Bienvenue à Nice. Nice is the capital of the French Rivera. Home to more than 340,000 people, it is one France’s biggest cities as well… and it was my home for three short weeks. I can’t believe my time in France has already passed and I’m sitting home in Tampa reminiscing, longing to go back. The pictures you are about to see, along with my witty commentary (for your entertainment), will not come close to fully capturing the amazing experiences I had while studying abroad in Nice.
The first couple of days abroad were kind of hard for me. I had never been outside of the United States before, so I was a little homesick. My conversational French was subpar too. I had already taken French I and II, but never really used it outside of the classroom. All of a sudden, I was immersed in the language and the beautiful culture, which took some time getting used to. During my first week abroad, I experienced rocky beaches, nights meeting up at Place Massena, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, classes solely in French, and how it feels to be without air conditioning.
The typical breakfast at my homestay consisted of bread, bread, and more bread, with a good ole café américain. Lunches varied day by day, but I mostly ate sandwiches and salads because we didn’t have much time between class and excursions. My homestay mom cooked mostly “American” food, but nonetheless it was delicious. We ate everything from Hamburgers with French Fries to Pasta with Camembert cheese. I also ate my weight in gelato.
We visited some breathtaking sights and walked the streets of Monaco, Èze, Cannes, Antibes, and Saint Paul de Vence. We saw works of Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall. We explored the Fragonard Parfumerie, where I learned how they make some the best perfumes I’ve ever smelled. We walked to one of the highest points in Nice (which felt like the top of the world) and I took a million photos.
All in all, my time in Nice was better than I could have ever imagined. I got to practice my favorite language with some of the best people and explored some of the most beautiful sights imaginable. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to study abroad and can’t wait to go back. Merci pour tout, Nice… je t’aime!