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La Plage!!!

Well, Happy Bastille Day everyone!!! (It was Friday) We took the train to Nice in the morning and arrived there around 14h00, checked into our hotel, and wandered around the city for a while. That evening, after dinner, we walked down to the beach for FIREWORKS (how great is that? I missed the 4th yet still managed to see some fireworks at the beach this year!)!!! They were just beautiful, with all the colors reflecting on the water and the French national athem playing in the background. However, I would still love to have a cookout when I get home; the French really aren't into the whole hamburger and hotdog thing!

Saturday morning we got up and went to the beach for a little bit, then took a train to Monaco for the day.

Monaco - beautiful buildings, n'est pas?
I absolutely loved Monaco! One of the first things I noticed was how clean the city was...no graffitti anywhere, nor trash. The entire city of Monte Carlo is basically built into the side of a cliff surrounding the harbor, which makes for some beautiful views from the top but also means LOTS AND LOTS of stairs. Seriously, I think we climbed thousands on Saturday.

First, we went to Les Jardins Exotiques and saw lots of pretty plants. We also happened upon a cave that we didn't realize was there, and happily arrived at exactly right time for a tour of said cave. It was very cool (both "cool" in the slang sense and "cool" in the literal sense - it was a welcome relief from the unbearable 38° temperature...)! Lol, however, as we entered the cave, we kept walking down and down and down and down and down..

Monaco again
.all the while wondering if we were going to have to walk all the way back up the stairs, or if by chance they had built some lovely elevator or something. No such luck. We got all the way down. Then we walked all the way back up. We're talking a LOT of stairs here, people. But it was worth it, a very interesting experience!!

After the cave we made our way to the "musee des voitures," the car collection of the prince of Monaco. (Easier said than done. Usually if I have a map, I'm good to go...Amy as well...I mean, we've successfully navigated several foreign cities to this point without incident. However, the map of Monaco we had was just about one of the most confusing I've ever seen; either that or the streets were really poorly labeled; maybe a combination of the two....but we found it eventually!) The car museum was interesting, but even better, it was air-conditioned!!!(did I mention the heat wave we're in yet?)

Finally, we climbed (again!) up the hill to the palace grounds.

Les Jardins Exotiques
We didn't have time to go in the palace, but simply enjoyed the view!

Sunday morning we went to the plage - yay! a tad bit uncomorftable what with the ROCKS and all (no sand ici!), but beautiful water nonetheless. It was quite refreshing!

On the train trip home, I wound up having to take a later train than everybody else (I think it had to do with the fact that I was using my Eurrail pass for the trip instead of buying a ticket...). I had to take a train to Marseilles, switch there, then to Montpellier. NEITHER train was airconditioned. I've almost become used to being drenched in sweat 24/7... happily, though, I met a girl on the first train from the University of IL, who I wound up having a ton in common with - so even though I had to travel apart from the rest of the group, I got to make a new friend! Always fun!

All in all, an excellent, relaxing weekend. I actually slept in until 08h30 one day!!!! I think that's the latest I've slept in since coming here...

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La Plage!!!
La Plage!!!
Monaco - beautiful buildings, nes…
Monaco - beautiful buildings, n'e…
Monaco again
Monaco again
Les Jardins Exotiques
Les Jardins Exotiques
The cave with millions and million…
The cave with millions and millio…
The Musee des Voitures - the car c…
The Musee des Voitures - the car …
haha...a funny tourist sign that s…
haha...a funny tourist sign that …
the official crest of Monaco flyin…
the official crest of Monaco flyi…
more pretty flowers...with a pile …
more pretty flowers...with a pile…
me, with the harbor of Monaco in t…
me, with the harbor of Monaco in …
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