll see her in a month in Israel. I got on the plane and found 27G- a window seat- yes! I better enjoy it because I'm stuck in the middle from WA D.C. to Rome. I by mistake sat in seat 28G since the sinage was over both rows. To ... read more

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