Trading the flatness of Florida for the hills of Nice, France


I was lucky enough to be one of the eight students from USFSP to spend three weeks in Nice in the French Riviera last month. I left Florida as it began to get hot and humid at the beginning of June, and jetted off to the pleasant, historic town of Nice. As the plane began descending for landing on my arrival, I looked out of my little window on the plane and saw Nice, surrounded by the mountains on one side and the Mediterranean sea on the other, and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my current predicament. This feeling of awe and gratefulness was one I would feel many more times over the following weeks.

The program with USF had many planned activities, but also allowed quite a bit of free time so we could go off on our own and explore Nice in all its glory: its beautiful seaside that is the stuff of postcards, the beautiful waterfall perched up on a hill visable from the busy streets, the colorful buildings that are just as they were 200 years ago. While wandering around Nice, you get a sense of going back in time as you are experiencing many things just as they had been centuries ago.

The program is a great balance of classroom time, then afternoon excursions. We visited Cannes where the film festival is held, a gorgeous little village in the mountains overlooking the sea called Eze, another historic town with modern art galleries overlooking the sea called Saint Paul de Vence, the world’s second smallest country Monaco, and local museums featuring works from Matisse and Chagall.


This was a trip I’ll remember for years to come and I’m grateful to have had this opportunity. Thanks!

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