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Published: September 25th 2008
The fresh fruit and flower market. There were really more works of art and olives than flowers.
We have made it to Paris now but we'll leave that for another entry and talk about our stay in Nice all the way down in the French Riviera.
After running into some Aussie blokes that we had previously met in Spain and now crossed paths with in Marseille, it was decided we should coordinate our stay in Nice. We got into the St. Exupery Villa which is continually voted as one of the top hostels in the world and for good reason. They had a cheap bar and meeting area in a converted chapel where their in-house chefs would prepare reasonably priced pizzas and dinner specials every night. They even did your dishes for you after you were done. That's high class.
The first day there we headed off to Monaco which we have already written about. The following day was a little cloudy so instead of going to the beach we walked around Vieux Nice. There is a fantastic fruit & flower market there with all the usuals plus an amazing assortment of olives, fresh sundried tomatoes and all different spices. We wanted to send so much of it home because it was stuff that
It was a bit of a climb but it was worth it.
you honestly would never see in Canada. I'm talking sacks of different flavoured salts and other stuff that we couldn't identify but smelled delicious. We picked up a nice lunch of baguettes, pimente olives, herb cheese and sundried tomatoes and walked to a park for a wee picnic.
After lunch the weather hadn't improved so we hopped a bus to Villefranche just east of Nice where the people watching was top notch. We sat along the water and watched the mega-yacht owners waiting for their crews to pick them up. One youngish couple came ashore and were ushered into a black Mercedes SUV by a burly bodyguard. We didn't see their faces very well but they had to have been famous for something! We finised off the day with some wine and sangria back at the hostel with our Aussie friends.
The last day was a little weird because we had to check out of the hostel early but also had to wait until our night train left for Paris at 8:45pm. We packed up our stuff and left it in a luggage room and headed off towards the Med for one last time. The weather wasn't great
Lunch purchaced from the fruit and flower market. The sundried tomatos were awsome!
but we were really determined this time. It turned out great and we got a little sun before heading back inland. As we were swimming we were contemplating the many cons of leaving the Mediterranean and are still considering rushing back as soon as possible. But alas, the great Oktoberfest was calling us and we wanted to see Paris beforehand.
We could tell you about our first day in Paris but we'll hold off until we get the full picture. Three more nights here until we take off for Munich and the last 5 days of Oktoberfest.
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