Côte d’Azur has been my dream destination for many years in a row. This winter Nikita and I finally got the chance to visit the South of France for the very first time. The reason to go there was my 24th birthday and my desire to escape from winter to a place of eternal spring, where the sky is always clear, where the air is salty and fresh, where every corner is a delight for the eyes. Now I can say for sure, the South of France was the right choice. I can barely imagine a more beautiful and romantic place for a celebration. Everything about that trip was so perfect, from our lovely apartment to the sceneries we saw and the feelings we were filled with. The moments when we were there felt like heaven to me. It was a dream come true and I couldn’t ask for more on my birthday.
The weather was so great in early February (approx. +18). Also, we were lucky enough to observe the gorgeous blooming of mimosas and magnolias that has begun right before our arrival. Our days in Nice consisted of sleeping in, exploring the city, going to the local market for some olives and french cheese, playing on the beach, cooking pasta at home, enjoying the sweet smell of the air, and just having fun. This time we allowed ourselves to be more spontaneous in general by saying “YES” to everything new and unexpected. We did not even make a plan of the entire trip before going so we were choosing places to visit in the Côte d’Azur intuitively.
Despite the fact that the main place of our stay was Nice, we also managed to go to Monaco to admire the famous casino with the stunning atrium of marble and gold, as well as the Monte Carlo area as a whole. Another city that was spontaneously added to our trip is Villefranche-sur-Mer, which I noticed from the train window on the way to Monaco. I was fascinated by the magical secluded beach with crystal-clear blue water and yachts swaying on the horizon. However, it turned out that the beach is not the only attraction of Villefranche. There are also located an old chapel, the royal port, the citadel of the 16th century, and few interesting museums, where we have spent several hours. Overall, it was a really beautiful week and such a treat to be able to experience it all with Nikita.
I guess this escape to the Cote d’Azur became a sort of medicine for me and literally brought me back to life after a long exhausting winter. While walking along the streets of magnificent Nice and laying on the beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer, I realized how much I missed the warm sun and salty moist air…I looked at the sea with pure delight as if I had seen it for the first time. Now, this is another priceless memory that I will keep in my heart.
The south of France is a pure dream. Each of its corners, even the most distant and unknown, deserves attention. It’s a perfect place to celebrate life, eat carbs with no regrets, walk between eucalyptus trees, explore old cities, meet sunrises and sunsets, drink wine, listen to the sea…What else is needed for happiness?
I love you France!