A Nice Birthday (pun intended)

Trip Start Jan 03, 2009
Trip End Jun 18, 2009

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Sunday, February 8, 2009

Well, it was my birthday yesterday and I had a great one, so I thought I would let you guys know what I did! At midnight the night before my birthday, I was with my roommates and some other friends, we went dancing and I had a great time.

The next day, I woke up pretty early to go on a guided tour of Nice with my study abroad group. I was the only one out of my roommates that was actually able to get up, so I went to the train station and met up with the rest of the group. The whole morning, we walked around Nice and a guide told us history and interested tid bits about the city. It has a lot of Italian influence, not only because it is very close to the border, but also because it used to be apart of Italy.

I would separate the city into four parts, new town, old town, the port and the mountain. The new town has a brand new trolley system, big stores like Virgin and H&M and next week there will be a Carnival! You can already see them setting up for it and it looks like it will be huge. There is also a ferris wheel in the new town. The old town was built in the 17th century and has small, winding streets. I especially like all of the little shops and the market with fresh flowers and local fruits and vegetables. The port is on the other side of a big mountain, which I walked up twice in one day. At the top is a park and some great views.

When my study abroad program director heard it was my birthday, she bought everyone socca for lunch. It is a French Riviera specialty like kinda of looks like a crepe but it is made of chick-pea flower and is scraped into a pile and covered with pepper. It was really good, the only thing I could compare it to was a KFC biscuit. After walking all over Nice in the morning, Ross came to town and we walking around even more!

I decided to wear rain boots because I was told it would rain. It was an awful idea, first of all because it didn't rain and second of all because my feet hurt after just a few hours. Ross and I went up to the top of the mountain, did a little shopping in the new part of town and wandered the old town streets. We took lots of pictures and had a lot of fun. We went out to dinner at a restaurant that makes their own pasta. It was so small and quaint that they didn't accept credit card. I ordered pasta with red sauce and Ross ordered Carbonara, which we forgot was fettuccine alfredo but I ended up eating the fettuccine and he had the regular pasta. We also had minestrone to start and warm up and red wine with our pasta. We didn't end up getting dessert because we didn't have enough cash and we were both really full! We wanted to get glaces (gelato) but once we stepped outside, we knew it was too cold for ice cream.

It was a good thing that we didn't get dessert because when we got back to my apartment, my roommates were waiting with a huge apple tart that looked and tasted like apple pie. It was a really great day and I hope you enjoy the pictures. Talk to you soon! Kenna
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