Postcards from Jiles
Thursday, 9 May 2019
Bonjour mes amis!
Today was our last day getting on a tour bus. lol. We’re anchored out off the coast of Monaco for nearly two days so we decided to take a family field-trip to Nice for a bit of beach and a wine tasting. The bus ride was picturesque and took about 20- 30 minutes.
We were total tourists today. Right down to the goofy *bright* orange headset dangling around our necks. smh. But it was a nice way to hear a bit about the sites of a city we’re only spending half a day in.
We saw some sites. There’s statues, of course. And beautiful park area. The French really know how to do parks! They get that details matter. You can tell that in their pubic spaces . . . and their food. lol. Saw people picnicing and kiddos playing (on attractive play equipment of good quality).
Nice is the capital of the Côte d’Azur and the beach actually doesn’t have sand here. Instead it’s a bunch of lightly colored smooth rocks about the size of a little less than half of the palm of your hand. Miles and I stopped at a restaurant on the beach, Opera Plage, for some wine before our wine tasting. lol.
The city has a great vibe. It’s Miles’ favorite stop so far on the trip and he’s already decided we’re coming back. No argument here! It’s actually the 2nd most visited city in France next to Paris.
I can see why Nice attracted artists like Henri Matisse. The city boasts a Musée Matisse as well as a Musée Marc Chagall — two of my favorite artists! I can see how the colors alone in Nice would inspire artists. It’s the first time I ever really “got” what the color Azur blue was.
Actually, considering how old France is, in general, the term Cote d’Azur is rather a baby. It only dates back to 1887 when a book was published called La Cote d’Azur by Stéphen Liégeard. Voila! The French Riviera’s new name was born and embraced. It literally translates to the coast of azur. It’s seriously the most stunning blue! Looks a little different than our Potomac. lol.
We just loved sitting on the beach staring out at the Azur blue waters with the beach front promenade and beautiful architecture housing so many luxury hotels and museums behind us. Yep. We’re definitely coming back!
À votre santé!!!
xxx, Jenjen & Miles
p.s. Our wine tasing was a hoot! He’s a real showman. We’ll tell you more about it when we get home.
p.p.s. If you’re not already, be sure to follow our adventures on Instagram!