There’s something about the beginning of this year that has really jolted me into a refreshed and motivated frame of mind. Some of it stems from the holidays coming to an end, and feeling my mind and time free up, but I attribute most of it to being completely mobile again. I spent the last six weeks of 2017 in a full-leg brace and crutches, with a serious case of feeling like a bump-on-a-log. Now that my body is nearly back to normal, I find my mind skipping from one thought to the next of things that I need to do, want
The striking views of Nice from atop Castle Hill
Shopping Nice’s daily market for dinner ingredients…where due to the abundant amount of appetizing foods, we extended it to lunch and snack shopping as well.
Snacking on mini macarons…whose adorableness seemed to make them all the better.
Colorful buildings set against a vibrant blue sky.
Relaxing in Villefranche, where we rotated between eating and beachside lounging. Hello, perfect day!
Eating our way through the 90+ flavors offered by Fenocchio Glacier ice creamery. We knocked four off of the list, but boy we could have done some major damage had we been there longer.
Visiting our second of three city-states, Monaco. (Only Rome is left!)
The stalagmites and stalactites at the Observation Cave in Monaco were incredible. I felt like I was on the set of The Goonies.
Riding the Promenade des Anglais via Velo Bleu bike rentals.
This past June, Ricky and I ventured in France – first in Paris, then in the Côte d’Azur. Between the cityscape and endless sites of Paris, to the calm vibe and picturesque views of the Riviera, we felt both invigorated and relaxed. It was just the type of balance that we were hoping for!
Although I feel like I could deem every moment of the trip as a favorite, here are the moments that truly left me feeling like I was on cloud nine.
Happening upon markets, quaint streets, and adorable building facades.
Taking in the astonishingly beautiful architecture and stained glass of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Croissants and baguettes a-plenty.
Climbing the Eiffel Tower…
…and the subsequent views.
Passing time at a street café with drinks and french onion soup, as the rain poured around us.
Renting bicycles from Velib, and riding through the city.
Marveling at the sheer size of the Louvre, not even to mention its tremendous art collection.
Spending time along the Seine.
Snacking on delicious crêpes.
Relaxing in the Champ de Mars.
Stay tuned for my French Riviera favorites!