June 3-6, 2013
“Way down in the South of France, all the ladies love to dance..”
Our last week to travel through study abroad was a whirlwind. On Monday, we visited Evian, France to tour the world famous Hotel Royal and the Evian Championship Golf Course. We learned about the inner workings of a 5 star hotel, and we had a fabulous lunch at the golf course. I didn’t know what half of the food I was eating was, but I tried it anyways. Of course, our lunch was provided with Evian water bottles.
The next morning, we all woke up at 4:30 am for our trip to Beaune, France. We finally got to Beaune and we toured around an old, famous winery, The Patriarche. There, we had a really fun wine tasting. We walked around the cute city of Beaune and went to the train station to figure out our plan to travel to Nice, France. We quickly realized that our overnight plan to Nice was not going to work out, but we figured out a way to get to Marseilles, then go to Nice early in the morning. Although it was a setback, we made the most of it. We bought bread, prosciutto, cheese, mustard from The Patriarche and a giant bottle of champagne. We had a little picnic on the train. It was quite an adventure roaming around the streets of Marseilles at 10 pm at night being the only girls out at night. Clearly, there was a reason that no women went out past 9 pm… It was so sketchy, and we were all so vulnerable-looking with our touristy backpacks and terrified looks. Luckily, we eventually found a hotel to stay in at 50 euro per person… Much more than we planned, but we needed to get some sleep.
Early in the morning, we took a train to Nice, France. Between the beautiful weather, easily found hostel and perfect beaches, I was in the best mood. The hostel had a 3 bed high bunk bed, and the bathroom was possibly never cleaned since the hostel’s opening. But whatever, it was cheap and close to the beach. What are you gonna do? We started the day off by roaming around the center of Nice, running into our professor and her daughter, and finding the NICEST beachfront restaurant I’ve ever been to. Seriously, it looked like it was out of a movie. We had a lovely lunch with some fine cocktails and engaged in great conversations and memories with our professor.
We walked down the promenade and found Blue Beach, a famous beach in Nice. We laid out in the sun, took a few cute pictures, attempted to wade in the freezing water. It truly was the perfect day. We got ready for dinner and strolled around the old town market until we finally decided on a cute italian restaurant. Later, we got gelato and decided to call it an early night because we had a very early train ride to Cinque Terre in Italy.
One thing I would do differently in Nice would be to come with a significant other. Preferably, when either of us had some money. Nice was beautiful, but it was very expensive. Also, everywhere you looked was another perfectly dressed couple, adorned in the cutest matching outfits, from their fedoras to their Sperrys. Next time I make it to the Cote d’Azur, I will either have a beautiful man or money. Fingers crossed for both…