TU S1.2; TS 4: Sip & Cycle (Part 1) – Paris

Join me as we learn about & drink different wines. We will cycle thru Paris on a picnic-style bike with Cyclo Cafe and Tanisha Townsend of Girl Meets Glass! Part 2 will be up next week! Get your wine glass and come on ūüôā

Girl Meets Glass:
Bloghttp://www.girlmeetsglass.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/GirlMeetsGlass/
Twitter — @girlmeetsglass
Tumblrhttp://girlmeetsglass.tumblr.com

Cyclo-Cafe:
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OntheCycloCafe/
Websitehttp://www.cyclo-cafe.fr

En Vrac (includes location & hours of operation):
Websitehttp://www.vinenvrac.fr/en/

S1.2, TS1 Parisian Catacombs

Hi my travelistas!¬† On today’s travelsode of Travel Unplugged, we are going 60 feet under street level to explore Les Catacombes (the ossuary where the bones of 6 million Parisians are housed).¬† Located at 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy in the 14th Arrondissement.¬† They only allow 200 visitors at a time.¬† Due to the length of the tour (up to 1 hour) and the fact that you walk down 130 steps (and up 80 steps), it’s not recommended for those with limited mobility.

The Catacombs are so freaking awesome!¬† The bones are stacked up 5 feet high¬†in very cool arrangement of femurs, tibias and skulls.¬† I kept waiting for Sammy Terry to pop out and say, “Bonjour Madamoiselle, I’ve been waiting for you!”¬† Then I’d have screamed, died on site and had my bones mixed in with the others.

As I say in the video, what I can’t get with is that the bones are mixed up all willy nilly.¬† You know they didn’t try to figure out who is Celine and who is Francois.¬† And it would be my luck that if I was one of the dead, my bones would be mixed up with my arch nemesis (we’ll name her Becky since it starts with a “b”) and my ex (who we will call Leroix so it sounds French).¬† You know who ain’t trying to have¬†their femur mixed with Becky’s tibia and Leroix’s skull?¬† Me.¬† I have gone to Glory and need time to rest.¬† And I know they ain’t walking the golden streets of heaven…because if they are, then I’d need to go speak with Peter about their quality control process and review their paperwork to ensure that error is corrected and they are given tickets to go down South ūüôā¬† Ha!

If you visit Paris, be sure to check out The Catacombs in all of its macabre splendor!

Hours:
Daily from 10am to 8pm (last admission at 7pm), except Mondays and some holidays.

More information & to Purchase Tickets:

http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/

Travel Unplugged – Season 1.2 “The Remix” Trailer

Hi everybody!! ¬†It’s a new year with new goals and plenty of chances to make bad decisions! ¬†Ha! I want to welcome you to view the Travel Unplugged – Season 1.2 “The Remix” trailer. ¬†I had such big dreams and big plans last year for this travel show…but life happened and it kinda fell off the radar with my move to Paris.

So, I figured a reboot was in order and I’d relaunch the Travel Unplugged. ¬†Instead of doing Season 2 (since I only did 3 videos for season 1), I figured I’d do like most rappers/rapstresses and remix the first season. ¬†I even have a 17 week Winter Season Schedule. ¬†Now, the schedule is tentative as I may move some of the videos around depending on how lazy I am my mood.

This season, I will be publishing every Wednesday and will cover one of the following areas:  Destinations; Expat Experience; A Day in the Life of a Parisienne and Paris Highlights.  Check me out!

 

Tentative Winter Schedule

TU 1.2 schedule

An Expensive-Ass Letter

Hi all and Happy 2016!!! ¬†I told myself that THIS year, I was going to blog on a regular basis. Now, I lie to myself so take it for what it’s worth. Anyways, I have moved to the beautiful City of Lights and figured I’d start sharing my experience with you…my peeps…my e-family.

So, being offered a job transfer to Paris was so. freaking. exciting! Then, I was like, “wait, I don’t speak French.” ¬†But immediately was like, “Self, it doesn’t matter. ¬†You can pick it up!” LIES!

I took an immersion class in Washington, DC for 7 weeks before I moved…and know how to say my name and count. ¬†I can’t tell you how helpful that has been.

French Person:  Excuse me, would you like something to eat?

Me: ¬†Je m’appelle Nikki. ¬†Neuf.

French Person:  Um, hi Nikki.  What do you mean by the number 9?

Me:  *blank stare* Deux

French Person:  Wanders off and takes away sharp objects

It is getting better though.  I am now taking French lessons twice per week and while I do get frustrated at the fast pace, it helps to push me forward into learning the language so I can assimilate faster.

Which brings me to sharing my experience at the post office (or La Poste) as it’s called here. ¬†My sorority sister requested I send a letter to her child’s kindergarten class that basically says that I saw the gingerbread man here in Paris. ¬†I write and address the letter, figure out what I need to say at the post office to buy the correct number of stamps, and head forth to bask in a moment of triumph.

Sigh. ¬†As I get to the counter, I show my letter and ask how much I needed to pay in postage to mail the letter to the United States. ¬†I hear something that sounded like “set” which I took to mean 7 (which is “sept” in French). ¬†So, I buy 7 stamps and place ALL 7 ON THE LETTER.

Did you ever read the Harry Potter books? ¬†If not, there is a passage about Molly, Harry’s best friend’s mom, mailing him a letter thru the “Muggle Post” (non-magical letter mailing, which is basically what I am doing). ¬†Since they normally use owls to deliver letters, his wizarding family didn’t know how much postage to put on the letter. ¬†It looked like this…

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What my letter looked like.

 

Which is exactly how my letter looked to travel from Paris to Indiana. ¬†When I put all 7 stamps on the letter, the address was just barely visible. ¬†I give it to the postman, he looks at me and was like, “Why are there so many stamps on this?” ¬†I was like, “Sir? ¬†What? ¬†You told me 7 stamps.” ¬†He looked at me and muttered something in French that sounded suspiciously like “bless her heart” which we all know in southern US means that person is “special.”

After removing 6 stamps, I was finally able to get it mailed. ¬†No telling where the gingerbread man is now…:)

 

 

What is Travel Unplugged? Um…it’s AWESOME!

Previously, I announced my new online travel show called “Travel Unplugged” that premiered on April 29, 2015 with its first episode on the XtraCold Ice Bar in Amsterdam. ¬†In this post, I wanted to take time to explain what Travel Unplugged is all about! ¬†In this trailer, I will answer the following questions:

  1. What is Travel Unplugged?
  2. What is a “travelsode”?
  3. How many travelsodes will there be each season?
  4. Where will we be traveling to?
  5. What can you expect?

Thank you so much for checking me out and I hope you subscribe to my YouTube channel and watch the first season of Travel Unplugged!

Decadent Paris: Cooking Class

20130203-143315.jpgIt has become a sort of tradition to take a cooking class when¬†I travel abroad.¬† Part of it is because I like to eat…the other part is a way for me to bring a little of that culture back home with me.¬†¬†During a¬†previous¬†trip to Paris, I took¬† a baking class (which focused on croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin, foccaccia, etc.).¬† This time, I decided to take a desserts class.¬† My absolute favorite choice for cooking classes in Paris is Cook’n with Class.¬† The¬†chefs are nice & knowledgable and the hands on instruction is so fun!¬† You can book either directly thru their website or via Viator.¬† They also have a Facebook page which features delicious season recipes from time to time!

During the Paris Desserts & Pastry class, we learned how to make creme br√Ľl√©e, chocolate molten lava cake, golden bars, lemon tartes¬†and Grand Marnier¬†souffle. Delish!!!

The chefs!

The chefs!

The ingredients

The ingredients

Crust for the lemon tartes.

Crust for the lemon tartes.

Lemon tarte filling...and yes, I did order the mold :)

Lemon tarte filling…and yes, I did order the mold ūüôā

Making molten chocolate lava cake!

Making molten chocolate lava cake!

Mold & ingredients for Golden Bars

Mold & ingredients for Golden Bars

Carmelizing the sugar on the creme brulee.

Carmelizing the sugar on the creme brulee.

Prepping oranges for the Grand Marnier souflee.

Prepping oranges for the Grand Marnier souflee.

Fresh out of the oven...lemon tartes with red currants on top!

Fresh out of the oven…lemon tartes with red currants on top!

Photos of the Day: Parisian Desserts

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One of my favorite things about Paris are the fabulous desserts!¬† So, during my most recent visit to this beautiful city, I decided to do a “Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour” where we visited different sweet shops that specialize in chocolate, pastries & ice cream.¬† I justified all the eating with the fact that at least we spent a few hours walking (even if it was just to get to the next site/shop.¬† Ha!).¬† What’s your favorite chocolate or pastry shop in Paris?
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Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit

Planning a trip to Paris and trying to figure out how to spend your time?  Check out my list of Top 10 Things to do in Paris!

The French Riviera: Days 4 & 5 “Livin’ it up, Monte Carlo-style”

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Hey everybody! My Mom and I finished our vacation in the French Riviera with 2 days in Monte Carlo.¬† It is a beautiful place! Approximately 45 minutes from Nice by bus, Monaco consists of 3 distinct tourist areas: Monaco-Ville, Monte Carlo, and La Condamine. Most of this small country was built on a cliff.¬†¬†The streets are a bit narrow and since it’s built into a cliff, things seem a little congested but it is breathtaking so you sort of just overlook that.¬† This place has a very distinct feeling of “money”…people have it.¬† That is obvious.¬† For me and my poor little pockets, well…I was pretending ūüôā¬†

When taking the bus from Nice, you will ride along the Low Corniche.  If you want to take the route all the way to Menton (like we inadvertently did), it takes just an hour.  You pass thru the beautiful villages of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, and Beauliu-sur-Mer on your way to Monte Carlo.

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Monte Carlo Bay

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Once we arrived in Monaco, we checked into our FABULOUS hotel, the Monte Carlo Bay Resort & Hotel.¬† The resort has a casino, gym¬†(with free personal trainers) and a spa. I was able to hit the gym and get a good 45 minute run in before hitting the casino.¬† My absolute favorite thing about Monte Carlo? ¬†THE CINQ¬†MONDES SPA!¬† OMG, this place is heaven on earth. ¬†Seriously.¬† The purpose of our visit to Monte Carlo was to gamble & spend a day at the spa. ¬†Well, we lost at the casino (I love roulette and my numbers weren’t hitting all night…and I just knew I was about to hit it big and live the life of a newly rich jetsetting diva…but, it apparently wasn’t meant to be that day *sobs*).¬†¬† On the plus side, the spa more than made up for it.

Japanese Bath

Japanese Bath

I’ve been to countless spas and this has to be the absolute best in my opinion. We started out in the hammam to relax prior to¬†our spa services. My first service was the “Aromas & Flowers Japanese Bath” — and it was the most fabulous thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. It was like Christmas!¬† The Japanese Bath is essentially a big wooden tub that traps heat so the water never gets cold. ¬†You step into the tub of very warm water, then you have aromatherapy¬†oils poured over you in the water.¬† Once that is complete, rose petals are sprinkled on top of you.¬† Next, the masseuse places a pillow under your neck and proceeds to give you a scalp and neck massage.¬† Afterwards, you are left alone for about 15 minutes to relax.¬† Once you are fully rested, the masseuse brings you peach tea, honey and dried fruit to snack on while still in the bath.¬†¬†Um, seriously…did I mention¬†this was HEAVEN?¬† Because it is.¬† I do not think I will be able to replicate this in my own tub¬†with some Calgon & Lipton.¬† You already know I was notating everything because my next home needs a relaxation room like this.

After the Japanese Bath, I had an Oriental Massage which was basically laying on hot towels being massaged with warm oils. Total bliss. Once the services were over, I was taken to the “Relaxation Room” to lay down with more peach tea & honey.¬† I would go back to Monte Carlo just for the spa. ¬†It was that fabulous.¬† Want to know more about this fabulous resort?¬† Check out my hotel review here.

Cathedral

Cathedral

The next day, Mom and I head out to do some sightseeing.¬† We decided to take the bus from the hotel around this “city”.¬† Word of caution…if you don’t speak French, you may be a bit challenged as there are no English translations and it’s not really clear where the stops are.¬†

Monaco-Ville is the oldest section of Monaco and contains the Royal Palace, the Cathedral (which holds the tombs of Prince Rainier & Princess Grace), the Cousteau Aquarium, and the Exotic Gardens (pictures are in the slideshow below). 

Tomb of Princess Grace

Tomb of Princess Grace

Tomb of Prince Rainier

Tomb of Prince Rainier

The famed Monte-Carlo Casino

The famed Monte-Carlo Casino

The district of Monte Carlo is the area around the famous Monte Carlo Casino (which has a cover charge and dress code).¬† The area is absolutely gorgeous but it is very tight & congested since everything is built very close together.¬† It’s also very expensive.¬† Breakfast was 35 euro/per person…and this was a continental breakfast.¬†¬†Once you get over the sticker shock, you¬†can really enjoy it and see that it¬†is a wonderful place to visit.¬†

The were a couple of cool sculptures across the street from the casino (which remind me of sculptures I saw in Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway).

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Overall, the French Riviera was really nice and a wonderful experience. I can only imagine how wonderful it is when the temperatures allow you to get in the water. Nice was my favorite city as it lends itself to a lot to do. Monte Carlo is nice…but I would suggest that you day trip over from Nice. It’s not really worth 2 days unless you want to stretch it out. Cannes…that was one of those places where I can say I’ve been there. But, not interested in going back as there really isn’t much there to see.

Here are some of my favorite photos:

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Next stop…Milano!

The French Riviera: Day 3 “Yes We Cannes”

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Bonjour!¬† It’s day 3 and today was cold and overcast. We woke up this morning and went to our favorite cafe, Grand Cafe de Lyon, for our croissants & cafe au lait.¬† How am I going to live my life without this cafe near my home?¬† Clearly they need an Atlanta location [makes note to self to speak with manager about this].

We head out to see the Russian Cathedral before taking the train to Cannes (which is about 30 minutes from Nice).¬† As we are walking, I notice that almost every dog has on a designer outfit!¬† Seriously.¬† Let me ask you a question.¬† What dog do you know in the U.S. that is rocking a leather jacket????¬† Not Riley.¬† He wrote a blog post about dogs dressing up.¬† These dogs don’t wear plain little coats…they have designs and ruffles.¬† Like they are about to go on the runway at a Stella McCartney fashion show.¬† There is even a dog & cat clothing store.¬† I kid you not.¬† And, the dogs have the nerve to get attitudes if you stare a little too long…like they think you are about to steal their designer duds.¬† There is a dog in¬†the apartment building we are staying in who barks as soon as you come into his line of sight.¬† But, I think that’s because he may be the poor relations around town since he didn’t havean outfit on.

Anyway, the train station is in the opposite direction from the promenade and the markets which we saw yesterday.¬† As we are walking to the cathedral, the “element” (you know who I am talking about) seems to be more prominent.¬† Maybe they don’t let them visit the nice part of Nice???¬† Anyway, it’s cold & rainy so I am focused on following the¬†map to get to the cathedral. ¬†I then start to notice that the area isn’t as pretty as other parts of the city but it has “character”.¬† However, my Mom stops me and asks, “Is this the ghetto? Why is¬†dog crap all over the sidewalks?”¬† It was too much for her and I knew she was ready to hightail it back to the¬†bourgeoisie part of town.¬† But I was determined to see the cathedral so she was going to have to talk to New Brenda and tell her to come on. LOL.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe finally find the Russian Cathedral and it’s nice…but not exactly what I expected.¬† I guess because it was in the ghetto? ¬†I expected something a bit grander (and in a nicer area of town).¬† Kind of like expecting St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and getting St. Mary’s Hold My Mule So Help Me God Church of Christ AME on Bankhead Highway.¬† But, it was still pretty.

My Mom and I start walking to the Nice Ville train station. ¬†Now, I don’t know why I think things in Europe are different.¬† In the states, the Greyhound is always in a seedy part of town.¬† But, I thought that since the train I took from London to Bath was in the nice Piccadilly area, maybe that’s how they roll across the pond. ¬†I guess they didn’t share the memo with Nice.¬†

Then it happens.¬† We are waiting at a stoplight and suddenly some man almost knocks down a woman who¬†is standing next to us waiting to cross at an intersection.¬† The lady was very dramatic about the whole scene and I recognized crazy instantly.¬† And, let me tell you…Nice has a whole new brand of crazy I ain’t never seen before (and yes, I had to use a grammatically incorrect sentence to highlight this fact).¬† My Mom was a beat behind since she thought it was just an ugly woman (he was a tad large and had man-breasts) but he had a buzz cut so I don’t know what she was thinking.¬† Being in the ghetto had her shook, I guess.

Anyway, Beat’em¬†Up Bertrand (hereinafter known as “BUB”) dang near assaults a woman trying to rush to make the bus…and ends up missing it.¬† This is wear the C.R.A.Z.Y. comes out. ¬†BUB decides he’s gonna cuss out the bus driver (or maybe just the bus because it was rolling down the street without poor BUB).¬† Then, once the bus is out of site…he decides to cuss out everybody else.¬† We are walking behind him and it’s like a bad car accident you just can’t stop looking at.¬† This fool takes his bottle of whatever (probably whiskey…you know crazy likes to stay bourre).¬† Oh, now “bourre” is my new favorite French word. It means “drunk” and is pronounced “boo-ray”.¬† You know I use it in sentences like, “I think he’s bourre’d” (because I don’t know how to conjugate in French so work with me).¬† That’s just how we do in Atlanta.¬† Anyway, Bourre¬†Bertrand takes his bottle of spirits and THROWS it at a car that is pulling up to the intersection.¬† People are looking around at BUB but nobody says anything.¬† Not even the driver of the car.¬† They recognize he is bourre’d.¬† My Mom and I cross the street because that’s what my Grandmama¬†told me to do when you see crazy.¬†¬†He was¬†out of control crazy. I don’t know what he was saying as it was in French but I have a pretty good idea because crazy people usually use the same 4 key phrases.¬† Maybe he should’ve walked over to the cathedral and talked to someone.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter witnessing the Battle of Bourre, we finally make it to the train station and are on our way to Cannes.¬† As I stated above, Cannes is about 30 minutes by train from Nice.¬†¬†This city’s¬†focus is on big money and shopping.¬† You won’t find a lot of museums.¬† But, the shopping and hotels are phenomenal if you can afford it (and sadly, I could not).¬† We went inside the Hotel Carlton (which I believe was the hotel used during the Cannes episode of “Entourage” but I need to double-check) and is the most famous address on the boulevard de la Croisette.¬† Rooms start at 750 Euro and go up to 5300 Euro. They embroider your name on the bathrobe and everything.¬† It really is a beautiful hotel.

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After leaving the Hotel Carlton, we went to see the Film Festival Hall where they show the movies during the annual Cannes Film Festival.

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Afterwards, we ate at¬†LaMocca¬†restaurant which is across the street. I had the Tandoori Chicken & Coconut Mashed Potatoes. ¬†I wasn’t sure how the mashed potatoes would taste with coconut but I’m always game to try¬†something new.¬† It was delicious! My Mom had the antipasta dish which was tasty as well.

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At this point, it’s getting dark so we head back to the train station.¬† The train back to Nice was delayed by 30 minutes so I felt at home since this is a normal occurrence on MARTA¬†ūüôā¬† After we finally get on the train…next thing I know, the metro police are rushing through the train. ¬†Some guy is looking guilty…like he may be trying to get his 13 virgins or something. ¬†At this point, I’m like, “Are you there, God? It’s me, Nikki. Tell Margaret to hold on because she’s been tying up the line for dang near 40 years! Please save me from crazy and the Taliban. Amen.”¬† I guess he heard my prayers because the final 20 minutes were peaceful.

We leave Nice tomorrow morning and head over to Monte Carlo so I can win big money at the blackjack and roulette tables (cross your fingers!).  Au revoir!!!

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The French Riviera: Day 2 “Nice is Nice”

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January 3, 2010

Bonjour!  Today was our first full day in Nice.  The weather was mild (but still needed a coat) and the skies turned sunny by early afternoon.  Nice is a beautiful city.  You will fall in love with the market, the buildings, the sea, the people!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe got a bit of a late start today due to jet lag but once my Mom and I got started, we were good to go.¬† The first item on our agenda was to walk about 5 minutes to Avenue Jean Medecin to find a¬†place for breakfast.¬† We found the perfect¬†cafe which had the best croissants & cafe au lait!!!¬† And, it was just 8 euro for 2 people!!!¬† You can’t beat that.¬†

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter breakfast, we walked down to Place Massena (which is Nice’s ground zero — everything old meets new).¬† I tend to agree with Rick Steve’s when he says that standing here makes him feel like he’s in St. Mark’s Square in Venice.¬† It has that feel…especially with the curved buildings around a central place/piazza.¬†It also reminds me of Disneyland in a way.¬† With the colorful markets, Christmas decorations, piped-in music of children singing songs…it really had a fairytale feel.¬† But, then they started playing a Michael Jackson song so…maybe a Neverland feel?

 

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After leaving Place Massena, I happened to see the most fabulous faux fur vest in a store window.¬† It was on sale and it fit.¬† It’s like the fates declared for me to have it!¬†

I was a bit nervous with the shopping because everybody that I see in France is tiny.¬† The store didn’t have sizes on the garments…I guess they could eyeball you to tell you whether or not¬†you needed to keep on walking.¬† Although they spoke limited English (and I, limited French), the clerk & I were¬†able to have a limited conversation…enough for him to ask if I was from South Africa.¬†¬†¬†

Which brings me to a point of observation…everybody who knows me well knows that I research my travel destinations thoroughly before I arrive.¬† Well, I had read several places that the French were a bit aloof and that you should have a rudimentary understanding of French or they would give you the side-eye.¬† That has not been my experience at all.¬† Most of the people I have met have been very friendly and understanding of my language “handicap”.¬† If we can’t figure something out with hand signals & my French/English phrase book, they find someone who can translate.¬† I do find myself defaulting to Italian when I’m searching for French words which just confuses them even further.¬† As far as people being rude, honestly, it’s the same as in the U.S.¬† As long as you are respectful and smile, the French will love you!

I met a guy named Bruno who was born in France but moved to Georgia (the U.S. state, not the country) when he was 16.¬† He actually owned a hair salon in Roswell for about 16 years or so before deciding to move back to Nice with his wife (who is American).¬† Bruno is fabulous…love him!!!¬† Now, I will admit that it is sometimes hard for me to understand accented English.¬† My friend, Abenaa (who is from Ghana), will testify to that.¬† I may have a blank look on my face while I try to figure out what you just said.¬† But, eventually, I will either get there or ask you to repeat what you said ūüôā

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, back to our day.¬† We ended up shopping at the outdoor markets. ¬†Let me just say that I absolutely LOVE the outdoor markets.¬† Nice is known for growing lavender and olives (and they have lots of it).¬† Everything is so fresh and upscale.¬† People are out with their dogs (they even bring them into cafes!).¬† Riley (my cocker spaniel) would be in heaven.¬† Maybe I’ll try to find him a little beret.¬† Of course, Riley is from the streets so I know he wouldn’t even entertain that.¬† Plus, he likes to fight so we’d get to walk about 2 minutes into the market before he thinks a Jack Russell terrier is mean mugging him and wants to go “introduce” himself.¬† He will probably write about it in his blog.

While in the market, I come across a beautiful painting and asked the seller if he is the¬† artist.¬† He says yes and we have a limited conversation (as he isn’t selling croissants or cafe au lait, I don’t have much more French to use).¬†¬†I instantly fell in love with the painting as it seems so peaceful.

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After leaving the market with gifts for family and friends, we finally get to the the famed¬†Promenade des Anglais¬†(or “walkway for the English”).¬† It’s a 4 mile promenade along the Mediterranean Sea with stunning views of Nice around the bay.¬† This is what I had been waiting¬†for.¬† The views are absolutely gorgeous!

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As we walked down the promenade, we came across some “rollerblade¬†street performers”.¬† I have never seen anything like this.¬† They do all these rollerblade tricks to French & American hip hop music.¬† They were actually very entertaining.¬† We need that on Peachtree!

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After that, we continued down to the Palais de Mediterranee (which is gorgeous). 

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Once we completed the 4 mile walk, we headed back to our flat thru Old Town Nice. 

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Then back home to rest & blog.¬† Tomorrow — Cannes!¬† Au revoir!!!

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