Nice France circa 2014
Nice was not in our original Europe trip plan. We wanted to go to Prague at first, but one thing led to another we had to forgo it and picked Spain instead. And that somehow led to us staying in Nice for a couple of days. And as usual, I was glad for this little detour. Nice was not a love in the first sight, I am not even sure it was love, but I more than warmed up to Nice France. It’s not something I would recommend for a short visit, but it’s definitely somewhere I could see myself living as a local. Like Melbourne.
We stayed in one of the old apartment buildings, the one with a balcony. I am a sucker for old buildings. Standing on the balcony, even when it was too chilly to relax with a cup of coffee, I really understood the charm of French living. I bet you wouldn’t want to pass it if you have the chance.
May I nominate Promenade des Anglais as the creepiest landmark I have ever seen, creepier than the pissing boy statue in Brussels. My first thought when I saw it was “what did he do to be punished by sitting on top of the pole?” Everytime we passed by the palazzo I tried to avoid any eye contact with it by all means necessary, but the pink sky was too gorgeous to be ignored.
Downtown Nice, France filled with hybrid Asian restaurants. Some called themselves Chinese, others put Vietnamese, one even mentioned Korean on the signboards. Inside you could find cuisines from different regions in Asia, including Thailand and India, though not Korea.
These foods tasted almost identical, I couldn’t differentiate chicken ananas from chicken curry. But it was okay in term of value for money. So much so, we ate at the same type of restaurant both nights we were there.
One of the busiest streets in Nice has two Pinocchio gelateria standing opposite to each other. We spent hours inside, sharing waffles (not as good as Brussels’), drinking countless glasses of rose and munching on macaroons. Good times cuzs!
In Nice you could get away with just putting a signboard and shoebox, people even were kind enough to give some money. If I pull the same stunt in my home town, Jakarta, these would be stolen in five minutes, with me inside, being kidnapped. Years of sitting in the business school don’t guarantee to teach you such valuable entrepreneurial skill; with a little dash of creativity, make your money work for you.
What I had in mind was “look at the little red riding hood by the fruit stand!” What I captured was dark alley, boxes of fruits, a pissed off father, and a car, which essentially ruined the quaintness I was aiming for.
Our Nice AirBnB apartment had an old fashioned elevator. I have only seen it on TV before, so it was kinda exciting. Everytime I rode in it, I channeled Lady Mary. Now only I realized I never seen any elevator scene in Downton Abbey. Hey, TV boss what’s up with that? Also, have you considered my proposal of Lady Mary having an Asian second cousin?
One last thing about Nice France is that there were flocks of birds flying in different directions all the time. It’s pretty amusing until one of them shat on you.
Now tell me what’s the weirdest landmark you have ever seen? Also, have you ever visited a place you rather live in instead of just seeing it for a few days?