Friday, June 8, 2012

Nice and the French Riviera

It's summertime, and I'm "stuck" in New York. This time last year, I was with my family traveling through Rome, Capri, Nice, and Paris. Nice was my family's first exposure to France, and I figured it would be a great transition from Italy because of the multicultural influence from its rich diverse history. Nice, as the English figured out ages ago, is a great vacation spot. There's a beautiful shoreline, ample amounts of seafood, and it's explorable by foot or by bike! The French Riviera is simply breathtaking. We took a tour through Cannes, Antibes, St. Paul de Vence, Eze, and Monte Carlo, and the perfumeries, the soap, the fresh produce... everything was how you would imagine it to be, if not better. It's such a mix of experiences ranging from the medieval village of Eze to the prosperous streets of Monte Carlo in Monaco. But seriously, the things I would do to be able to stroll through the market at Antibes and to visit Chateau Grimladi right now (as opposed to typing this out at my office desk)!

Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Nicoise salad in Nice!

Watermelon on the stone beach in Nice

Stuffed vegetables

Olives in Antibes

Macarons in Antibes

Rabbit in Antibes

Saint Paul de Vence

Fig tart in Saint Paul de Vence

Billionaire's Bay

Olive tapende

Truffle and arugula salad

Foie gras

McDonald's pastries

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