It's that time of year when the British weather is rubbish and you start dreaming of the summer. I am for sure, in fact, I'm already browsing the budget travel sites for pre summer deals.
Now I have a full time job and a little extra disposable income (emphasise on the 'little') I feel it's the perfect time to go exploring other countries & cultures and can't wait to start travelling around.
Last October, my besties and I booked a long weekend, city break to Nice, France. Initialling I was worried that it would be cold but it was surprisingly mild for the time of year, with the sun just managing to creep through.
None of us had been to Nice before so it was perfect for exploring. We flew from London straight to Nice, where we had booked an apartment through Airbnb. It was perfect for the 3 of us and I always enjoy the option of self catering so you can save money on eating out for every meal time. We were greeted by the flat owner who was crucial in aiding us with all the tourist information we needed, as well as guiding us as to where the good places to eat & go out in the city were. We made ourselves at home and then got ready for our evening out. Wayne's was recommended to us - a bar in the centre of Nice's old town, which was home to live music and full to capacity the Saturday night we were there. Just imagine; live music, good wine (when in France!) & dancing on tables. It was quite the experience and SO much fun! Nice itself had a lot to keep you occupied, beautiful streets to walk around and a local market. We were told the market changed from day to day; so one day it was jewellry, books & trinkets, on other days it would be food & drink for instance. Of course there was the beach t and plenty of historical landmarks and viewpoints spanning the whole of the coastal city.
Unbeknown to us (until the lovely Airbnb man let us know) Monaco was a short train journey away so that was our plan for the quiet Sunday. If you haven't been to Monaco, it's beautiful and you definitely should go! For such a tiny country (the second smallest don't you know - which we learnt on the tourist train round the country!) it was rich in history & beautiful architecture. The main attraction was the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Sealife Centre on a bigger scale, Monaco style basically! I'd love to go back in the summertime to experience the buzz around the Monaco Grand Prix.
Being a vegetarian abroad can be quite stressful. I'd suggest learning the term in the language of the country you are visiting as trying to explain with hand gestures and single words can be tricky! In a country that is notorious for their delicious food, most including meat or fish, the options were minimal. My diet for the weekend was mainly pizza & pasta, but you didn't see we complaining. What better excuse to eat pizza everyday! If I were ever to go Vegan I'm really not sure how I would get by. There's an idea for a TV show right there...'The Vegetarian/Vegan Abroad'!
On our last day, with a few hours to burn before our flight back to sunny England, we decided to spend our remaining spending money in the centre of Nice. We were thrilled to find that the centre of Nice was quite the fashion destination and indulged in a little retail therapy and an ice cream, I mean, can a holiday really be called a holiday if you don't have an ice cream? Although delayed, our flight back was incredible as we got a sneak peak into the flight deck and met the pilot, can tick that off the bucket list now!