Magical Côte d’Azur

After being in Cologne for my first business trip, last Friday, I headed to the airport again since Vicki and I went to Nice to visit Tanita. Although I had already been to the Côte d’Azur three years ago for a language course, I was excited to be back again. And approaching Nice, I also remembered why: azure water as far as the eye can see.

Once we landed, we dropped off our bags at the hotel Tanita was working at and went for breakfast at Paper Plan. From there, we headed towards the city center, crossed Place Masséna, walked through the old town, and then up to the Château de Nice to enjoy the best views of the city and the beach. Later, we picked up Tanita at work and checked in at our Airbnb. On the way to get some groceries for dinner, we headed to the city again for some ice cream at Fenocchino, which probably has the most extensive range of ice cream flavors I’ve ever seen.

On our second day, we met Julia for breakfast at Déli Bo, before leaving Nice around noon to explore other cities along the Côte d’Azur. First, we stopped in Antibes, where we spent a few hours strolling around the city and had lunch. In Cannes, our second stop, we walked from the train station towards the city center, down to the harbor, and passed by Palais des Festivals et des Congrès as well as Hôtel de Ville. And, of course, we also walked along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette, got some coffee and crepes at Crème de la Crepe, and took the train back to Nice. After a long day of exploring, we spent the evening at our Airbnb and got some rest for our last day.

While Tanita was already at work for two hours, Vicki and I slept a bit longer, packed our bags, and checked out of our Airbnb. Later, we picked Tanita up at work and took the bus to Monaco. There, we first went to see the Casino de Monte-CarloHôtel de Paris, and Café de Paris, where we had coffee and cake. From there, we went to the harbor and Palais des Princes de Monaco, headed to the Oceanographic Museum, and passed through the Jardins de Saint-Martin. Back in Nice, we spent the rest of the time with Tanita at the hotel while waiting for our flight to Barcelona. Although we were supposed to leave around 10 pm, the flight was delayed by more than 3 hours and even was canceled and rescheduled for 12.25 am the next day. So, we had to go back to the check-in counter, where we at least got an accommodation voucher and thus spent one more night at an airport hotel in Nice before finally heading back to Barcelona on Monday morning again.

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