nice, côte d'azur, france - sunbathing, shopping, and nursing a hangover in the south of france

hello! i'm fresh back from greece and about to head out to croatia, so i thought i'd better post this set of photos (from back in may... .ahem...) from our very laid-back and low-key third and last day in the south of france. [the first two posts are here and here.]

negresco, nice, côte d'azur, france

to fully explain our last day, we need to back up to the day before. we had a late breakfast/lunch at 1pm, where the main nutritional component was rosé...

then we we got home, i was hungry for a snack, and the only food in the fridge was a mini bottle of champagne. i mean, i had no choice. i would've starved to death without those alcohol calories, probably, so.

port de nice, côte d'azur, france

then as the sun set, we walked around the port to a seafood restaurant that was packed to the brim, every table full of mussels.


and i ordered an entire carafe of white wine and then alex ordered a beer, and i realized i was left to drink the thing myself. i mean, i couldn't waste it, you know?


it was a beautiful night, so when we got home, we opened another bottle of wine on the roof while snacking on some chocolate for dessert.


and when i woke up in the morning, for the first five minutes, i was like, "yes! i feel great! let's do this day!"

port de nice, côte d'azur, france

and it really was a beautiful morning.



nice, côte d'azur, france

nice, côte d'azur, france

we walked along the water into town to get brunch.


alex felt great.


and i felt.... well, this face says it all.

alex says, "michelle, SMILE."


fake it 'til you make it.

nice, côte d'azur, france


nice, côte d'azur, france

nice, côte d'azur, france

nice, côte d'azur, france

looking for brunch!

socca, nice, côte d'azur, france

breakfast was, naturally, beer and socca -- a very typical dish of the region, sort of a very thin and flaky pancake/crepe made from chickpea flour, olive oil, and water.

i did NOT order a beer.

nice, côte d'azur, france


nice, côte d'azur, france

debated getting a tattoo, and instead decided on gelato.


from fenocchio, of course.

nice, côte d'azur, france


nice, côte d'azur, france

on our walk home, we stopped by the sprawling market on the cours saleya.

cours saleya, nice, côte d'azur, france

which was easily the absolute best flea market i've ever seen in my life.

cours saleya, nice, côte d'azur, france

such an amazing array of fascinating stuff. i bought a handmade purse from african-sourced fabric, and we debated a huge vintage print on cloth -- but balked at the 500 euro price tag (yikes!)

cours saleya, nice, côte d'azur, france

next time, we vowed to come back with a car to load up with as much as we possible could bring back to basel.

nice, côte d'azur, france

nice, côte d'azur, france

one last walk around the port...

port de nice, côte d'azur, france

port de nice, côte d'azur, france

port de nice, côte d'azur, france

port de nice, côte d'azur, france


port de nice, côte d'azur, france

port de nice, côte d'azur, france


a final goodbye to our incredible apartment's private roof terrace....

port de nice, côte d'azur, france



and then we changed into swim gear and walked along the boardwalk in search of a good spot to swim and sunbathe and, of course, grab lunch.

beau rivage, nice, côte d'azur, france

negresco, nice, côte d'azur, france

beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

there are maybe a dozen beaches to choose from; each of these photos is from a different private beach (and in between the private beaches are public sand to spread out on for free).

beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

we settled on castel, closest to our apartment, and least over-stuffed.

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

menu (of food, drinks, and beach offerings -- lounge, bed, umbrella, towel, etc.) looked promising.

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

and we immediately ripped off our clothes and jumped into the water to cool down.

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france


and followed up with lunch. starting with an ice cold bottle of rosé, natch (i was back on the drinking train again, amazingly).

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france


this photo could not sum me up better: a licked-clean plate & pouring another round.


our entertainment during this lunch was a tiny adorable pit bull puppy, who was extremely focused on mouthing all of the rocks. i will save you the 6,000 pictures i took of and with him.


and then, one final dip was in order, before we lugged ourselves to the airport.

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

castel beach, nice, côte d'azur, france

boardwalk, nice, côte d'azur, france

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