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Arrived in France!!!

Had a good flight from Phnom Penh to Bangkok and then on to Paris arriving at 7am and even managed to get about 6 hours sleep on the plane evn though it was totally full. Charles De Gaulee airport I found was confusing but eventually found my way to where I would depart for Nice and waited out the few hours there.

The flight to Nice was 1 hr 10 mins and the view of the French Riviera as we flew in was stunning. I quickly found the bus ticket booth and got straight on the #98 bus to the station ( Gare) for 4 euros. From the station I only had to walk 2 blocks to the hostel where I excitedly met up with Mum and Nath. They had been in Paris for a week,visited Amboise and then visited surrounding towns near Nice the last few days, so they totally know their way around by now. Well..Nathan did......Mum's sense of direction is terrible at the best of times!!

We had a nice 4 bed dormitory that we shared with a girl from Turkey and Mum had saved a bottom bunk for me which was great!. The cost was 23E & 25 E a night for the 2 nights. It was in an area full of shops and restaurants. No buildings were above 5 storey's, so the city has a nice feel with no high rise.

It was just a 10 mins walk up the Avenue Jean Medicine up to place Massena ( a massive open square with fountain and statue). Then we were on th beach which was about 8 km long. We walked along the Promenade Des Anglais a wide footpath running above the beach. No white sand here, large palm sized rocks, but that didn't deter the hundreds of people sunbaking on them just lying on towels.. Nath and I went to go for a swim and it was painful to walk across them!!! The beaches were full of people tanning themselves and everyone here is very olive skinned. Lots of topless women of all ages. Mum kept pointing them out ...look there's another one, and another one and I am like...Mum , you don't ned to be pointing them out to Nath ( who is 17!)

Therer are free sections of beaches you can access alternated with the Plages ( private beaches) where you pay 14 - 19 E to have the use of a bed and umbrella

It was very hot and we were soon sweating - just felt like an aussie summer, much to Mums and and Nathan's disgust who both prefer cold weather.

We then headed around the headland to Nice Port and harbour. The size and number of the boats moored there shows the wealth in this area. Many of the boats were like mini ocean cruise ships. We saw a huge yellow ship leave heading for the island of Corsica.

I realized i was feeling a little hungry as I hadn't had lunch so we had a late lunch at 4pm sitting in an outside cafe overlooking the harbour. I had a Jambon ( ham) sandwich which was on yummy crusty baguette and not sliced bread. Only cost 6 E with a botlle of water.Hmmm...now feeling like i was in France and having special moments as we sat in the shade, overlooking the harbour!!

I love the french buildings with their shutters and small balconies. We walked the narrow streets of the headland and ended up in a park and fortress ruin at the top. It had a great view over Nice town and beach.

Down the other side of the headland and into the Old Town we wandered – (Vieux Nice) a tangle of 18th century passageways opening out onto a square full of tables and chairs to eat at and and by an old church

We walked back to the hostel for a quick rest an then back to Old Town for dinner.

I decided to have a local salad called Salad Nicoise with lettuce, tomato, egg, anchovy, tuna and radish. It was ok for a salad I guess!!

Nath got a braid necklace made by gypsy looking woman who comes down fo the summer from Germany

I was starting to fade fast now and got to bed by 10pm

Countryside outside Paris

Countryside outside Paris


French Riviera

French Riviera


French Riviera from plane

French Riviera from plane


On the bus into Nice from airport

On the bus into Nice from airport


Place de Messana

Place de Messana


Trams

Trams


Fountain

Fountain


On the Promenade Des Anglais

On the Promenade Des Anglais


Rocky beach

Rocky beach


One of the Plages

One of the Plages


Beach

Beach


Ship to Corsica

Ship to Corsica


Wanted to jump in this nice water

Wanted to jump in this nice water


Nice Beach

Nice Beach


Nice Port

Nice Port


Mum with her Jambon sandwich

Mum with her Jambon sandwich


Nath & I

Nath & I


Lots of money in this harbour

Lots of money in this harbour


All this walking exhausted Nath

All this walking exhausted Nath


View from the headland

View from the headland


Electric cars plugged in for charging

Electric cars plugged in for charging


Old Town alleys

Old Town alleys


French Bakeries- yum!

French Bakeries- yum!


Town square

Town square


Inside the church

Inside the church


Church close to our hostel

Church close to our hostel


Our 4 bed room

Our 4 bed room


View out the window

View out the window


Mum and Nath on their bed

Mum and Nath on their bed


French parking - whatever works you can do it!

French parking - whatever works you can do it!


French Parking

French Parking


Old Town

Old Town


Dinner in the Town Square

Dinner in the Town Square


My Salad Nicoise - looks good

My Salad Nicoise - looks good


Nath and Mum

Nath and Mum


Love the old buildings all lit at night

Love the old buildings all lit at night


Another beautiful church

Another beautiful church

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in France

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