After an incredibly long day, I slept in as long as I could before check out at the hostel. I spent the morning time in the cafe downstairs working on my computer while two of my hostel friends, Gavin from San Diego and Isabella England (and San Diego), visited the Pantheon, and Natasha figured out where she was going to travel next. Once Gavin and Isabella finished exploring, Natasha and I met them for lunch. We were going to go to a specific restaurant called Luzzi, but we only knew it’s approximate location. We walked around 4 blocks for fifteen minutes looking for it until we gave up and decided to eat at another restaurant we had passed. When we sat down, Natasha looked up at the name of the restaurant...it was Luzzi! We enjoyed out time together because we were all going our own ways soon afterwards. I departed the three of them to meet up with Sophia at the Dalí exhibit. We had agreed to meet at 4, but I was running 10 minutes late. I had no way of contacting her so I hope that she would be still waiting for me when I arrived. She wasn’t, so I figured she was running late and so I waited for her. Fifteen, twenty, fifty minutes at five o’clock I gave up and was going to head for the train station. But before I left the steps of the museum, I noticed an American-looking girl sitting near me. I asked her if she spoke spoke English and she responded “aren’t you Sophia’s friend?” It was Brittany from Sophia’s Rome Studies Program, who I had seen the day before! I felt stupid for not recognizing her earlier, but I also gave her a hard time for not saying anything to me. I even had my UT hat hanging on my backpack! Brittany was waiting on Sophia and Joanna, so I waited with her. When they were finished with the museum, we were able to meet up. We found a way onto the roof of the Victor Emmanuel to take some great photos of the city.
There was a massive set of stairs leading down from the building and an attached cathedral.
I followed their group around to spend a little more time with Sophia before I had headed back to meet up with Gavin and Isabella.
My next destination was Nice, France, and they were headed to Paris so we booked the same trains as far as we could. Because our train didn’t leave until 11:50 p.m. and we had some time to kill, we took a short trip to the Trevie Fountain to see it lit up at night.
Needless to say, the fountain is beautiful in the day or at night. Gavin and Isabella had not thrown their coins into the fountain, so they did so accordingly.
It must be because of the tripod on the backpack, but I get a lot people asking me to take photos for them! Of course I don’t mind, but it’s funny how often I am taking photos for others. Gavin got me in action.
We made it to the train on time and headed off for Genova (Genoa), Italy on an overnight train and then on to Ventimiglia in the morning where I had to say goodbye to the two of them.
When I arrived in Nice, France, I was blown away. The city was clean and bright, but still had all of the charm and history such a city should have.
I couldn’t stop from smiling when I was there because it made you feel good to be there.
I went to a Subway for lunch and free WiFi in order to find a hostel for a few nights. I stumbled on Saint Expodeous Beach, which was right in the heart of the city and only a five minute walk from the beach! Unlike some other hostels I’ve been in, this one was much larger and had a lot going on, for better and worse. So I unpacked my things and headed out into the city to explore. I found even more charm in this French Riviera town as I walked down the Promenade des Anglais.
The beach has naturally occurring rocks in stead of sand.
A little twist from the norm, but still wonderful. The airport runway was situated so the planes flew right over the bay as they took off.
I hiked up to the chateau which perches over the city to get some good photos and attempt a time lapse.
Still, the views were amazing and yet again I had many families asking for my assistance. When I returned home after a delicious dinner in the market, I met Kevin who was sleeping in the bed next to me. Turns out, he also graduated from The University of Texas and he also was an economics major! We enjoyed an evening of conversation with Paulina, from Poland, and another friend from our room from Coyotto, a small island nation between African and Madagascar. So far, France has been very impressive and I can’t wait to see more of it! As I write this, I am about to arrive in Paris by train, so I will let you know about my adventures here in Paris and in Monaco (yesterday) in the next post.