France recap #1: Nice and the Côte d'Azur

FINALLY! I am feeling human again (yay! thanks for healing thoughts!) and ready to rock and roll!

Here is the first of many recaps of our France trip. I decided to split the recaps up into region, so as to simultaneously not overwhelm you with pictures while also going into some detail about our travels.

As I mentioned here, our France travels started in the lovely city of Nice. Our hotel was in a wonderful spot, just a few short blocks away from Old Nice and right on a beautiful square complete with a requisite fountain.

Tiff_Fountain 

In Nice, we were able to visit both the Matisse and Chagall museums. Both museums were pretty small (in a good way!) and the works they held were absolutely amazing. I didn't even know I was a fan of either until our visits. I walked away knowing that I was a fan of both!

We weren't able to take pictures inside the Matisse Museum, but here's the building. To get there, you had to walk through this beautiful park.

Matisse

It was really fun to see all the kids playing outside, just living their lives. I think that's one of the things I like most about France. There's so much history and culture, but everyone simply coexists around it. And they blend it into their lives. Beautiful.

{Side note: I had this same feeling of wonder when I saw young children playing soccer outside the Pantheon in Rome. They kept bouncing the ball off the columns, just no big deal, very breezy.}

Then we took the bus a bit down the road to the Chagall Museum.  Everything was just gorgeous!

Chagall_Tree

Chagall_couple

Chagall_Tree2

IF you ever find yourself in Nice (which I would highly recommend!) and IF you ever find yourself at the Chagall Museum (which I would also highly recommend!) BE SURE to spend sometime in the garden outside. We decided to sit in a sunny spot in the grass and both wound up falling asleep. It was one of the most delicious naps of our trip, and TRUST, we took a lot of naps on this trip!

The next day we took the train to Antibes, the home of many great mega-yachts of the world and the Picasso Museum. The museum is actually housed in the building where Picasso lived and worked for about 10 years during his Rose Period. Here's one of his sculptures:

Picasso_Water 

Nice water, huh? It's easy to imagine why he was so happy there!

This is the picnic we had in the park in Antibes. And yes, we traveled overseas with a swiss army knife, non-stick cheese knife, tupperware, small cutting board, wine opener, and picnic blanket. That's just how we roll, yo. Actually, that's how Tim rolls. My only contribution was the wine opener!

Antibes_Picnic

Here are some more miscellaneous pretty things around Nice and Antibes. This is just a small offering of all the pretty that we were surrounded by.

Nice_macarons 

Nice_hilltop 

Nice_view 

Nice_flowers 

All in all, it was a wonderful start to a wonderful trip! I have decided (are you listening, Universe?) that Tim and I will move to Nice and open a sailing school. He'll run the school and do some of the teaching and I'll help with customer service and prepare lunches with market-fresh ingredients. In the spare time, I'll paint and make cards for extra income. It will be lovely!

Le sigh, I miss it already! Thanks to all of you for helping me relive our travels through the blog! Next stop...Provence!