Bonjour à tous,
It has been a busy and fun two days in beautiful Nice. I have seen the city up close and personal, thanks to my very own travel guide, Malyss, from Chronicles from the Shore.
When I arrived last Friday, I was a bit anxious. Last year's trip had been so successful. How could I possibly top that? Where to start? I need not have worried. This has been a different, but equally enjoyable, visit. I have my fellow blogger - and, as of this week, new friend - to thank for that.
Malyss and I have been spending hours together over the last two days, and there is more coming tomorrow. We have walked all over Nice, but this time, I have discovered new landmarks and neighborhoods. I had asked her to show me her favorite sections of town, the native's version - I hoped - of Nissa la Bella. She has kept her word. My faithful sidekick, the Panasonic Lumix LX5 is begging for mercy. I have taken hundreds of shots. Good thing about traveling with another blogger: They totally get your need to document moments and wait patiently when you say: "Encore une!" (one more picture.)
|Another perk: There is someone who can take a few shots of me too!|
|It seems I have earned a new nickname: "Paparazette"|
Malyss and I have found out we have a lot in common. We are both Southern girls, and are only a couple of years apart. We both love to travel, and have moved around France with our families when we were younger. We have lived in foreign countries, speak several languages (Malyss, especially,) and appreciate other cultures. We love the same books; have the same cultural references; love a lot of the same movies. We had to meet.
Thanks to Malyss, I got to see another side of Nice, away from the beaten track, up in the hills above the city. I am now convinced it is impossible to take a bad picture of this photogenic Southern beauty. It is not just the dark blue skies, or the rich shades of the Mediterranean. Wherever I look, up, down, behind me: There seems to be something, or someone catching my eye. Click. Click. Click, goes the Lumix. "Oh. Ah. Magnifique. Superbe. Incroyable," exclaims the French [Americanized] tourist. Malyss is quiet and smiles often as she watches me. I suspect she finds my enthusiasm rather entertaining. And that's all right.
|Malyss knew where to take me for a special late afternoon drink...|
|My fascination with Nice façades is endless...|
I feel fortunate I got to see a side of the city that felt authentic, away from the bustling Promenade des Anglais, or the popular Vieux Nice (Old Town.) I wanted to watch locals go about their daily lives, but would not have known where to look. Malyss did. She is one of them.
I swear this city does not just have looks. It has attitude too. There are some bizarre, incroyables moments! Click. Click. Click, goes the Lumix.
|Can a truck go through the old town's narrow streets?|
This is Nice. No problem.
|If Malyss had not moved our table to the side...|
French girls know when to stop, kick back, and enjoy life, a good glass of rosé; a local dish; some ice cream... We have had many opportunities for casual conversation; talking about our families; blogging; our preference for sophisticated compact cameras; you know, the stuff two girls like to talk about-- life, love, and the pursuit of happiness...
|Life is a café terrace in Nice...|
|Best socca in Nice, I am certain (and I am planning to try it everywhere!)|
Like two old girlfriends, Malyss and I have started sharing our dreams too. She knows about one of mine, and she supports it, as it involves her city. I look at some old, abandoned houses, and imagine how grand, how magnificent, they once were; I wonder how much work it would be to bring them back to their past glory...
|Hey, Mr Toad: This shot is for you!|
I dream a dream... but for now, it is best to make short term plans. One such projet involves Le Husband and Junior. I would love for them to join me when I return next year. I spotted something today that Junior would really, really enjoy!
|Nice sailing school students have it good!|
For now, let's enjoy the present. There are still two days left, and on Thursday, lucky Moi will get to meet another fellow blogger, and discover more special places.
Merci, Malyss, for your hospitality and your generosity when sharing your city with this strange French Girl who came all the way from Seattle! Merci pour ton amitié, Marie.
|Two bloggers shooting reflections... Don't ask!|
Merci Nice, pour ton sourire... Nice, you make everyone smile.
[Almost] all photos by French Girl in Seattle
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