Greetings from the French Riviera!

Greeting from Nice, France!

I hope that you have had a good spring so far. In Nice, life is good. The sun is out almost every day, and the temperature has started to be very summery. I walk about 15-20 minutes to school, and our each class lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes. During freetime, in addition to spending time in Nice, there are a lot of very nice places  to visit nearby. For example Cannes and its islands, Antibes, Monaco and Èze are worth visiting.20150402_141925Here is the view from Castle Hill overlooking Nice and its Promenade des Anglais and the old town. The airport is at the West end of the promenade, about 7,5 kilometres from the city center. The beach promenade is the best place for walks or running. There is a nice park area and good viewing points on the castle hill. There used to be a castle up on the hill, but there are only ruins left nowadays. In my course of French Culture and Civilization at IPAG Business School I have learned about the history of France and Nice. I study French language, French Culture and Civilization, Tourism Marketing and Business Strategy. 20150212_183115Above is a photo of socca, a local specialty. It is a savory crêpe made using chickpea flower, and it’s very delicious. One good place for socca is Chez Pipo near the port of Nice.

2015-02-16 09.31.51 2In Nice there’s a pebble stone beach. It isn’t very comfortable for laying on it, but it’ll do! It is lovely to sit or walk on the beach in the evenings. The water’s still very cold. There are great sand beaches in other towns nearby, and also in Nice there’s a small patch of sand beach.

2015-04-19 09.35.15 1In Nice, in addition to walking, we use the tram and buses. The tram goes around a circle, and in the picture you can see two trams going to different directions at Massena Square, which is a square in the heart of the town. Nice is one of the biggest cities in France. The old town is very different compared to the new town. In the old town the streets are more narrow. The streets were built narrow, because people wanted shade to their homes so they wouldn’t get too hot, and also it felt more safe to have narrow streets. The tourist season has started after the weather has begun to warm up. There is a daily flower and fresh produce market in Cours Saleya, which is on the edge of the old town near the sea. On Mondays there are also antique items being sold.

I also got to experience French hospital when I has an appendicitis and had the surgery here. Luckily I went to the hospital at an early state of the disease, and received very good medical care. I was happy to receive such great care in France. So anything can happen while you’re studying abroad, and make sure to have a comprehensive travel insurance.

I am very happy about my friends here! Now I will continue my day here in Nice. Have a nice day! 😉

Best wishes, Leila

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