Europe: Nice

We arrived in Nice via a 5.5 hour train ride from Paris on July 4th. Lets just say I wasn't too prepared for the 35 degree heat as I was wearing jeans and a sweater after it was raining in Paris. The trek to our AirBnb was therefore torture for me... we took the wrong NON air conditioned tram along with walking the wrong way before finally realizing our mistake. We hopped back on the tram and finally asked someone for help with the directions, a kind French lady walked about the 10 minute walk with us all the way to the door of our apartment! Can I just say I love when strangers are kind?! Anyways we were met by our AirBnb host who showed us our cute little apartment in the centre of Old Town Nice. (Fun fact: Napoleon Bonaparte stayed in the building next to us for 6 months way back when!) Daniel was so kind and provided us with all the information we could need and his favourite restaurant recommendations. We unloaded our stuff (and I changed into a much cooler outfit) then headed to walk around. We walked through Old Town Nice which was unbelievable. Buildings were intertwined within each other with tiny narrow streets filled with shops, bars and restaurants. We wandered got some gelato and then headed to the beach where we relaxed well into the evening. The next day we walked Old Town again, swam in the Mediterranean, suntanned until we were burnt (more so Myles), and then decided to train to Monaco. Friends had been telling us to get off mid way and wander the beaches for some cool restaurants and caves to swim in. Lets just say we failed at that because we got off at two different stops mid way and couldn't find anything, well I mean we found the beach but no caves. We continued on our way to Monaco and when we arrived we were completely lost. We had no idea what to do or where to go and could not for the life of us find any wifi. Monaco is known for the original Monte Carlo casino which has fancy cars parked all around it and to be honest it wasn't our favourite. We could are less about the casino, the fancy suits and dresses people were wearing and the expensive cars. Monaco kind of left a bad taste in our mouths so we decided to call it quits and head back to quaint little Nice. I think it was a good call on our part because it just really wasn't we wanted from this trip at all, we're more into old historic buildings and small towns. We returned to Nice and had a lovely dinner filled with lots of wine (mostly for Myles lets be honest) and delicious food! Also, we've been on track for eating gelato 2-3 times per day, lets see if we can keep this up.

Our time in Nice was short and we were already saying before we left that we want to come back again for longer. There's just something about this town that had our hearts from the time we arrived, we will be back! (But up next on the blog... our time in Barcelona, Spain!)

Europe: Paris

Chantelle and I spent 3 days in Paris. We arrived, and walked to our Airbnb hosts apartments after bussing into the city. Our host was amazing!! She sat us down and told us all of the train stations to use, and which places were worth checking out. We used the map she gave us (and marked for us) pretty much all 3 days getting around. Day 1 we went to the Eiffel Tower, and walked around to some of the surrounding neighbourhoods. Day 2 we went to Notre Dame, and climbed all 300+ stairs to the top to an amazing panoramic view of Paris. After checking out the inside of Notre Dame, we started walked towards the Louvre, where we stopped and had lunch next to the cutest little restaurant covered in Ivy. After walking around the Louvre it started raining, so we decided to hop on a train to Sacré-Cœur where the weather was much better! The cathedral on the hill was so beautiful, and the small village surrounding it had so much charm, we didn't want to leave! After wandering around, our younger sister Naomi who has been living in Paris for the last year messaged us, so we met up for some macaroons from Ladurée, and then went for a wonderful Italian dinner next to the Eiffel Tower! Our last day we walked around Invalidés, and checked out the war museum. Our final stop was to the Château de Versailles and the beautiful gardens. Words cannot describe how incredible this place was. It was huge.. and everything so lavish. If you are ever in the Paris region, do yourself a favour and GO! 

Paris was a whirlwind, but we are so glad we were able to walk the iconic city, and see the streets and monuments that make it a world wide destination!