I landed back in Nice on Saturday afternoon and after settling into my appartment, I went for a stroll on the promenade. Nice, yet again, seemed so lively to me- there were saxophonists busking, street artists painting glass, pavement and canvases, and women doing hair-braids. There were lots of people, yet everyone seemed to be camly enjoying their evening wander. I discovered that I would be in Nice during the NiceJazzFestival – that will be fun to listen to on the beach while having a swim, after work !
On Sunday, after having enjoyed a continental breakfast of coffee, bread, jam, croissants and juice in one of the squares (feeling so very French!), I explored the fruit and veg market by the station to stock up on peaches and nectarines, all so much bigger, juicier and cheaper than in England ! I then amused myself with high-street window shopping, making lots of mental notes of stylish clothes and shoes that I may just have to go and buy – all of my language student friends and I have the aim of making our wardrobes worthy of well-travelled language students by the time we return to Exeter in final year.
In the afternoon, I decided to take the 10 minute train to Beaulieu-sur-mer, a very pretty, sandy beach in a cove with a diving board and private sunlounger and parasol hire (the typical picture-postcard French riveriera). I spent the rest of the day sunbathing, swimming, reading and eating a home-made picnic of fresh bread, cheese, salami and fruit, followed by an ice-cream (naturellement !)- I think I could get used to this each afternoon after spending my days of working in the offices of alpha.b.