Villefranche-sur-Mer and Château de Nice

One Sunday, my friends and I decided to take a quick trip to the town right next to Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer.  We hopped on the train for about a five minute trip, then just sat on the beach for a few hours.  We got ice cream and headed back right as it started to rain!  It was the first time it’s rained since I’ve been here, other than a drizzle on my first full day in town- the day I spent in bed with a cold.

Some photos from the day!

Me and Sam on the train.

Meg and me right after we got down to the water.

The water was soo blue and there were a ton of sailboats right offshore. Ignore the naked child that was running around! 🙂

Some other (clothed) kids were making sand/rock angels.

The beach was still rocks, but they were small ones, unlike in Nice- it was perfect! No sand sticking to you, but comfy to sit and lay on.

David and Sarah were the only ones to go swimming.

Friends! Clockwise: Sam, Lau, Meg, Phoebe, David.  Sarah had already left at this point to go home and shower the saltwater off her!

Meg took some group shots that turned out funny…

I am mad cheesin’ in this photo.

We decided that this photo made us look like a boy band!  I believe I was texting someone back in the States and didn’t realize a photo was being taken. Whoops!

Being here is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before!

The following week, my new French friend Lau took me up to the Chateau de Nice, which I believe is where the photo at the top of my blog was taken (right, Tyler??).

First, I saw this memorial near the port and the ocean.  I had ran by it before but never noticed it!

France has tons of memorials for those “morts pour la France.”

After taking the elevator up to the Chateau, there’s a really cool waterfall- unfortunately, that day it wasn’t running and it looked pretty ugly.  Oh well, another day!

Cascade is the French word for waterfall.

Then we stopped at one of the many lookout spots on the Chateau.

Such a beautiful view.

Deep thinking.

There are the remains of an old 11th or 12th century cathedral.

There was a sign with a virtual reconstruction of what the cathedral looked like.

There’s also a cool Spiderman-like web that we climbed up.

I told Lau that I was sure my dad would climb up this when he visited and he thought that was hilarious! True, right Dad?

This is Elton John’s vacation home.  It’s way far away on a distant hill/mountain, I just zoomed in a lot.

So cool!

A view in another direction.

I love this setting on my camera!

Obligatory photo of me in front of the scenery…

It was such a beautiful view.

The last thing we did was go to a Jewish cemetery right by the Chateau.

Engraved on the pillar on the left, it said that that urn contains the ashes of those killed at Auschwitz.

So those are a couple of trips I’ve taken lately!  There’s a lot to see in this general area and I am slowly seeing it all!

Also, Emmy came with me!

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10 thoughts on “Villefranche-sur-Mer and Château de Nice

  1. Dad

    Two things: In the naked child picture is the mother sans vêtements also?
    And this Lau fellow, has he had a sheltered life.

  2. Afton

    Beautiful sights! And it looks like you’re getting a tan!

    Also- Kelsey, head down, texting? No, I don’t believe she ever does that!

  3. Mom

    Beautiful photos once again and great to see the sights and friends!

  4. Aunt Con

    Have you read Sarah’s Key? It is about the WWII and how the French captured Jews based on a true story. I saw the movie also. A real tear jerker.

  5. Loretta

    You look great! And like you are having a great time1 Love, Loretta

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