I’m back from Germany!! …and I leave for London tomorrow. I had an AMAZING time in Cologne and Berlin and just got done sorting the nearly 300 photos I took. At least two, probably three, blog posts will be coming about my time there, but due to my penchant for things being in chronological order, you get this post first!
Last Sunday I went to church in Nice for the first time. It was an English speaking church that I found through AngloInfo, a site for English-speaking expats all over the world, and I absolutely loved it!! It reminded me of churches back home and I am definitely planning on going most Sunday evenings (the service is at 6:30). Everyone there was so welcoming from the moment I walked up to the building and I met a few cool people: Kimberly, who is a New Yorker studying in Nice and who I might go to a women’s Bible study with, and these two guys from Africa who are in the French legion and were just visiting Nice.
The guys (Joubert and Derik) wanted to see Nice, so I met up with them on Monday afternoon. We walked around Vieux Nice, went up to the Chateau, and got a drink. It was fun to talk to them about life in Africa (Joubert is from South Africa and Derik is from Namibia) and what it’s like to be in the Legion (basically the French army).
After a few hours I left to meet up with three girls from out of town- they’re assistants about 45 minutes away from Nice and needed a place to stay so I offered my apartment. We had dinner and a few drinks then headed back to my place to watch a movie and sleep.
The next day, I met up with the African guys in Vieux Nice and we headed up into the mountains- Derik had never seen snow!! The scenery was beautiful, the weather was chilly but not too bad, and it was really fun to see SEASONS- changing leaves and snow!!
We stopped partway up at some military base-type-thing so Joubert could say hi to a major he knew there. While they were inside, I took a few pics!
When we made it to the top, we parked the car and started hiking up the mountain, but first, we HAD to play in the snow a little bit!
The views were absolutely breathtaking.
When we got near the top, we found a clear spot and sat down to enjoy some coffee and tea. The guys, being in the legion, had all the necessary stuff.
We couldn’t go any higher because it was a ski slope, so after we sat and relaxed for awhile we started a roundabout way back down.
When we got back down to where we parked, we ate at a little cafe. We all had something called a tarteflette- it was bits of meat (ham or bacon, I think), cheese, bread, potatoes, and cream sauce all baked together in a little dish. It was delicious but so heavy and filling! Derik ate half of mine. (Edit: the cafe was called Le Refuge and the town we were in was called Péone.)
I tried to snap some pics on the way down so you could see what the scenery looked like, but it was tough!
When we got back down, we went to Antibes, a small town near Nice. We didn’t do much there, just walked around and looked and the beautiful boats docked there and walked through Vieux Antibes.
There is an absinthe bar in Vieux Antibes- apparently there are only a couple places in France where it’s legal to sell absinthe and this is one of them. We did NOT go in or partake!
Then when I got home from the day, I still had to pack and get ready for my trip to Germany! I managed, though, and left to go to the airport early the next morning. Next post (whenever I get it written): Cologne, Germany!