This trip, like most of the out-of-season trips, was spontaneous, completely unplanned. Our friends, Zbigniew and Ewa, are currently staying in Nice. On everyday basis they live in Warsaw, but bearing in mind the autumn weather, which can make life a misery, they decided to spend this time of year in Nice, where they normally work remotely, but without rain, low temperatures and widely known autumn depression. They invited me and Bartek to spend a few days in this beautiful capital of Côte d’Azur. We got to Nice by Brussels Airlines with a stopover in Brussels, and we found the tickets at a really reasonable price. On the first day, we went for dinner in the center of Nice, because we reached the city around 16.00, so there wasn’t much time left for sightseeing. We made up for it the next day. The day started with a bike trip on the 7 km-long Promenade des Anglais, which extends by the shore of the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). We also saw one of the main squares, which is Massena Square with a beautiful fountain in its center. The sun and the beautiful views quickly made me forget about the gray Warsaw.
After the bikes, it was time for… a car, we went to Monaco. Supposedly, you can also get there by bus and train, from which the latter is especially recommended, because there will be gorgeous views. We could also also could admire them from the car, and they really make an impression. In Monaco, we parked right next to the huge yachts, the prices of which were striking, but hardly surprising, in the end, in that country-city falls most millionaires per square kilometer! I have to admit that this is one of the cleaner, if not the cleanest city which I’ve been to. Wealth can be seen and felt at every step. For those who don’t know, there are Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco organized, and the state is ruled by Albert II. Images of the prince and his wife can be seen in every shop and restaurant in Monaco. I was shocked by the fact that in order to be a resident in that country, you should only buy a property here, be recommended by three other residents of the principality, provide a Criminal Record Bureau disclosure, as well as deposit at least half a million Euro to bank accounts in Monaco…
After seeing the place, where I felt overwhelmed by so much splendor, we went to the medieval village of Eze, which is on the way to Nice from Monaco. The town is located more than 400 meters above sea level and so the views from there are unique! Eze is a very eagerly visited town, but we managed to see it without the crowds of tourists, due to the fact that we came there out of season. The streets were almost deserted, and passing between the walls of this medieval city, you could imagine how much history it has behind. Frankly, I liked Eze even more than Monaco, because it was covered with such a magical aura and we felt like we stepped back in time.
But in the end, we had to come back to reality and to Nice. We’ll be here for a few days before we return to Warsaw, where we are supposed to be found by temperatures below zero and snow… We try to enjoy those last moments. I would definitely recommend such autumn break to anyone, in order to recharge the batteries for the next months. We are not afraid of snow anymore!
Photos: Ewa Kopiczyńska
iPhone Photos: Anna Nieszczerzewicz [Anka]
translation: Agnieszka Wawiórko