Discovering the French Riviera
Today’s weather was fine, with a high of 26 degrees, which was a boon for us! It was our second day in Nice, and we began today’s journey at 10am with a brief bus ride through the sunny south to St Paul de Vence. This is a little village of shops and houses on a hilltop and one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, well known for its artists and art galleries. Many famous celebrities throughout history have chosen to dwell in this tiny place and it attracts a lot of (often wealthy) international visitors. In the peak season the cobblestone streets are crammed with tourists, over 2 million each year! Maddie and a few others chose to try a local pizzeria for lunch, where they were served pizza the equivalent of 3 and ½ hands!
After lunch, we continued on to the Matisse museum, which tantalised the art buffs among the group with an array of abstract beauties. After this cultural experience, we headed back to Nice and had a tour of a sweet factory next to the port with the millionaires’ yachts. We stopped briefly at our accommodation for a short break before a few people decided to go out for a spot of shopping!
Ben Houlahan and Maddie Hill